By Ifeanyi Olannye
The governor gave his advice on Saturday when addressing party supporters at a rally organized by the party leadership in the area to welcome returnees and those who left the opposition party for the PDP in Sapele on Saturday.
Other people who left the CPA include former House of Representatives member Chief Solomon Edoja; Hon. Julius Akpovoka, Chef Francis Aguonigho, Chef Spin Ogboru, Chef Anthony Enakpoya and Chef David Ukueku.
Okowa praised the defectors, saying the party was a very organized family in the country and strong enough to win in all local government areas of Delta Central in 2023.
He described Igbuya as a friend and ally who contributed immensely to his emergence as governor in 2015.
Okowa said: “Anyone who challenges a political office must tidy up their house. I have spoken and I hope you have heard me.
“Our goal is to provide a PDP in all local governments across the state.
“In 2015, we won in four local government areas of Delta Central; in 2019, we won in six local authorities; in 2023, we will win in all eight local government zones in Delta Central.
“We are a united family in PDP and once we make this decision, we will all stand by it.
“It is not about me but what is good for all Deltans, and at the appropriate time, we will meet and make a decision which will be for the general good of all Deltans.”
Receiving the returnees, the state’s PDP chairman, Leader Kingsley Esiso, said the party was the only visible and well-organized political party in the state.
“I welcome you all to this great consolidation rally organized by our party in the central senatorial district of Delta.
“Here in Delta, there is only one political party led by our kind Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.
“I have seen a lot of banners for wannabes but I want to tell them that during their campaign they should be very peaceful about it.
“We also have aspirants from all parts of Delta; just as you have the right to aspire, others also have the right to aspire, ”said Esiso.
Earlier in his welcome speech, PDP Delta Central chairman Dr Patrick Fovie said the rally was being organized to welcome returning party members who have taken a “political sabbatical.”
He praised Governor Okowa for his leadership sagacity, describing him as an “embodiment of probity and responsibility” in government.
Other party leaders who spoke at the rally included Professor Sam Oyovbaire, Leader Ighoyota Amori and Leader John Oguma.
They said the rally was preparation around 2023, adding that the district was set to produce the next state governor.
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