*As 2,000 DPP members decamp to PDP in Okpe LGA
BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—CANDIDATE of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the October 12, Delta Central senatorial by-election, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, has promised to ensure the re-opening of Sapele port, if elected into the Senate.
Aguariavwodo, who spoke at Orerokpe during his campaign tour to the area, said that the seaport would create employment opportunities for many unemployed Urhobo youths and also boost the socio-economic lives of the people.
He said he would ensure that the Urhobo ethnic nationality recovered all it had lost politically in the last few years when he gets to the National Assembly as a Senator.
Saying that all the Urhobo needed to do to get maximum dividends of democracy was to vote for PDP in the forthcoming senatorial by-election and subsequent elections, he added that PDP was the only party that could take the Urhobo to the promised land.
He said: “I will fight for the rights of the Urhobo when I get to the Senate. I will ensure we get our fair share of the dividends of democracy as an ethnic nationality and as the fifth largest ethnic group in the country.”
Earlier in his speech, chairman of the campaign council, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, said “the Urhobo cannot afford to be in opposition anymore,” urging the people to vote enmasse for PDP.
Receiving over the 2,000 persons that decamped from the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, to PDP at the rally, Oyovbaire said that the party was the only party that could address the needs and aspirations of the Urhobo people.
Speaking to newsmen, one of the decampees, Mr. Emmanuel Izobo, described his sojourn in DPP as wasted years, adding, “PDP is the only party that will lead us out of the wilderness. I appeal to our people to vote PDP in the October 12 senatorial by-election.”