A labour-based political group operating on the platform of the PDP in Delta state, known as Option A Initiative, has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term.
Addressing its teeming members in Sapele, the Principal Coordinator of the group, Comrade Olumami Oyibo, said they were committed to the return of Governor Okowa for a second tenure so that the Delta North Senatorial District could complete its eight year’s turn of governance in the state and also because of the governor’s performance.
According to the group, there is a subsisting arrangement for each senatorial district in the state to govern the state for eight years of two tenures of four years each, adding that the Delta Central and Delta South have had their turns and it is the turn of the North to have their second tenure to complete their eight year’s turn.
Oyibo said: “Option A is all about Okowa; it’s just Okowa; it’s turn by turn. As far as Delta State is concerned, there is an arrangement. There is an agreement, whether written or unwritten that power must shift, power must rotate.
“Delta Central under Chief Ibori took its turn of eight years and my own brother Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan took the turn of Delta South through the G3. Now the rotation has gone to Delta North and Okowa is just completing the first tenure. Naturally, for fairness, equity and justice, we expect him to take his second tenure”, he said.
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Oyibo noted that group is also throwing its weight behind Okowa because of his excellent performances in the past three and half years, adding that in spite of the poor state of the economy inherited by him, he, indeed, performed beyond expectations.
The Principal Coordinator, further emphasized that the group is supporting the second tenure Okowa because he has done very well, saying “we are not just supporting him because for the sake of it, we are supporting him because he has done very well and he deserves a second term.
Commenting on the size of the membership of the group, Oyibo said that it is labour-based, adding that it include a massive grassroots movement that has its presence in the 25 local government Areas of the state, stressing that the billboards of Option A Initiative are in every local government secretariats in the state.
“Option A is everywhere. If you go to any local government secretariat, you will see the billboards of Option A. I can also tell you that in every rally in the state you have the presence of Option A there because in all the local governments we have Option A members there”, he said.
Oyibo, who is also the current chairman of the Delta State Local Government Service Commission, said that members of the group were engaged in canvassing for votes for the governor, adding that the group will be organizing a statewide rally for Okowa in Asaba in February.
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