PDP crisis: We have hope in Supreme Court – Okowa

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Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed hope that the Supreme Court would upturn the judgment of the Court of Appeal proclaiming Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

 He also urged party faithful not to waver in their belief in the party.

Addressing members of the Delta Central PDP in Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Okowa stated that all the congresses from the Ward to zonal levels were not in dispute, except the national convention of the party which took place in Port Harcourt in 2016.

"Because, we are committed to the PDP, we will not get it wrong, all the elections from the Ward to the Zonal levels are accepted. The problem we have in PDP is the convention we had in Port Harcourt which some people are challenging, but, it is our hope that we will get fair hearing at the Supreme Court because they will be setting precedence," Okowa said.

He also said, "It is good that we are strong in Delta Central, we are strong in the state and the PDP is still very strong nationally which was attested to by the large turnout of party leaders at the recent meeting of the party in Abuja despite the short notice.

"We will continue to grow strong, it is going to be a clean sweep in 2019, but, we must not rest on our oars, we must ensure total reconciliation in the party," the governor said.

He used the occasion to reel out some of the projects his administration has executed, assuring that with the ongoing repairs in the Forcados Trunkline and cessation of pipeline bombing in the creeks, the fortunes of the state would increase  which will give room for the execution of more projects.

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, moved a motion for a vote of confidence to be passed on Governor Okowa's administration based on its prudent management of resources that has shored up the fortunes of the PDP despite the economic down turn in the country.  The motion was seconded by Hon. Lovette Idisi of the Federal House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly accepted by all.

Former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, Chief Ighoyota Amori, Dr Patrick Fovie and those who spoke at the occasion, commended Governor Okowa for the effective management of resources in the state while the chairman of the party in the state, Kingsley Esiso, expressed joy at the large turnout of party faithful for the meeting and urged them to continue to strengthen the party in the area.

 Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to increase its funding of primary health care centres.

Speaking when the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, Governor Okowa said that with the inability of the local government councils to meet with their payment of salaries of their workers, it was important for the federal government to increase its funding of the primary health centres in line with the primary health care law of the country.

While disclosing that his administration had done a lot to cushion the effects of recession on staff of local government councils in Delta State, the governor disclosed that his administration was committed to having a healthy population which he described as assets.

He stated, “Delta State has gone beyond the indices of having one functional health centre per ward to having 402 healthcare centres across the 270 wards in the state and also, we have 62 functional hospitals in the 25 local government areas in the state against the recommended one functional health centre per local government area.

“With all these, the wage bill of the state is bound to be high and we want the federal government to increase its funding and supervision of the primary healthcare centres.”

 He appealed to the federal government to use Delta State as pilot state for the roll out of the national health insurance scheme by the national health insurance commission because, the state had put in everything in place for the successful take off of the scheme.

Okowa also, assured the visiting minister that his administration would not relent in assisting federal government agencies, noting that since assumption of office his administration had done some projects at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

“The FMC, Asaba is a very important centre to us and people from the neighbouring states medically, we are aware of some of their challenges and as resources improves, we will continue to assist them in line with our policy of assisting federal government agencies operating in our state,” the governor assured.