By Wale Akinola
The ambition of Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, the gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, received a boost, weekend, with his endorsement by the former gubernatorial candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the state in the 2007 polls, Chief Peter Okocha, who recently returned to the PDP, with his group.
The endorsement which took place at the Ibusa country home of Okocha, marked a major realignment of forces in Delta State politics even as Okocha described it as the beginning of a new dawn in the state.
Addressing theÂ crowd, made up of Okochaâ€™s supporters and other political associates, the PDP returnee said the present administration in Delta State has failed the people.
According to him, another four years of the government will be â€œcatastrophic for Delta people.â€ He asked all stakeholders in the state to join hands to bring into office, a government that will ensure positive development in the state.
Okocha warned the people of Delta against selling their votes and, by implication, their conscience, noting that voters should seek for long term benefits by voting credible leaders into government.
The PDP leader said that though Governor Uduaghan is his personal friend, he has not acted like a friend to the Delta people, â€œas there is nothing on ground to show for the three and a half years of the government in powerâ€.
He cited unfinished projects like the Asaba International Airport and the dualisation of Ughelli road as among the areas where the Uduaghan government has failed.
Omo_Agege had, earlier in his speech, said he ventured into the Delta gubernatorial race to save the state from poor administration.
The gubernatorial aspirant alleged that the state government has in less than four years raked in N650 billion as revenue from diverse sources with practically nothing to show for it, saying the people of Delta are demanding explanation on how such a huge amount was spent.
He reiterated his five_point agenda of free education, free medical care, security of life and property, agriculture and infrastructural renewal when voted as Delta governor.
According to him, government under him will spread development across the state while the Ogwuashi Dam project as well as Asaba modernization will be given priority.
Omo_Agege pleaded with the people: â€œI canâ€™t do all these things I promise alone. I need your supportâ€