elta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu has said the State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa did not betray anybody in emerging as the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Aniagwu, in the company of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, made this known at a news conference on Monday in Asaba, where he said the emergence of Governor Okowa as running mate to Atiku Abubakar was divine.
He said that he was sure that all PDP stakeholders would work assiduously to ensure that the party is victorious in the 2023 general election.
The Commissioner charged those criticising Okowa’s elevation to have a rethink, adding that he never betrayed anybody but was chosen because of his performance and determination to bring development to the county.
He said though, it was natural in politics for certain persons to be annoyed when they could not get certain positions, efforts were on to reconcile the aggrieved persons in the party.
According to him, Atiku Abubarkar and Okowa’s ticket, as PDP Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates is for recovery to restore our country.
“They will address issues on insecurity, fix the economy and create enabling environment for growth and development and industrialisation.
“As PDP, what are we asking for? Is it where the president or the vice president come from or that security, economy and the country be fixed?
“We want to bring back the old good days where you are comfortable anywhere in the country as brothers and sisters without fear,” he said.
On the recent loans being sought by the State Government, Aniagwu said the State Government has guaranteed the N25 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agric loan in the interest of the farmers.
He also reiterated that the state government was yet to access the N150 billion bridging finance it sought approval from the state House of Assembly.
“The N25 billion is a CBN loan to assist farmers in the state to increase their yields, particularly in the area of oil palm production in the state.
“It is normal that the state government guarantees the loan as it is done in other climes to ensure that those profiled for the loan get it and also that they have the capacity to pay back.
“We keyed into the loan facility to enable our farmers to access the single digit (less than 10) interest rate for the profiled farmers.
“The agric loan is domiciled in the state Ministry of Agriculture which profiled the farmers and individuals to benefit have been profiled before now and with this, we are empowering our people,” Aniagwu said.
He added that the Gov. Okowa-led administration would continue to work till the last day in office to deliver development to the people of the state.