Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been urged to come clean by setting up a probe panel to investigate the N637billion debt profile allegedly incurred by his predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The charge came yesterday from the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and other stakeholders.
The party accused Okowa of playing to the gallery and being disingenuous in his recent outburst over the state of the financial mess he allegedly inherited from Uduaghan.
In a press statement issued by its media adviser; Martins Mukoro, the APC described as embarrassing and an insult to the sensibility of Deltans, Gov Okowa’s attempt to shed crocodile tears over the huge debt profile of the state totaling over 637 billion naira which his predecessor left behind.
“Gov Okowa is merely setting the stage by crying wolf to divert attention and in order to lay the foundation for him to go borrowing more money thereby plunging the state into a deeper financial disaster”.
He added that, “the APC recalled had earlier forewarned Deltans, during the campaigns that Okowa represents no change, but more of the same of PDP’s 16 years of misrule. From Gov Okowa’s days as Commissioner, multiple times under Gov Ibori to his days as the Secretary to the Government under Gov Uduaghan, that accumulated these debts , he has no moral excuse to attempt to distance himself as if he was an on-looker or bystander while the state was being wrecked”.
“Gov Okowa was not an on- looker but a key participant and a major co-conspirator in wrecking the finances and Economy of Delta State and he is in no position to rescue Delta from the mess created by him and the past PDP administrations.
If indeed, Gov Okowa insist he has been an on-looker and truly expect Deltans to believe he was not party to the financial rot, let him immediately and urgently institute a panel to probe the huge debt overhang in order to unearth how it was accumulated and who were the beneficiaries of the massive plundering of our commonwealth! Until then, Gov Okowa can’t pull wool over our eyes”
The party therefore urged all Deltans to brace for the change that has been delayed and be ready to cease the opportunity of the expected re-run that may soon be ordered by the ongoing elections tribunal to support the APC at all levels to effect the desired change that will bring relief, a breath of fresh air and freedom from a political dynasty of corruption in Delta State”.
Another APC chieftain, Dr. Cyril Ogodo, said that “it’s very unfortunate that in the past 16 years, the PDP administrations in Delta State has mismanaged and ruined the economy of the state”
He added that though, before Ibori left office, the opposition in the state, started shouting that Ibori and his team were stealing Delta blind, but many never took them seriously, stressing that the “outcome is what we are seen today.”
According to Ogodo, “It’s unfortunate that the same rat that ate the fish; is coming out in the public to complain that the fish has been eaten by rat. Who is Uduaghan, who is Okowa, are they not apostles of Ibori political dynasty?
“Okowa was a Secretary to the State Government under the Uduaghan administration, so what is he trying to tell Deltans? Is he saying that he was not part of those who borrow this money without utilizing it for the development of Delta State? Or is he trying to tell us that we don’t know that the state was in shamble?
“Does Okowa want to tell us that the N100 billion loan that Uduaghan took and the 20 billion Mr. Sam Obi borrowed that we don’t know that he was part of those who initiated it and it went into the drain? Or is he telling us that billions meant for DESOPADEC that never get to the agency, that we don’t know that it went into the drain?
“Governor Okowa has nothing new to tell Deltans, he is only trying to make fool of Deltans, by playing the ostrich, by hiding its head while its body is open to the outside world, because Deltans are aware of the level of rot that the PDP led government which he is a part brought to the state.
A Warri-based human right activist, Comrade Austine Ozobo, commended the APC for championing the call to probe former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Ozobo, President of Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, warned that the people of Delta would embark on mass protest against Okowa should he refused to initiate the probing of Uduaghan.
According to Ozobo, “the APC also accused Okowa of part of the mismanagement and that the only way to exonerate himself of such allegations is for him to come out bold and probe Uduaghan.”
However, Victor Efeizomor, Press Secretary Print Media) to Governor, ruled out the possibility by his boss probing Uduaghan.
Another lawyer, Mr. Omemiroro Ogedegbe, said: “Delta State witnessed the highest degree of financial massacre as Uduaghan ran the state as a conquered territory and most annoying loans were obtained without plenary.”

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