By Onitsha Shedrack, ————— January 1st, 2017 ———————
The leader of All Progressive Congress APC, Delta State and the 2015 Governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor said that though the 2016 was a difficult period in our nation’s life, nevertheless 2017 is a year of renewal and growth.
In his New Year message to Nigerians and particularly Deltans, he stated that the APC led federal government has spent the last 20 months to lay a strong foundation for the future economic and social political emancipation of the country.
While urging Nigerians to continue to support the APC and President Buhari, Emerhor added that in spite of the subsisting hardship pervading the land, 2017 will see the efforts of the federal government bear visible fruits, which in turn will bring succor to Nigerians.
In his word: “APC government remains the true hope of renewing our country for growth and development, and I encourage Nigerians to sustain their support for APC and President Buhari. In Delta State, the future direction couldn’t be clearer.
“The 17 years of PDP misrule of corruption, degradation and exploitation without any visible signs of development continues unabated. This is why Deltans are clearly rooting for the rescue of the state by the APC in 2019. The progressives’ political wave swept the state in 2016 by the coming together of all the opposition political heavyweights and those in the PDP and other parties, into the APC.
“The APC has struggled in 2016 to harness all the strength it has gathered; but 2017 is the year of ‘to be or not to be.’ 2017 is the year we must put our house in order and grow our strength.
“In late December 2016, we unfortunately, lost a key voice, leader, Elder and stakeholder in this effort; Senator Francis Spanner Okpozo. While we mourn him, we must honor him by securing the unity that will enable us to achieve the dream of a liberated Delta state that he longed to see.
I, therefore, would like to use this opportunity of a New Year message to call on all contending interests in our party to put the general interest above any other. I personally will do so, and will put every effort to see that all our forces are united and all interest and tendencies are accommodated in our APC house. This is why I termed 2017, a year of Renewal and Growth.
The APC leader added, that there is the need for the progressives join hands together both the leaders and followers, in order to bring Delta State back into the mainstream of the Nigerian politics as we all support President Buhari to elevate the economic and social political conditions of all Nigerians.