By Timi Black
Delta State governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Emmanuel Edesiri Aguariavwodo has shunned the recommendations of Delta Central lobby group DC-23, as he begins consultation of Sapele PDP delegates, adding that he is the most qualified to take over from Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa as governor of Delta State, come 2023.
Avgwariawodo, who made this known on Monday February 7, 2022 while declaring his intention to contest the Delta State 2023 governorship election to the leadership and members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Sapele.
Speaking further, Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo said that in terms of education, experience and support for the party, he remained the best.
He noted that apart from his qualifications and political experience, he also decided to contest for the Delta State governorship seat come 2023 because he has paid his dues.
“I have been to the house of Representatives, I have been to the Senate, I have been Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, the buck stops on my table, I know how to take decision, I have programmes when implemented will help to sustain the developmental stride of this administration. I am a man of peace” he noted.
On why he visited the Sapele local government chapter of the party, Aguariavwodo said: “This is a party affair, we must come out right now to tell our party members that this is who we are, that we are ready and qualified, we will offer Deltans good governance, accountability, I will further transform Delta state, just as the state governor is doing, and ensure that we have one Delta”.
Aguariavwodo assured the PDP members that when elected he would conduct the affairs of the state with sense of purpose, pledging that he will foster a sense of belonging in the party by permitting members to contribute their quota to governance.
Speaking on the report by members of DC-23, the Governorship aspirant said: “I don’t know the criteria that members of DC-23 used in screening out aspirants, while recommending others to the party. But, I want Deltans to know that I am still in the race, hence I have come to consult delegates from Sapele local government area”.
Chief Perkins Umukoro Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sapele while responding to Senator Aguariavwodo said that he has known him way back to 1997 before he won the election to serve as a member of the House of Representatives, adding that the senator has the credibility to governor Delta State and will do well if given the opportunity to serve the people of Delta State as their governor come 2023.