Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Chief Patrick Ukah, on Tuesday said the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was not on vindictive mission against anyone.
The commissioner stated this at a news conference in Asaba while reacting to the statement credited to the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, in which he said Okowa was on a vindictive mission.
“Since the recent defection of former Gov. Uduaghan to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he was bred and fed, we have been inundated with clandestine and visible plots”, Ukah said.
He said that Uduaghan’s actions and utterances since he defected from the PDP were intended to drag the Okowa administration into his (Uduaghan) dwindling political career.
Ukah said that people of the state and Nigerians, who visited the state could testify that Uduaghan had no legacies in his eight years in government.
“We challenge Uduaghan to tell the world about the said legacy projects he claimed to have left behind which this Okowa government has destroyed.
The Uduaghan government’s free healthcare programme had budgeted N700 million yearly to provide free healthcare in urban cities and secondary health facilities only.
“He did not consider primary healthcare facilities in rural communities where the real people that need free healthcare most reside,” he said.
Ukah disclosed that Okowa had since expanded the healthcare programme to cover all the people in urban and the rural communities, “the real poor people’’.
He added that the governor also ensured that all children under five years and pregnant women in the state remained in the programme.
He said that the former governor’s mission to unseat a hardworking Okowa was already a failed one.
“It is indeed amazing that the same Uduaghan, who a few months ago endorsed Okowa for second term on account of his (Okowa) outstanding performance in spite of the downturn in the economy is trying to distract him.
“We hereby assure that Deltans are quite impressed with the development efforts of the PDP in Delta as led by Okowa and are prepared again to return Okowa for a second term in 2019,” Ukah said.
Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991–1993). He was Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in Governor James Ibori’s campaign . He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State government for Agriculture and Natural Resources