One of the high-ranking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) guber aspirants, Olorogun David Edevbie, has officially declared his interest to contest the 2023 governorship seat in Delta State. Olorogun Edevbie made the official declaration in Asaba, the State Capital, on Monday 11th April 2022, at the State Secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
While appealing to the State leadership of the PDP to allow a level playing field for all the Guber aspirants so that Deltans can accept the outcome of the primary and general elections, Edevbie assured Deltans that he has excellent plans to move Delta State from its current position to the next level, based mainly on modernisation and industrialisation.
He identified 24 hours power supply as the live wire of his development agenda, stressing that a constant power supply is a key to industrialisation. He, therefore, disclosed his plan to collaborate with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, to build a 500 Mega Watts power plant to supply electricity to all parts of Delta State, the surplus of which will be sold to the national grid.
The renowned finance expert and development economist promised to ensure the security of lives and property, a necessary ingredient for attracting local and foreign investments into the State. He said the Okowa Government has tried its best but promised to do more in collaboration with the Federal Government if given the mandate to govern the State. He said, “I know what to do because I worked in Aso Villa, Abuja, as Principal Secretary to former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.”
Edevbie said with the help of the Security Trust Fund, he would be able to strengthen the security architecture of Delta State, including the deployment of drones and CCTV cameras, as is done in other climes. He noted that once adequate security is put in place, the industrial goal of his administration would be guaranteed.
According to Edevbie, “Our manufacturing companies are either moribund or have disappeared, leaving no jobs for the teeming unemployed youths. We will create more jobs and wealth for Deltans. I have been part of the system, so I know what to do. I want to operationalise the Industrial Estates and Parks initiated by the previous administration, including the incumbent Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa. I will focus on information technology to run our hospitals, education, offices, and other aspects of the State’s economy.”
Regarding road construction and rehabilitation in Delta State, Olorogun Edevbie congratulated Governor. Okowa and the PDP for the outstanding achievements recorded so far. He then promised to implement a master-planned inter-modal transport system that would integrate roads, rail, air, and water transportation, especially given that 50% of our State’s landmass is riverine.
Speaking on social infrastructure, Olorogun Edevbie said education would be a priority on his list, as education is the bedrock of development. “These are why I want to be the Governor of Delta State, not just for the glory of the office but for the much good that I can do for the many. I left Europe, Asia and America, where I was creating development records and came back home to accept the job of Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in 1999 so that I could help my State to solve its biting economic problems. I had turned down appointments such as that of the Secretary to the State Government, as well as refused the offer of running mate to Governor of the State in the past. If I were obsessed with political appointments, I would have accepted such big offers. I am here seeking the office of Governor because I want to serve Deltans better,” Edevbie emphasised.
He also promised public sector reforms to rejig the State’s public sector.
“We need to constitute a government that reflects the demographics of the population of the State. I have, therefore, reserved 25% and 35% of all political appointments for the youths and women, respectively,” he submitted.
Edevbie also spoke on the issue of retirement benefits for pensioners. He said, “it is so sad and disheartening for people to work and retire with no retirement benefits paid to them. How will they cope? Dr Okowa has tried, but there is still a backlog of N75 billion to pay to retirees in Delta State, though not caused by the present Government; but
I will offset it within one year of my being in office as Governor through reliable financial engineering techniques.
Edevbie commended the current State Chairman of the PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso and other leaders of the Party for being fair but firm in their dealings with aspirants and urged them to keep it up. He then presented a copy of his manifesto to the Party Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso.
Responding on behalf of the State PDP EXCO, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso
commended Olorogun Edevbie for declaring his interest to contest the office of Governor and for consulting with the State EXCO of the PDP. He said, “I enjoyed the various elements of your development theory and manifesto. You have the experience and the capacity to move the State to the next level.”
Olorogun Esiso thanked Edevbie for his courage, saying it is not easy to contest elections. “Every Deltan wants the State to progress. I truly believe that power belongs to God. PDP will ensure a level playing field for all the contestants. The business of primaries is between delegates and the aspirants. I do not believe in the rumour that one man in Delta State can control the delegates in the State as to which aspirant to vote for. The State EXCO of the Party will support whoever emerges as the Party’s candidate. We pray that the best should emerge as Governor. Market your aspiration and your development strategies to enable you to win,” Esiso advised. He urged all the aspirants to focus on their manifestos instead of criticising their fellow aspirants.
An elder in the Edevbie campaign team, Chief Henry Nzekwue, thanked Olorogun Esiso for the advice, describing David Edevbie as the best of all the aspirants, adding that Edevbie’s campaign team is very disciplined and so will never engage in the campaign of calumny against other aspirants.
Earlier, the Director-General of Olorogun David Edevbie Campaign Organization, Chief Clement Ofuani, thanked the State PDP EXCO for the warm reception accorded Edevbie and his team. He told Chief Esiso and his State EXCO that Olorogun Edevbie is thoroughly prepared for the job of Governor, having served in various capacities as a great development economist and finance expert at the State, national and global levels. He called on all Deltans to support David Edevbie to victory in the primary election on May 21, 2022, and in the 2023 general elections.