Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the governorship aspirant of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Comrade Frank Ufuoma Esanubi, has sworn to kick out the incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), out of the state for alleged non-performance.
The gubernatorial aspirant also promised that when elected he would create job opportunities for Deltans, promising that moribund industries in the state would be revamped to employ youths.
He stated this at an enlarged meeting of State Executive Committee (SEC), local government area chairmen, secretaries and women leaders held at the party secretariat, Asaba.
Esanubi posited that the poverty experienced across the state, is a product of failed successive governments of the PDP occasioned by misused resources, “if our resources are well utilized, we will not be in the situation we are”, he likened the situation to a father who goes to the bar to drink and tells his children that things are tough that they should manage, “it is not lack of resources that is causing suffering in that house, it is misused resources available to that house and that is the problem we suffer in Delta State today”.
He assured that when he comes on board, his administration would correct the anomalies created by PDP, “PDP has been in power for the past 18 years, the question to ask ourselves is that how has our lives improved between 1999 to 2018?”
He tongue lashed the state government for presiding over the collapse of industries in the state, “Enternit that was employing thousands of people, a state government sits down and see that the company is collapsing and presides over the fall of that company. No sane government does that.”
He said government that have ruled the state in time past including the incumbent, only takes care of their political appointees to the detriment of Deltans especially teachers, civil servants and retirees, saying that his mission is to ensure that resources of the state are well used for the benefits of the citizens of the state.
According to him, one of the major cardinal program we are going to have as a state is in the area of empowering our graduates. As soon as they finish their academic program and they go for youth service; for every graduate that finishes youth service that is of Delta State origin, we are going to provide a facility of up to N1 million for the person to start business.
He said one of the conditions to qualify for the facility is that, such a student must have attended public tertiary institutions, “the people who will be our focal point are those whose parents are farmers in the village, teachers and civil servants who do not have enough resources to send their children to private schools and foreign universities”, revealing that those in the informal sector would be trained and facilities would be given to them.
He also revealed that another cardinal program is to identify the agricultural produce which every local government council have comparative advantage over “and we identify that product, we are going to site a factory that will produce that product. For every local government, we are going to have a minimum of one agro based industry sited in each local government in the state”, stressing that it would create both direct and indirect jobs for Deltans.
He challenged all party faithfuls to spread the good news to the people just as he discouraged the masses from believing that votes don’t count.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the State Chairman of the party, Barrister David Ekuetafia, who presented the governorship aspirant to the people said the essence of the meeting was to have an interactive session with the gubernatorial hopeful and other aspirants from the party.