BY PATRICK MGBODO
Attempts by the opposition, especially All Progressives Congress (APC), to paint stories at variance with the reality will not distract us from realizing our mandate, Delta State Government has said.
Addressing newsmen in Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said that the misplaced desires to win elections at all cost inspired the smear campaigns by the opposition.
Accompanied by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr. Olise Ifejika, the state’s spokesman cited the Anambra experience as a warning that smear campaigns cannot win elections.
‘’For those persons who believe that because they want to contest elections, the only way is to attack those on the saddle at the moment, we need to remind them and refer them to what happened in Anambra State; that such attacks no longer yield votes.
‘’Bring your capacity to the table; tell the people what you want to do and then sell yourself to the public. Deltans are very discerning; they are able to understand those who mean well for them.
‘’As we speak, most of the challenges that Nigerians are currently facing is on account of the inability of the ruling APC government to deliver on the promises that they have made to the people.
‘’So, if anybody is in a position to critique us, members of the APC will be the least to be considered because they do not understand what good governance is all about let alone appreciating it.
‘’But if others in the civil society and all well-meaning Nigerians criticize us, we will understand where they are coming from because critique is one of the ingredients of a democratic society.
‘’While we will continue to welcome constructive criticisms, we implore the APC to come for tutorials on what good governance is all about.
‘’We are not in government to fight those that we are governing but those we are governing decides, because of their selfish interest, to progress in error, our business is to correct them and set the records straight’’ the Information Commissioner said.
Mr. Aniagwu emphasized the determination of the state government to fast-track the construction of more roads, structures in all the state-owned universities and institutions, adding that projects will be commissioned until the expiration date of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.
He commended wife of the Governor, Dame Edit Okowa, for her intervention outreach to the less-privileged ‘’O5 Initiative’’, stressing that the state government did not fund the project, but private donors.
Corroborating the Information Commissioner, the CPS lampooned the opposition for ignoring the ongoing projects across the state and preferring to tow the path of mischief, even as he implored the media to be circumspect when the need arose.