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Frontline industrialist and leading candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the race for the governorship ticket in Delta state, Deacon Chris Iyovwaye has declared his intentions to bring massive industrialisation to Delta state, while also creating employment for the youths
Deacon Iyovwaye made the declaration at a colourful ceremony where he was presented an expression of interest and nomination form to run under the platform of the PDP by three groups, the Isoko/Urhobo Unity Forum, Youths Arise and a Committee of Friends.
Presenting the form amidst jubilation, Monday, in Warri, a leader of the groups, Chief Hope Erute, described the aspirant as one who could win across Delta State, given his track records.
“It is the implicit confidence that the groups have laid on Chris Iyovwaye that has moved them to purchase the form for governorship. The support is not ordinary. The support is fundamental.
“We start from presenting him the forms for gubernatorial race today, on behalf of Isoko, Urhobo Unity Forum and the Committee of Friends all over Delta state. We have young men, Youths Arise, who are with us very solidly. They are prepared to transverse the lengths and breaths of Delta state.
“We are picking a candidate that is sellable, a candidate that will win the lengths and breaths of Delta state. We do not mince words when we say so. He is a grassroots man, a man who fears God,” Chief Erute stated.
Responding, Iyovwaye who is the Chief Executive Officer of Wellmann Group and native of Aghalokpe, Okpe council area of the state, expressed gratitude to the groups for deeming him worthy of the gesture.
The renowned technocrat disclosed that if elected, tackling insecurity, energy and youths unemployment will be some of his top focus, adding that his administration will introduce the Smart PLUS agenda to build on the legacies of the incumbent Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
“I am grateful. I want to assure you that by the time we get there and with the things we set up, things will happen for Delta. Delta needs a governor that understands the environment and the people.
“The first problem we have as a state is insecurity. Once security which is the major problem is sorted out Delta will grow rapidly. Of course cause, you can’t have infrastructural development where there is insecurity.
“We will also make sure to set up energy because it’s energy that drives the environment. Our amiable governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has done a lot in that area, but there’s still a lot more to do.
“Industrialization is possible in Delta. I have 500 unseen opportunities in Delta. There are minerals that are waiting to be tapped. The programme that we have will take millions of youths out of joblessness.
“If things are not okay with the youths, things can never be okay with any nation. They are the drivers of our economy. But it’s so sad that most of them are not contributing anything.
“No Deltan will go to bed hungry, what it takes for Delta to be the best is available in the land and it takes only a man who understands the environment to unlock it. A true leader is one who takes the people from where they are to where they ought to be, ”Iyovwaye said.
Several supporters including the oldest Okpe Chief and a member of the PDP, Chief Daniel Okoro, were present at the ceremony.
Some supporters who spoke on the sidelines, said that his candidacy and leadership will turn around the fortunes of Delta state, for good.
In his remarks, a member of the Committee of Friends, Dr. Hossanna Jaloghor-Williams said “we need a technocrat. He is a large mind when it comes to the business world and development”.
A member of the Forum, Chief (Mrs.) Felicia Suleiman, assured that women are in total support of his candidacy, stating thus: “We have seen a man that has the qualities which no other aspirant does”.