By Fidel Njamanze
Delta Leaders have praised Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, whom they described as an administrator of no mean repute and a distinguished politician, attributes which they said made the President to offer her opportunities to serve the people and the country.
“We have examined all the governorship aspirants, especially the leading one in the state and it is clear to us that Dr. Ngozi Olejeme is the best. She represents a Delta State that is dedicated to serving the best interests of the people; a Delta State which offers hope to the people; a Delta State where things work. Others aspirants in the PDP represent narrow, sectional and divisive tendencies which can threaten the unity, peace and progress of the state,” the leaders said after a meeting in Abuja.
Stressing that Olejeme is the best governorship aspirant in the state, in terms of performance and commitment to the enlargement and deepening of democracy, the leaders said “she has all it takes to lead the state to success.”
Speaking glowingly on her achievements in Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and other organizations, spokesperson of Delta State Political Forum (DSPF), Chief Efe Umukoro on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014, said the leaders praised her for her patriotic and courageous service as well as acknowledged her capacity to undergo painful but often necessary reforms.
“We have observed her leadership style at close range and she really excels. She is in the governorship race to bring peace and development to the state. She will restore the confidence of the people in government. She will also reinvent and locate Delta State on the path of sustained growth,” the elders said.
They, therefore, urged Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and PDP delegates in the state to make her the party’s touch bearer.
“The next governor must be a person of proven integrity, experience and compassion for the well-being of the people. Olejeme is a woman of wisdom, dedication and integrity.
“We are not trying to read the mind of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, but we believe he is one person who really believes in the unity of the state and if he is to be believed to ensure a united Delta State, he must do everything possible to support Dr. Olejeme, the only reliable governorship aspirant,” the leaders added.
In another development, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Delta State, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme on Sunday, 30th November, 2014, advised Nigerians to jettison selfish interest, but to love their country more and think about what they could do for the country as a way of fostering unity and progress.
“We must repudiate the politics of extremism and political intolerance. We must aim high and make meaningful contribution to our various communities. We must keep alive the principles of love and tolerance. We must keep the unity of this country inviolate. We must apply our knowledge for the advancement of our country,” she said
Speaking at the 2014 Non-Yoruba Peoples Cultural Festival in Lagos, the Delta State gubernatorial aspirant said; “What it takes for any society to develop is not only the resilience of the people but the commitment, dedication, personal experience and wide contacts of its leaders.
“I have what it takes to run a better, open government that will bring progress, restore the dignity of the average Delta man and give the desired respect to traditional institutions, elders and the people,” she said.
Promising to provide quality leadership for all Deltans, Olejeme said she would advance towards the vision of a united Delta.
“I’ll advance towards a strong Delta, a prosperous Delta, a peaceful Delta, a just Delta, indeed a great Delta. I’ll provide quality leadership for all Deltans. I’ll impact positively on the lives of the people.
I’ll tackle the menace of poverty, hunger and the increasing rate of ignorance in the state. I’ll ensure that children get free and compulsory qualitative education while the elders enjoy adult literacy programme. I’ll turn Delta State into an industrially rich business environment. I’ll institutionalize mechanize farming. I’ll provide basic infrastructure, create employment opportunities and also provide enabling environment for people to come and invest in the state. I’ll look beyond Federation Accounts. I’ll create wealth and improve healthcare in the state. I’ll develop the rural areas. I’ll put smile on the faces of civil servants and pensioners;” she promised.
She stressed that development was only possible through honest, credible leadership imbued with a sense of mission and a clear appreciation of the needs of the people.
Extoling the virtues of President Goodluck Jonathan, Olejeme said; “Nigeria is much better today.
“In the last four years, the country took giant steps forward in every sphere of life. The President is doing a lot to encourage women. He is appointing them to be ministers, advisers and board chairmen. He will be happy to see many women pass through into the elective positions in 2015. Nigeria needs President Jonathan in 2015 to reach the envisaged heights” she said.
“PDP will form the government in 2015. The voters are prepared to use their vote to ensure the success of the party in Nigeria, particularly Delta State” she added.