President Muhammadu Buhari has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) will take-over the affairs of Delta state after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
This, he said, was going by the achievements of the party in the state during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Buhari made the declaration yesterday at the PTI Conference Centre, Effurun, Uvwie council area of the state when he addressed a congregation of the party’s stakeholders and other stakeholders of the state, including traditional rulers.
The President, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, also assured the stakeholders that the federal government would ensure there is adequate security during next Saturday’s elections to address concerns about rigging and other electoral anomalies.
“What happened last Saturday is a great victory for us but it is only the beginning because the completion of that victory is going to come by the grace of God on Saturday March 9, 2019 when we vote in our own governor, Great Ogboru, who will by the grace of God be a governor from that very day.
“It is very clear to everybody and to the world that Delta State can never be the same again.
“It’s impossible for Delta State to go back after what happened on Saturday. As the APC chairman said, we all watched to see what will happen in Delta state. Delta state was a focus of all of our attention.
“Just as the chairman has said, we have seen a Delta state where the PDP was unable to recall a vote of 1.2 million.
“We wanted to see what way they can be curtailed, but you all proved that ‘you can tell a lie for a thousand years, but one day the truth will catch up’ and the truth caught up with them last Saturday.
“That truth will manifest itself fully this Saturday when we hold the next election. Delta state has proved a very important point that this state is ready for change to the next level.
“The other reason why it is so important for us to ensure that Delta State become an APC state has been pointed out. The social investment programme that we put in place, it is only APC governor that can implement such programmes faithfully.
“We believe that once we are able to have an APC governor such programmes will be implemented.”
The event gathered leaders and stakeholders of the party in the state, including the governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, the leaders of the party in the state, like the Minister of State of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, former governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and others.