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Delta agog for President

President Goodluck Jonathan with President of the Senate, David Mark, PDP's Acting Chairman, Alhaji Halilu Bello Mohhamed, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Usman, Bayero Nafada and PDP's Executive Secretary, Abubakar Baraje at thee 51st National Executive Committee Meeting of the Party (PDP) Thursday in Abuja.

By Emma Amaize
ASABA—THE Joint Task Force, JTF, yesterday, deployed soldiers in Oghara, hometown of former Governor James Ibori, and Asaba, the state capital, to enhance security during the President’s visit tomorrow.

President Jonathan is expected to visit the Ovie of Oghara, His Royal Majesty, Oreki II, after commissioning two projects in Oghara and thereafter, proceed to Asaba for a civic reception.

HRM Oreki II who spoke to Vanguard at Oghara, yesterday, dismissed the speculation that his people were planning to protest against President Jonathan during the visit because of the brush between Ibori and EFCC.

The monarch said: “There will not be any trouble when the President visits Oghara. We are  prepared to receive him.”

Meantime, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said the government and people of the state were ready to play host to President Jonathan who is on a one-day official visit.

Hitch-free visit

The governor told Vanguard in an interview: “We are prepared to receive President Jonathan on Saturday, June 19. We have made necessary arrangements and I expect a hitch-free visit because he is a son of Niger-Delta and we are all proud of him.”

The governor called on Niger-Deltans to support the administration of Dr. Jonathan, stressing: “We will not have any excuse for not supporting him. His success is a success for all of us and we should work for him to succeed.

“As a medical doctor, I am happy that the state government has finally completed the Delta University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, and the President will be here to commission it tomorrow.

This is because I know the pains medical students in our university had gone through all these years, because of it. Besides, it will be a referral centre for Deltans, who for no fault of theirs, have been travelling out of the state for medical attention.”

He added: “As somebody from the Niger-Delta, I also know the importance of having the headquarters of the Nigerian Navy Logistics Command in Oghara and that is why the state government did everything to complete the project.

“It is only those who don’t understand what government is that will tell you that it’s wrong for me to complete projects that were started by my predecessor in office. That is the problem with some people in our country.

So, do they expect me to abandon road, electricity and infrastructural projects meant for the benefit of our people because a new government came on board? I said it before and I am repeating it now, the government before us was a PDP government, we are a PDP government and we will not abandon the projects of our party.”


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