The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has renewed the vow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State to take over the state come 2023 and chase the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) out from power.
Speaking shortly at a reception hosted for him by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Barrister Alex Onwuadiamu in Illah shortly after inspecting the rehabilitation work on the Asaba-Ugbolu-Illah road in Oshimili North local government area of the state weekend, Omo-Agege expressed confidence that the party would sweep Delta and most of the states in the South-South.
Responding to a question that APC in the state has been fractured with leaders and their camps claiming to be the mainstream of the party, a development which is likely to affect the party in 2023, Omo-Agege said: “That is your judgment, not mine. You just wait and see as we head towards 2023 election, most of the Egyptians you see in the zone, you will not see them anymore, you just watch.”
According to him, the dividends of democracy provided by the APC controlled federal government to Deltans, would attract votes from the people saying: “we have hearkened to the cries of the electorate, what they are asking of us, we are doing for them.
“It is not just about human capital development but doing things that will be impactful and we are doing that. If you go to my zone right now, I have done a lot. I am now in synergy with my colleague here (Delta North). He is doing the same very well and very soon, we are going to mobilize the south and by the time we do that, the stage is set.
“The bulk of what has been done in this state is being done by the Chairman Senate Committee on NDDC. The bulk of his projects here are all roads. We are privilege to have him heading that Committee. If he leaves that committee tomorrow, we are in trouble that is why we won’t allow him to leave. We are very happy, he is doing very well.
“If you go to almost every community in this zone, you will see that he is accurate with the road construction everywhere and he is also helping in Delta Central and he and I are thinking how we are going to move it to Delta South,” Senator Omo-Agege said.
The deputy senate president representing Delta Central in the red chamber of the National Assembly also spoke on the need to give the new security chiefs some time to be able to deliver.
“The insecurity challenge in the country is a very big one but you should also note that this is not the one that is limited to Nigeria right now, it is everywhere but every day on the floor of the Senate, we put our heads together to probe into motions and how can address these issues. We pleaded with Mr. President that we needed a change in the leadership of the security agencies.
“They were there for so many years and these things continued and we thought we needed a breath of fresh air by the enthronement of new leadership, he obliged us and now we have a new leadership.
“I think we should just give them some time to come up with the ways to implement their own ideas,” Senator Omo-Agege explained.
Earlier, Barrister Onwuadiamu said that the people of Illah community believe in the leadership of the deputy senate President come 2023.
“We need a change; we have suffered so much anguish under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We are looking forward that the Egyptian we see today, we will see no more,” he said.
‘Rehabilitation of Asaba-Ilah Road will be completed next week’
Meanwhile, motorists plying the deplorable Asaba-Ugbolu-Ilah road in Delta State can now heave a sigh of relief as the rehabilitation of the road is expected to be completed in the next week.
Senator Omo-Agege said he was satisfied with the extent of work and its quality undertaken by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), adding that the rehabilitation will be completed as scheduled.
The Asaba-Ugbolu-Ilah which is a major shortcut for motorists from Delta and the Eastern states to Abuja through Edo State had been in a state of despair for over two years which occasioned drivers to seek alternative routes.
He recalled how a delegation of the people of Illah came to visit him in his office in Abuja complaining about the plight as a result of the dilapidated and unmotorable nature of the federal road and requested that he comes to their aid in getting the road fixed.
“Since I am not the only senator and I alone could not meet their request, I called a meeting of my colleagues where it was decided that I should approach the Federal Ministry of Works. We are thankful to President Buhari for approving the rehabilitation of the road, and also we are thankful to the Works Minister, Mr. Raji Fashola,” Senator Omo-Agege said.
“I want you to join me in commending Senator Peter Nwaoboshi for the synergy existing between us even though we do not belong to the same political party. And you know also that we are not the only senators from Delta State. And it is this synergy that has made the rehabilitation of the Anwai-Illah Road possible.”
He assured the people that on their request for 500 electricity poles, construction of Otu-Umute and Otu-Onya roads and a jetty in the community that he would laise with Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and senator representing Delta North to ensure that their requests were fulfilled.
Speaking, Senator Nwaoboshi who accompanied Senator Omo-Agege to the event said he has been directed, and that they will not wait till 2023 to fulfil the requests, but that the requests for 500 electric poles will be accommodated in the 2021 budget. Earlier, All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Oshimili North, Chief Ozor Njoagwuani had appreciated Senator Omo-Agege for the effort put in to make the road rehabilitation a reality.