Admirers of the Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, on Friday trooped out in Asaba, Delta State urging her to vie for next year gubernatorial election in the state. She is a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the incumbent, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who is due to leave office after serving his maximum two terms in 2015.
Mostly women, Olejeme’s supporters pledged support towards the realization of her gubernatorial aspiration, eulogising her virtues as a quality politician and professional that Delta State will be proud to have as chief executive. Spokesperson of the supporters, Chief Grace Okonta, who led the rally under the aegis of Vibrant Women in Delta Politics (VWDP) said Olejeme “combines integrity with intellect and character with competence. Gender is not a central issue in the 2015 governorship contest. It is about the future of the state, the ability of an individual to consider issues in a rounded, holistic way and offer solutions to the problems affecting the state
“We want someone with experience, contacts and intimidating credentials. We want someone who will put the needs of people first. We want someone who will focus on improving the state’s economy and education system. It is important for Deltans to see a new and different kind of leadership that will take the state to the next level. It may well take a woman to do that.”
Of the three senatorial districts in Delta State, only Delta North Senatorial District has not produced an elected governor. During the aborted Third Republic, Olorogun Felix Ibru, from Delta Central was the governor. Chief James Ibori from the same senatorial district also became governor in 1999 handing over to the incumbent, who is from Delta South. Olejeme is from Oshimili Local Government of Delta North.