Ahead of the 2019 General Elections and governorship election in Delta state, Delta Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged his opponents to a debate.
Okowa who gave this challenge at a Mega Rally at the Delta North Senatorial District, to welcome new defectors, said that most of the opponents only visit the state when it was time for elections.
At the event which held at Kwale Township Stadium, some of the notable persons welcomed to the PDP were: former member of House of Representatives, Hon. Mercy Almona-Isei, a running mate to a former governorship candidate Chief V.O.T. Abanum, Chief Gabriel Mordi, Chief Emma Ogude, Hon. Henry Onianwa and others.
These notable politicians in the state led thousands of other members of their party to be received into the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okowas who received the decampees stressed that all the other contenders in the 2019 governorship election could not challenge his in a debate neither can they defeat the PDP in the elections.
“We are praying for debate, they will have nothing to talk about, I am in Delta State, I only left when I went to Ibadan to study Medicine, my opponents will have nothing to say, so they will run away from debate.”
“We cannot deceive ourselves, when you contest election today and after three years and half, a month to election you are back to Delta State to ask for votes, who do you want to deceive?
“Even their congresses, they are deceiving themselves; the PDP had a free and fair primary elections.
“In Port Harcourt, 12 persons contested in the presidential primary election, one person emerged and no one left after the primaries because, we live in love and we believe in God.
“When you have God, you are not afraid, we are on a solid rock but, those who could not conduct elections are on sinking sand; no matter what they do, we are not afraid,” Governor Okowa stated.
He assured that the PDP will win elections in all the elections stressing that the oppositions were already in disarray with myraids of litigations even before the commencement of campaigns.
“I must thank all of you for coming to this rally, I must thank all our brothers and sisters who are returning to our party, you are welcome back home.”
Okowa’s Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Chairman of the PDP in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, Hon. Solomon Funkekeme, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, among others in their separate goodwill message stated that the PDP will get 100 per cent votes in the state.
A high point of the event was when Hon. Gabriel Mordi publicly tore his APC membership card. He said that the achievements of Governor Okowa had attracted him and others to the PDP.
Coordinator of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Greg Onah and PDP chieftain, Dr. Tabs Ogaranya-Tabowe described the success of the rally as good signal that Governor Okowa has endeared himself to Deltans through his people-oriented projects.