My dear Compatriots, I have had phenomenal trajectory in my governorship aspirations quest to rescue Delta State from the threshold of bad governance of the past 19 years plus of the clueless PDP since annunciation of the present democratic dispensation.
I consider it politically expedient to address you my associates, friends and members of our great party; All Progressives Congress (APC) on my involvement in the 2019 gubernatorial race on the platform of our great party APC.
This is my first official public statement since I stepped aside my governorship aspiration due to unfolding political events in our party in Delta State. I have been a formidable face of the opposition in Delta State and worked assiduously with astute members of the party to nurture the party to enviable status that have attracted strong personalities from other political divides.
As one of such leaders who played that historic role, I thought of giving a further bite to my burning desire to extricate the state from abysmal leadership failure. Therefore, my aspiration to be governor after series of consultations was to rekindle our collective hope and lift the state beyond its current state of decay under the PDP. I see myself as eminently qualified and imbued with the needed capacity to drive the ship of delta state.
However, having considered all factors surrounding the quest for the ticket of our great party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, I have humbled myself to withdraw from the contest against the growing agitation of my involvement at certain quarter’s and remain committed to a course I considered worthy for the collective good of our party APC and dear state Delta.
I am conscious of the intricate dynamics needed for a virile, united, cohesive and collaborative APC that will bring about our desires to fruition. APC deserves every sacrifice, including personal interests, to arrive at the envisaged destination come February, 2019. This is pertinent both as individual leaders and as a party, there is need to avoid rancorous crisis that the PDP could expeditiously exploit sumptuously.
As a result, having carefully examined the circumstances that have trailed the Governorship context of our great party in Delta state, I have come to the conclusion that pushing my Governorship ambition beyond this point is no longer strategic nor feasible under current party structure.
I am overwhelmingly thankful with profound gratitude to all those who believed and gave impetus to my governorship aspirations. It was amazing and I am proud of the campaign we ran not encumbered by bitterness against all odds. You were all ambitious and dedicated team.
There are many that I owe depth of gratitude. My family, as always has played an extraordinarily supportive and valuable role encouraging me both in spirit and being involved in day to day needs of my campaign. So, here’s lots of love and gratitude to my wife, her friends and my children. I am blessed with wonderful siblings who played immeasurable financial and spiritual roles.
God blessings and protection is my wish always. My extended family members from Onicha – Olona and Akwukwu Igbo both in delta state I say a big thanks for your support.
My campaign team has become family with such unwavering dedication to our movement. I am very fortunate and eternally grateful to have you all on this trajectory: Mr Clement Nwaeme, my Co-strategist of DIO TEAM 2019 RESCUE DELTA.
Kudos to my media team for invaluable contributions, worthy of mention is energetic Humble, Amara and Goodness not forgotten is Chukwudi and Destiny in our early days. To the unseen and formidable hands in the media team is also Mr Felix Ekanem and Philip Ejimofor. Also my school mates and friends all over Nigeria I say thanks. Delta APC ward 4 Onicha – Olona, Aniocha North LGA and fellow APC foundation members across Delta state the future is bright I appreciate you all.
Speaking of amazing… I would like to acknowledge and thank the legion of volunteers and coordinators, hundreds of them. I will spare to mention names but suffice to say that we know you all by names. You all made the campaign possible. You took the message to Deltans.
You were both novice and experienced Campaigners, who genuinely care for Delta citizens and found ways to support the cause. I feel so grateful for your energy and support. I am truly inspired by your commitment as I accept responsibility.
Responsibility is a trust, the first step towards noble vision and my goal is to serve and facilitate the vision of a strong candidate, true opposition icon, compassionate compatriot in the person of Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru to rescue Delta in the forthcoming APC gubernatorial primary and 2019 Delta governorship election. He has shown great passion and resilience in our engagement to redeem Delta lost glory.
Our democracy is something that we must all cherish and work together above personal interests to nurture for the over ridding ubiquitous public interest and good. In view of circumstances of the moment, I will put my support behind the best that can win the race as we need to win the state from PDP first and above any other consideration.
For now, my desire is to synergize with Team Ogboru to rescue Delta State as we are the true icons of opposition in the fight to present formidable APC that reflects fundamental change in Delta beyond the status quo which is uppermost.
This decision is taken in the interest of our party especially as we face the task of the common challenge of unseating the PDP in Delta State.
With sincere, so sincere and extra ordinary sincere thanks. I thank you all and God’s blessings as we join forces to chart a new beginning for our dear Delta State.
Signed: Dr Iyke Odikpo (DIO).