All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain in Delta state, Otega Imero, has promised President Muhammadu Buhari that the state will provide him with two million votes in next year’s presidential election.
Buhari has already declared his intention to seek a second term in office.
Ortega made the declaration in Abuja in a chat with State House Correspondents after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
He said the promise of votes was based on what the president has done for the people of the state.
The party stalwart said: “We know that delivering the President in 2019 has become very easy in Delta State for multiple reasons. The President has performed very well, he has been very good to the South-South, he has reactivated the Amnesty Programme, the Maritime University in the Ijaw-Itsekiri side of Delta is now functioning, and he has done a lot for us in Delta. He has empowered a lot of our people in Delta.
“We have the Minister of State Petroleum and the Minister of Transportation from South-South, the N-Power programme is working. So all these have created the enabling environment for us to deliver the President in 2019.”
Ortega was also confident that the APC will wrest power from the PDP in the state as he noted the the ruling party in the state has failed.
He stated: “Let me tell you, we are so fortunate that the Governor of Delta Sate, who is a PDP man, is not doing anything. Delta has a lot of resources and the expectation is that the State should be doing better than Edo State for example, which is our neighbour but the APC Governor in Edo is doing so well; even Willie Obiano in Anambra that doesn’t have anything is doing so well.
“So, it’s so obvious that the finances of Delta State are not being applied and everyone in Delta is now convinced that APC must takeover because they produced performing Governors,”Imero stated.
On the internal crisis in Delta APC, he said the issue was not peculiar to Delta State.
According to him, “the issue of congresses and division did not happen only in Delta. It happened across the country but this is the period of reconciliation.
“There is a group that did not work with the majority of the people in Delta; we formed a unity group in Delta that had so many Governorship aspirants and leaders working together.
“But as you know, the Ogboru and Omo-Agege group put their own governorship aspiration ahead and decided to work separately but the move we are making is to bring everybody together, provide a level playing field so that all the Governorship aspirants will work together.
“But the great objective we have is how to deliver the President in Delta State 2019. That is our priority and the ground is ripe for us to take over that State and deliver 2 million votes for President Buhari in 2019.”