The Vice Presidential running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has advised stakeholders of the party to take advantage of the disarray of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State to win the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Okowa gave the charge during the inauguration ceremony of the Osun National Governorship Campaign Council of the PDP on Wednesday at the headquarters of the party in Abuja.
“From the information that we have, the APC is already in disarray in the state but that is not enough for us to go to sleep.
“We are very much aware of the events that took place four years ago. There is no doubt that the PDP won that election but unfortunately, we were cheated out of the election. As we move into another election, we are confident that if all of us stay committed to the party, that we will be able to deliver the victory for our party.”
The Delta State Governor stated that Osun State certainly was a PDP state. He said there were great leaders who had a very obvious understanding of the politics in the state. He urged all leaders and followers in the state to quickly reconcile the gaps of divide that was amongst members of the party, because victory stared the party in the face; “God has gone ahead of the party.”
He further stated that he would be joining in the campaign to ensure that the party had victory alongside the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, on his return from his trip overseas.
“We believe that we are able to redeem Nigeria, rescue it and begin a process of rebuilding this nation. Yes, we were in office and made some mistakes. We have learnt our lessons, we have apologised to Nigerians. We’re coming back as a rebranded PDP and we are going to entrench democracy.”
The Deputy National Chairman North, Umar Damagum, who is the acting National Chairman of the party, said the responsibility that was to be bestowed on the council was the sole mandate of going to Osun State and win the election for the party.
“I believe with the caliber of people that have been selected to steer this campaign organisation, I have no doubt that you will give us the desired result.
“I also want to advise you to use that opportunity to engage the stakeholders in Osun, go to every corner, we have a very popular candidate in Osun and we have no reason not to win the election.
“If it is possible, break yourself into smaller committees to reach out to all and sundry, just make sure you give all it takes to win this election.
“The PDP had constituted an Ekiti Campaign Council that was never inaugurated, which may have resulted to the party’s defeat in the elections.
“With this inuaguaration of this 128-man council, the party has the conviction that it is ready to win the Osun Governorship Election,” Damagum said.