Delta State governor announces imminent local government council elections

Delta State governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, announced during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders meeting at the Unity Hall, Government House in Asaba that elections for the Local Government Councils will soon take place following the expiration of the tenure of Local Government Council chairmen on March 8.

The governor at the meeting, urged leaders and party stakeholders to be ready for the council election following the expiration of the tenure of the current council chairmen next week. 

He said: "The local government council chairmen will exit this coming week and l want to assure you that very soon, we will do election into local government councils. A date will be announced for the election; it will not be too long. 

"I just want to put you on notice that the wards should continue to bubble, let our local government continue to get stronger. PDP is a party that you cannot beat. 

"We are still more united across the South-South; Delta State is firm, the party is strong. We are united and there is cooperation everywhere. Nothing to worry about. Even at the national, we are doing our best. 

"We know very soon that the congresses at the wards, at the Local Government Areas, at the State and even including the zonal, all will be held this year. So, once we meet at the NEC meeting, decisions would be taken. So, nothing to worry about. 

"In terms of appointments, despite the challenges, we have also appointed those people that were nominated from the wards. In less than seven months, we were able to do it and that has made our people to smile across the local government areas. 

"When we came in, we also did the appointment of commissioners and board members and there are some few boards that have not been inaugurated but very soon, we will do that. Those ones expired few months ago and some even expired last month. 

"So, we want to assure you that we will continue to work together for the sustainable growth and development of the state. 

"Our leaders, l will continue to count on your support and l want to assure you that as we settle in, we will not neglect you; we will not neglect your local government and we will not neglect the people. 

"Like l promised that l am governor for all Deltans; all of us will continue to work together. What is good is that l have received prayers from my predecessors and they have said that they want me to do better than them. So, we cannot afford to fail them." 

Governor Oborevwori commended party leaders for their support for his administration, assuring that he would be equitable to all local government areas across the state. 

"I want to appreciate all of you for standing by me and this administration. You people have done very well. I can even walk tall now anywhere l go outside the state. 

"As a government, we have done our best across the three senatorial districts. We have awarded contracts across the three senatorial districts and we are building on the foundation laid by the previous administration. 

"All the jobs that they have awarded are all on track as l have promised Deltans that l will not abandon anyone. 

"There has been impressive cooperation from the legislature and also the judiciary. So, we are working together; we are on the same page and that is why you see that we are doing our best," he said. 

In their separate remarks, former governors of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, urged leaders of the party to continue to work in one accord for the sustainable victory of the party in subsequent elections. 

Earlier in his welcome remarks, State chairman of the party, Chief Kingsley Esiso, lauded Governor Oborovweri for his good works since coming into office and commended the party leaders and stakeholders for their contributions leading to the victory of the party in the last general elections. 

He appealed to all members to continue to promote the party and the activities of the government in the various wards and local governments. 

Highpoint of the meeting was a vote of confidence passed on the governor for his good works across the state. The motion was moved by Chief Esther Uduehi, seconded by Chief Emmanuel Amgbaduba and was unanimously adopted by all stakeholders, according to a press release issued by the governor’s media unit.
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