The National Association of Okada Union in Delta State has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to allow the leading governorship aspirant in the state, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, to fly the party’s governorship flag, come 2023.
Mr. Lawrence Usemoney, who led members of the union from Ughelli South, Ughelli North and Udu local government areas, on a courtesy visit yesterday to Olorogun Gbagi’s Oginibo country home in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state, said they chose to endorse him because of his antecedents.
He disclosed that they were moved by his passionate heart towards their welfare and positive responses each time members, who are faced with one challenge or the other, call on him for assistance.
According to Usemoney, “Members of the association are in support of your candidacy as the next governor of our state”.
“We equally call on our Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that they should give Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi the mandate to serve his people since he is grassroot man.”
Responding, the PDP governorship hopeful, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, charged members of the Okada Union to go and get registered when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commences the continuous registration exercise for those who are up to 18 years and above in order to enable them exercise their franchise, come 2023.
The foremost industrialist and former Minister of State for Education, also tasked them, to pray and continue to support the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration in order for him to finish stronger.
He commended them for their peaceful disposition and regard for the incumbent governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, whom he said, when supported would be motivated to do more for Deltans and leave lasting legacies.
According to him:
“I want to equally thank you that you have largely respected the governor of the state and let me tell you, pray for the governor, he can’t do much and if all we have is “bad mouth”, he will not do much. If you install a king, you worship him”.“Go and register because that will be done any moment from now. My appeal and request to you people today is that, everybody who is up to 18 years in your family that has not registered, tell them to go and register”.
He reiterated the fact that he is one among the three founding members of PDP.
“When we founded the party, we didn’t found it for children who joined yesterday and those we gave commissionership and work as Civil Servants to come and lead us. That was not how we planned it.”
Gbagi promised them that he would continue to support them to ensure that they do their job with ease.
“If they talk of motorcycles I have released just this year alone, it is more than a thousand. What I am most happy about is that the Okada people in Delta State are largely peaceful”.
The governorship hopeful, disclosed that he would industrialize the state in order to create job opportunities for the youths, assuring that they would be gainfully employed.