The All Progressives Congress Governorship Campaign Organisation in Delta State has applauded the emergence of the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Osanebi, as the running mate to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the party’s governorship candidate for the 2023 general election in the state.
Osanebi, a lawyer and three-time member of the State Assembly, who hails from Beneku town in Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of the state, was nominated on Wednesday by Senator Omo-Agege in a personally signed statement.
Senator Omo-Agege had described the APC deputy governorship candidate as a man of impeccable character, serving as a three-time lawmaker in various committees which included Chairman, House Committee on Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission; Deputy Chief Whip; Chairman, House Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs; Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism among others.
The Delta APC governorship candidate revealed that his running mate emerged from a “painstaking internal vetting process in which many notable and highly qualified nominees were also considered.”
The Director, Communications and Media Strategy of the Delta APC Governorship Campaign Organisation, Ima Niboro, in a statement congratulating the former Deputy Speaker on his emergence as the party’s deputy governorship candidate, expressed the hope that he would add immense value to the ticket.
Also, the spokesperson hailed Omo-Agege for having confidence in the youth, emphasising that Osanebi’s choice was a testimony of Omo-Agege’s belief in the ability of the younger generation to drive the needed positive change in the state.
Aged 41 years, Osanebi is the youngest lawmaker in the Delta State House of Assembly. He was first elected in 2011 at age 31, re-elected in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
According to Niboro, the wild jubilation that greeted the announcement of Osanebi in Kwale and other surrounding towns, is a clear indication of his wide acceptance as a grassroots politician.
He urged Delta people to support the Agege/Osanebi ticket to rescue and rebuild the state, stressing that the team had developed a carefully thought-out roadmap to take the state out of its current distress and hopelessness.
Niboro, the former Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria then invited members of the public to soberly ponder on the aggravating negative social indicators including escalating crime rate, decaying infrastructure, sky-rocketing unemployment and overwhelming poverty that were eclipsing the oil-rich state.
He noted that the APC governorship candidate had considered these social indicators and had accordingly challenged himself to commit to a career of working tirelessly on a ‘rescue mission’ by seeking the collaboration and support of men and women of goodwill across the state to join in the mission to rescue and reposition the state for economic and social renaissance.