Tinubu/Omo-Agege And Their Dual Domineering Debut In Delta, By By Bala Ibrahim

SINCE the flag off of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Presidential campaign in Jos last week, the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been moving with special skills and unique political maneuverers. This is so because everywhere he goes, he receives an outlandish reception from the public, who seem convinced, that indeed he is destined to be the next President of Nigeria. But the reception in Warri today, came with an extraordinary intimidation, courtesy of the popularity and support for the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo Agege, in whom destiny is making a gesture with the hand, to take over the leadership of the state, come 2023.

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu arrived Warri, the Delta State capital for a mega rally at the Warri township stadium, accompanied by the top brass of the APC, including the governorship candidate of the state, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and his deputy, Hon. Friday Osanebi. As expected,because of the popularity of Omo Agege,the venue of the rally was filled to full capacity by supporters, who came to give the duo of Tinubu and Omo Agege the assurance of victory.

To the loud applause of the Deltan enthusiasts, the Deputy Senate President and the Gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Senator Omo Agege, after going through the protocol, where he acknowledged the presence of many people, including the National chairman of the party, Sen.Abdullahi Adamu, Turakin Keffi, whom he described as “my co conspirator” and who was ably represented by the Deputy National Chairman, South, Chief Emma Eneukwe, said and I quote,

“My incoming President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I want to say on behalf of all Deltans, you are welcome. Delta is suppose to be the richest state in Nigeria, with all the money coming to the state from the Federation account, but there is nothing to show that is commensurate to what the state is receiving. Warri has become the Keke capital of Nigeria. Our people are tired of suffering. They want the narrative changed. All Delatans are tired of Okowa’s recklessness of borrowing. That is why I, Ovie Omo Agege, is today, formally putting myself forward as the candidate for the Governor in 2023. I have served as Executive Assistant to the Governor. I was a member of the executive council. I was Secretary to the Government. A senator, representing Delta Central, and the Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I would put all these experiences to the service of the people. There is no part of the state where my impact is not felt, including the home town of the bad governor. I achieved all these because I am a senator who belongs to the ruling party. For us to continue enjoying these, we need to elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom I know very well”- DSP Omo Agege.

Many speakers, including the former national chairman of the APC, Chief Adams Oshiomole, eulogized Omo Agege, and called on the people to ensure his victory, because it would be victory for the state in particular, and victory for the region in general.

When he mounted the podium, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed did not mince words, in calling on the people to do the right thing.

“For me, I want to say thank you very, very much. You have been here since morning. You’ve shown us love. You’ve shown us determination. You’ve shown us civilization. You’ve shown that you want change. You’ve heard from the Senate President, that Senator Ovie Omo Agege is the next governor that would develop your state. That would work with me as the president, to bring back hope and development. What does Ovie means: progress. What does Omo Agege means: development. He means Hope, renewed Hope. Your ports, your steel industry, the Onne and many other areas of development, your fish industry, your aluminium smelter, they are not for sale, they are for development. When last they stole it, where is the money? How long have they been there? They don’t have the vision. They don’t have the brain. They don’t have the knowledge. They don’t know the road to prosperity. We know the way. Go to Lagos and see development. Go to Lagos and see prosperity. Go to Lagos and see records of beautiful people. Progress is here, Omo Agege is here. Prosperity is here”-Asiwaju.

In announcing the position of the National chairman of the APC, the Deputy national chairman, south, chief Emma Eneukwe said:

“The national chairman had asked me to tell Deltans that we have brought good commodities, and when you bring good commodities to the market, you don’t hide yourself. The candidate the party is presenting for the presidency has shown Nigerians that he has the capacity to deliver Nigeria. He delivered Lagos state at a time when it was very critical. And now that it’s also critical to the country, God had sent him to deliver Nigeria. The person who is going to be the governor of Delta state, has also proven himself beyond reasonable doubt. These are people of experience, people of sagacity, people who have proven themselves in the politics of Nigeria. So we are presenting to Nigeria, great products that would take us to the promised land”- Chief Emma Eneukwe.

So in the light of the intimidating crowd gathered, and the purity of the personalities present, one can undoubtedly say that, the rally today in Delta, was not only a show of political force, but a domineering debut, for the duo of Tinubu and Ovie Omo Agege.