All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Delta State, Ovie Omo-Agege has urged Deltans to vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in order to attract federal projects, such as the revival of seaports, to the state.
He also declared his resolve to establish one cluster industry in each of the 25 local government areas in the state, when he becomes governor in 2023.
Unveiling his manifesto to reporters in Asaba, the state capital, on Thursday, Omo-Agege, who is Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, stated that the oil-producing state deserves no less so as to regain its rightful place in the country.
“We shall establish a Delta State Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme (DEEP), and facilitate the establishment of cluster industries in each of the 25 Local Government Areas of our State. We will deliberately create an enabling environment for industries and manufacturing; establish tech hubs, set up small business loan guarantee schemes, promote skills acquisition and set up a Career Development Centre for Deltans,” he said.
Omo-Agege added: “Never in history have we faced such difficult times in our state. Beyond politics and political party affiliation, we all know that with the enormous resources and competence of Deltans all over the world, our state is not where it ought to be.
“Under the PDP, and especially in the last seven years, the problems of Delta State have been squarely rooted in bad leadership, misplaced priorities, pervasive incompetence, and even corruption.”
Calling on the people to reject the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship candidate, Sherrif Oborevwori, whom he accused as fronting an alleged third term for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the APC guber flag bearer stressed that the Governor has failed the state.
Displaying his enviable credentials, Omo-Agege noted that with his record of public service, his aspiration “represents and offers the change needed to return the state to the path of economic prosperity. The offer of PDP in the 2023 gubernatorial elections in the person of Mr. Oborevwori is a bad one for Delta State, because it exemplifies incompetence, bad judgment and everything that went wrong in the past seven years.”
At the event, Omo-Agege unfurled a 60-page manifesto anchored on EDGE, which he explained as “E for Employment and Empowerment, D for Development (Economic, Infrastructural and Industrial), G for Good Governance, and E for Enduring Peace and Security.”
The APC candidate added: “With EDGE, we bring credibility, efficiency and trust back to governance. It is the ultimate paradigm shift to reform our public service, cut the cost of governance, eliminate waste, and deny corruption and other crimes comfort and safety in our governance architecture.’