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Ahead  2015 gubernatorial contest in Delta state, Nigerian students have been urged to support candidates with track record of pragmatic and innovative developmental programmes that will in the final analysis have positive impact on the electorate.

The call was made by Rt Hon Victor Ochei when the Zone B (South-East & South-South) zones of the National Association of Nigerian Students paid him a solidarity visit in Asaba.

The immediate past Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly posited that as the future leaders of the country, it behoves them to always ensure that they support and vote in candidates who have the interest of the polity at heart.

He further requested  the students to equally ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan secures a second term slot at the presidency, as continuity will engender the much valued upliftment of the Nigerian masses, adding that as the students are staunch believers in his (Ochei’s) Yes, We Believe campaign mantra, he will strive to justify the confidence reposed in him by the solidarity visit, and pledged not to deviate from the expectation of the electorate.

Earlier in his Opening speech, the Zone B coordinator of the Association, Mr Ifeanyi Chukwu (a.k.a Wowo) stated that their visit stemmed from the need to encourage and identify with an aspirant whose impressive and prolific antecedents will assuredly add value to the lives of Deltans and humanity.

Against the background of an impressive resume of pragmatic and result oriented approach to administration, philanthropy and forthrightness, an independent group, the Victor Ochei Revolution 2015, has endorsed and declared its support for Rt Hon Victor Ochei’s gubernatorial ambition.

This much was made known by the group’s coordinator, Comrade Dakpos Damijo during a maiden visit to the erstwhile Speaker of the State Legislature in Asaba recently.

According to him, the group’s resolve to rally support for Hon Ochei stemmed from the imperativeness of backing a candidate  whose antecedent are replete with outstanding and extra-ordinary qualities, which did manifest in the string of achievements the Delta State Legislature recorded during his (Ochei’s)  leadership of the House of Assembly.

Comrade Dakpos further revealed that the body which comprises a large number of Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP) faithful, has presence in the twenty-five Local Government Areas of the state.

Speaking also at the ceremony, the member representing the Udu State constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon(Chief) Liege- Lord Keston Okoro disclosed that his association with Rt Hon Ochei as colleagues in the Legislature  informed his unflinching support for the group’s resolution to back Rt Hon Ochei, whom he described as a prolific, forthright, altruistic, innovative philanthropist and above all a dye-in-the wool Deltan and in fact Nigerian patriot whose belief in a productive and egalitarian society is matchless.

These qualities he said compliment the vision and mission of the organisation, which propagate the core principle of Reach-out, Educate and Transform the society.

In his response, the Speaker Emeritus, Rt Hon Ochei, while expressing his profound gratitude to the body for the confidence so reposed in him, assured them of his readiness to identify with its lofty and sublime objectives, and vowed to pick up the gauntlets in contributing his quota to the development of the state through the actualisation of his gubernatorial ambition.

The immediate past Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon(Engr) Victor Ochei has applauded  the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) over the current issuance of a the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) exercise.

He made the commendation while monitoring the exercise in various collection and revalidation centres within his Aniocha North Constituency.

The Speaker Emeritus observed that the exercise has portrayed the election regulatory body as being proactive in the drive to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2015.

According to him” the on-going programme is commendable as it will not only reduce to barest minimum, cases of electoral fraud but also provides ample opportunity to those who hitherto had not been registered by the electoral body to do so”.

While calling for patience from those who couldn’t find their names on the displayed list, he equally  beckoned those who were not eligible for registration in 2011 to report for registration as from Wednesday, August 20, 2014 for fresh registration, assuring that the INEC is capable of resolving all issues necessary for  the successful conduct of the 2015 general election.

Fiscal federalism and enhanced principle of derivation have been identified as the only factors that will give every federating unit in the Nigerian state a sense of belonging, which will engender the much needed economic growth.

Speaker emeritus of the Delta state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Victor Ochei propounded this formula in a paper titled, National Conference, Niger Delta and Resource Control: Issues and Perspectives which he delivered at the launching of the Voyage Magazine in Warri recently.

He hinged the import of the submission on the historical methodology of the derivation principle, prior to the discovery of oil, adding that "in the years immediately following independence, when Nigeria relied mainly on cash crops such as groundnut and cotton for the North, cocoa for the West and palm oil for the east, the allocation was one hundred percent, subject to royalty to the central (federal)government to the generating region."

The legislator therefore queried the logic behind the present formula when  at the time of discovery of oil during the first republic, fifty percent was appropriated, which subsequently dwindled to the present thirteen percent, a development he said, necessitated the stringent call for the enhancement of the derivation principle known as Resource Control.

He submitted that Nigeria’s adoption of the federal system of government, is to cater for diverse interests, and as such the idea of justice must not be selective and ought to be applied in all circumstances.



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