By Edeki Igafe
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called on members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Isoko South Local Government Area to mobilise massively for the Saturday’s state’s House of Assembly by-election in Isoko South.
Okowa made the call on Wednesday while addressing PDP members and supporters at a rally held at Oleh, the administrative headquarters of Isoko South.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the by-election is to fill the Isoko South Constituency One seat vacated by the late Kenneth Ogba in June 2021.
Okowa said that mobilisation of the electorate was necessary in view of the new Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device.
According to him, the device will ensure simultaneous accreditation of voters with finger prints and photograph to ensure authenticity and validity of votes cast.
The governor called for unity among party leaders and stakeholders ahead of the Saturday polls.
“Quarrelling is part of politics but people should not allow anger to destroy the collective interest of the people.
“There is need to be united because a divided people cannot develop as much as a united people and I want brotherly love and unity to continue to reign in Isoko land.
“Isoko people are already a blessed people and it is my prayer that Isoko nation will not see the kind of things that happened this year.
“We have lost many sons and daughters of Isoko this year alone,” he said.
Okowa commended party leaders and stakeholders in the area for resolving to work in the interest of the party and its candidate for the by-election, Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie.
“Let us mobilise the people to come and vote and after voting stay and protect your votes.
“I look forward to hearing the result because I am very sure we will win convincingly and shut the mouth of opposition up once and for all,” he said.
On electricity challenge in Oleh, Okowa said that he would liaise with the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Jonathan Ukodhiko, to proffer solutions.
He said that his administration would solve the problem because it was necessary to do so and not because of the election ahead.
Also, speaking, the state’s Chairman of PDP, Chief Kingsley Esiso, urged the people to remain steadfast in their support for the party.
He called on party faithful to come out en masse to vote for the `umbrella’ party.
Chairman of the party in Isoko South, Chief Godspower Obaro, said the people of Oleh would vote massively for the PDP in appreciation for the numerous infrastructural development in the area.
Director-General of the Campaign Council, Chief Itiako Ikpokpo, called for vigilance among the electorate to ensure that voting was not disrupted during the election.
Some former members of other parties led by Mr Jonathan Egbe, joined the PDP at the rally. (NAN)