The opposition Peoples Democratic Party is set to prevail nationwide over the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said.
The governor, who said the PDP was getting stronger all over the country, spoke at Owa, Ika North-East local government area of Delta State, while addressing PDP faithful after the local government congress in the area.
“We are confident that going into the future, we will win all the states of the federation,” Mr. Okowa said.
“We must continue to build consensus, we must be able to build friendship and ensure that every voice is heard; we have always won elections in Delta State but we cannot go to sleep.”
The governor said although Delta State had always been known as the home of PDP, the peaceful ward and local government congresses in the state were further evidence that the reconciliation and consensus efforts of the party were yielding fruits.
Mr. Okowa added, “I congratulate the chairman and those who were elected into the executive committee of the party at the local government areas, including the national delegates.
“I must thank our party leaders because what we witnessed today, shows unity and strength; we had very peaceful congresses not only in Ika North-East but the 25 local government areas of Delta State.
“We have engaged in the process of reconciliation and building consensus and the peace we are enjoying in our party today is a product of hard work.
“Because we worked hard, we had a peaceful congress and we have seen a wonderful showing that we love ourselves and the consensus we have built is good for us.”
Declaring the result of the congress in the local government, the PDP Returning Officer in the local government, Chux Nwaebuni, thanked the people for their orderly conduct which he said produced peaceful elections.
According to the result he declared, Godwin Ogadi was re-elected chairman, with Johnbull Miti elected deputy chairman.
Others who clinched different positions during the congress are Hubert Obiagwe (Secretary), Ngozi Onyedum (Assistant Secretary), Rufus Uzochi (Publicity Secretary), Igah Samuel (Assistant Publicity Secretary), Lawrence Eziokwu (Treasurer), Mark Idegwu (Auditor), Itoroh Donstus (Legal Adviser), Odum Andrew (Financial Secretary), Aghanti Godwin (Organizing Secretary), Ikem Virgina (Woman Leader), Idehen Alfred (Youth Leader), Sylvanus Tudeme (Ex-officio), Joseph Okorie (Ex-Officio), Ben Obuh (Ex-Officio), Orie Catherine (Ex-officio) and Omashor Nkechi (Ex-officio).
A former Commissioner for Transport in the state, Lawrence Osiegbu, was elected national delegate.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected local government party chairman, Mr. Ogadi, assured party faithful that he would work with his team to pursue reconciliation and bring in more members from other parties into PDP.