At the Township Stadium in Ughelli, the lyric of the music from the sound system and to which the massively mobilised party supporters were moved to dance to was palpable. It said: “Atiku-Okowa de come o, Sheriff de come, Atiku-Okowa de come o, everybody follow who know road o.”
The equally massively thronged Oleh Stadium in Isoko South Local Government had inscriptions on the customised party attire worn by some supporters beckoning with the message: “Come, let’s Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria.”
These were the operational messages that leaders and chieftains who spoke at various times underscored when the campaign train of Delta Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Council hit Ughelli North and Isoko South Local Government Areas Wednesday in their messages of support and assurance to vote for the party’s candidates to underscore their commitment to PDP declared mission to “Reset, Rescue and Rebuild” the Nigerian nation.
The Ughelli North Local Government Campaign co-ordinator set the ball rolling saying that the Local Government is focused on PDP victory come 2023. “The Local Government’s leadership has synergized and we are set to deliver PDP candidates across board. Ughelli North is for PDP victory and this victory is sure,” he said.
Notable PDP chieftain, Chief Fred Majemite, hinted of a change in the narrative of the politics of Ughelli North. He said: “All those who left PDP have returned to the party, and Ughelli North is now united behind PDP. We are breaking the jinx.”
Majemite then broke into a song saying: “We have decided to go for PDP, We have decided to go for PDP, we have decided to go for PDP, no turning back no turning back.”
Hon. Festus Agas, who is also the Chief of Staff, Government House, aligned himself with the sayings of Chief Majemite, and told the campaign train to be rest assured that they have decided to change the political narrative in Ughelli North. “In the next election, Ughelli North will deliver PDP six-over-six,” Agas assured.
Mr. George Oyefia from Orogun said the 2023 elections provides the people of Ughelli North the opportunity to reciprocate the good gesture done to the people of the Local Government in providing infrastructural development to the people, the many appointments for its members, human capital development, empowerment of widows and skill acquisition programmes for the youths. He said: “Because of what the PDP has done for the people, we are going to deliver six-over-six.”
A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Charles Oniyere, who is a member of the Delta State house of Assembly, dumped the APC and its broom for PDP. And acknowledged the Delta PDP Governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori is a servant-leader and pledged to work for his election and the election of other candidates in 2023.
Director of Campaigns, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon while thanking the people for their massive turnout at the campaign rally urged them to ensure that they put their thumbprint in the space with the umbrella picture on the ballot papers.
PDP State Chairman, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, touched by the multitudes at the rally, said the impressive turnout showed that the people of Ughelli North were tired of the APC-led Federal Government. “That government has brought hardship to Nigerians, making them buy a bag of rice for N55,000.
Receiving another APC decampee to PDP Esiso said: “There are persons who have been in darkness and have seen the light. They have been carrying brooms about like witches.” He then received Chief Esiobe and his followers, who dumped the broom to take on the umbrella.
Esiobe said: “I am here today to tell you that there’s no other party than PDP. We are here to tell you that PDP will win across board in 2023.”
Yet another APC member who openly dumped the party at the rally for the PDP revealed that he was originally a member of the PDP before leaving for APC. The man whose name was not immediately available said: “I have gone to the wilderness where there’s no water. You will agree that things are not moving well with Nigeria, businesses in Nigeria have shut down. The prodigal son is back to PDP where I belong and PDP will win Ughelli North six-over-six.”
Receiving the Vice-Presidential Candidate of PDP and Governor of Delta, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, and the campaign train to Isoko South Local Government rally held at Oleh Stadium, Mr. Odion Godspower Obaro declared that Isoko South is PDP.
Obaro told the Governor that the good deeds of his administration in delivering needed projects to the communities, and the exemplary leadership style he brought to bear on his administration in Delta State has endeared him to the people of Isoko South. “As a result, Isoko South will vote for all the PDP candidates,” he said.
As if reiterating what Obaro said, the former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator (Mrs) Stella Omu in his speech said: “PDP has tested and trusted persons with integrity to rescue us from the pain we are suffering in Nigeria. The Atiku-Okowa show cases tested persons, which also demonstrate sensitivity to the religious sensibilities of Nigerians.”
She told the campaign congregation not to be deceived by voting for any other party than the PDP. “Voting for PDP candidates is the way to rescue Nigeria from the prevailing national malady. And she sang to end her speech, saying: “When Atiku-Okowa don de rule, Nigeria go better; when Atiku-Okowa don de rule Nigeria go better.”