Former Governor of Akwa Ibom and ex-Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said that victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general elections was assured and a “done deal”. Also, former governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, enthused that considering the achievements of President Buhari in the Niger Delta and Delta State in particular, it would make his re-election in the February 16 presidential election very easy.
The two governors from the oil-rich Niger Delta spoke to reporters during the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign council by President Buhari at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Akpabio said that apart from the massive infrastructure going on in Akwa Ibom State, the APC campaign would be based on the integrity of the President. “I thank the APC family (Akwa Ibom APC) for giving us the opportunity to kick-start presidential campaigns in 2019 like what you saw, that shows indeed the future is very bright for the party, the prospects are very strong.
“We have a lot to campaign with, the social infrastructure, the SEED programme, a lot have been achieved by this President as never done before. In the past, we had so much of recurrent expenses. But today, we are now seeing infrastructure on ground like the railways, the roads and other infrastructural programmes of this administration.
“But over and above that, we have so much confidence in the integrity of Mr. President and I think most of the campaigns in 2019 will be based on integrity. There is need for Nigeria to take its rightful place in the comity of nations. So for me in Akwa Ibom, it’s a done deal.” Uduaghan, a senatorial candidate in Delta State, said that the efforts of the Buhari-led government have brought relative peace in the Niger Delta region and will secure victory for him in the February 16 elections. According to him, “We are sure of delivering because Mr. President has done a lot for Delta State. Mr. President also has done a lot in terms of infrastructure and human capital development in Delta State and across the Niger Delta. The railway to Aladja is now functional and of course, they have started carrying passengers.
“As at today, there is a lot of work going on at Escravos bar. That was the entry to the Delta State port that was not passable, but by the time they finish with it, it will be passable. “Of course, a lot of roads have been done by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); the number of roads that have been done by the NDDC in the last three years has never been done before.”