Tinubu, Omo-Agege, Oshiomhole slam PDP for under-developing Delta State

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The trio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mr. Bola Tinubu, former national chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and the deputy senate president, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for under-developing Delta State despite the huge resources accruing to it.

They made the accusation during the kick-off of the APC rally held yesterday (Saturday) at the Warri Township Stadium in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.

The APC standard bearer said Delta is one of the richest oil bearing states in the country but regretted that the PDP had run the state aground.

“Delta is among Nigeria’s largest oil and gas producing states. Revenue from oil and gas has historically been the backbone of government revenue and foreign exchange earnings.

“As such your state and other oil producers have made a one-of-a-kind financial contribution to the building of modern Nigeria. The nation is thankful to you.

“Delta has all it takes to be great and help lead the nation forward. Yet, for the past twenty-three years, those governing your state have taken you for a hard and long ride by selling you short. They have not done the things they should have and could have done for you.

“The infrastructure in the state was better 30 years ago than it is now. The state has recorded historic debts run up by the incumbent yet the infrastructure and other things still remain lacking because of under investment and neglect,” he said.

Tinubu alleged that huge money earned by the state had been taken away by outsiders.

“The money is much but it does not have legs. Where did it go? Not to your welfare. Perhaps, it has found a home with a certain presidential candidate who loves Dubai more than Nigeria.

“But Delta State is not an ATM for migratory politicians. It is a place where good and hardworking people reside and work to create decent and peaceful lives for themselves and their families,” he added.

Tinubu whose wife, Remi is of Itshekiri extraction in Delta described the state as his home and therefore promised to re-activate the gas revolution industrial park while also seeing to the cleaning of the whole Niger-Delta region to ensure that the host communities benefit from oil drilled from their domains.

“Our government will further re-activate the multi-billion dollar gas revolution industrial park project. President Buhari’s administration has made great strides in revisiting this project. We will complete it.

“Gas will become a national priority. I envision fertilizer and petrochemical plants, aluminum smelters, methanol plants, all creating jobs for the unemployed while producing goods that bolster farming, construction and other industries.

“We will step up and clean up the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Ministry of the Niger Delta.

“The NDDC will be improved. Greater cooperation with Communities which have suffered the environmental degradation will be my policy.

“I am saddened by the environmental cost which the oil and gas industry has exacted. Our moral and economic duty calls us to clean the Niger Delta and to create new opportunities for young Deltans to build better lives for themselves,” he added.

On infrastructure, Tinubu said he would revisit the deep sea port project and the Omadino – Escravos Road project, rehabilitate the Warri, Koko, Sapele and Burutu ports as well as create employment in the state if elected president in 2023.

In his speech, Omo-Agege said Okowa had failed the state and should step down.

He said Delta under Okowa’s watch had become poverty and slum capital of the country and urged the Deltans to vote for Tinubu and all APC candidates in the 2023 general elections.

Omo-Agege said a vote for the APC candidates will usher in the much needed development in the Delta state.

“The Warri Port and Koko Ports will be reactivated. When he becomes president, with me as governor, I will go back to him to take a review of the privatisation Delta Steel Company, Aladja and full implementation of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko

“I am also committing to you that the export processing zone (EPZ), Ogidigben will come back to reality.

“I want to appeal to all Deltans, we have our chance to get free of the tyranny of Delta state.

“Today, we are blessed by an opponent whose credentials are being debated. The current governor wants to market education as a scam.

“We now have a chance to come out, go to our units and vote out the tyranny of PDP,” he said.

For his part, Oshiomhole accused Okowa of under-developing the state.

The erstwhile APC national chairman who spoke in pidgin English, said he backed Tinubu for the presidency because Tinubu, as governor of Lagos State, turned the state around and made it one of the biggest economies in Africa.

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