By Edeki Igafe
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in Delta has promised to address the perennial flooding and incessant attacks on local farmers by suspected herders in the state.
Omo-Agege made the promise on Tuesday during the party’s ward to ward campaign visit to Uwheru,
Ewu-Urhobo and Evwreni in Ughelli North and Ughelli South Local Government areas of the state.
The governorship candidate, who is also the Deputy President of the Senate, said that if elected as governor, he would put permanent solution to the perennial flooding that had been ravaging some parts of the state.
Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central Senatorial District, said that he would complete the abandoned Arhawharien/Okparabe Bridge projects as a governor.
The APC governorship candidate said that his administration would appoint ombudsman that would directly report to him on issues of the the incessant killings resulting from the herders/farmers clashes.
“As one of the first steps to end the frequent killings resulting from herders/farmers crisis in the state, my administration will appoint ombudsman who will report to me directly on the issue.
“I will appoint a Special Adviser, who will be liaising with both the farmers and the herdsmen. The era where they will be depriving our people and driving them from their farms will be over,” he said.
Omo-Agege eulogised the late Sen. Pius Ewherido, who passed on in 2013 as a serving Senator, describing the deceased as a stateman who brought quality representation to Delta.
The APC candidate, who visited the graveside of the late Delta Central lawmaker, assured the people that the late Ewherido’s political ideas and aspirations for a better Delta, Urhobo Nation and Nigeria, would be sustained and achieved through him as a governor.
“I will do for the people of Ewu, what the late senator would have done for you as a lawmaker and governor.
“Just like my brother said earlier that there is no time we will do campaign in Ewu without visiting the home of our late leader, Ewherido, here is the foundation of APC in Delta.
“The vision of our brother who has gone to rest with the Lord. The ‘Gogorogo’ himself. The vision of Urhobo and Delta to move forward is the same vision that we all share.
“And, it is very important that everyone knows that we were ‘comrade-in-arms’ while he was here with us.
“Ever since his departure, the Ewherido Family has been very good to me,” he said.
Responding, Mr Emma Ewherido, the younger brother to the late senator and a chieftain of the APC in Delta, commended Omo-Agege for keeping in touch with the family.
Ewherido urged the APC governorship candidate to sustain the legacies and aspiration of the former Delta Central lawmaker.
The campaign was rally attended by leaders of the party in the state including founding leader of APC, O’tega Emerhor; Mrs Stella Okotete; Mr Paulinus Akpeki and Mr Donatus Uba.
Others were: Mr Friday Osanebi, APC deputy Governorship candidate; Campaign Director-General, Elder Godsday Orubebe and Mr Tuoyo Omatsuli and among others.