This Day (Lagos)

16 July 2002

Nigeria: Guber Aspirant Assures On PDP Victory

Lokoja — A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Barrister Emmanuel Dangana Ocheja, has said that PDP's victory in next year's governorship contest is a forgone conclusion in the State.

The Kano based legal practitioner who said this while addressing PDP lawmakers in the state House of Assembly noted that his candidature for the 2003 guber polls would earned the party the much desired victory.

I stand here today to formally intimate you honourable members that after due consultation with the people, having read the signals and interpreted the wishes of the generality of our people I am deeply honoured to aspire to the highest office in the state as your Head Servant."

He disclosed that leadership to him is about selfless service, saying when you have a membership rather than leadership you reap nothing short of self enrichment, sycophancy blackmail, survival of the fittest and the by all means syndrome.

Ocheja pointed out that if elected , the principle of his administration shall be governance with collective understanding but without compromise.

While commending the lawmakers, Ocheda stated that their ability to balance their loyalty to the PDP and still face the challenges of developing the state, without jeopearding their commitment to the party, was the beginning of political maturity in the state.

The aspirant who said there would be room for realignment of intents and readjustment of seats as regards the high number of guber aspirants in the party, noted that as soon as the vehicle of PDP was spurn after the PDP governorship primaries, the other candidates would be given a sense of belonging to participate in the PDP government.

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