Let us start by commiserating with His Exellency the Deputy Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the State Chairman of APC, Chief Omeni Sobotie, and all members of the APC on the ugly incident of the boat mishap that claimed the lives of some members of the party who were on a campaign rally.
This incident is a wake up call on the ruling government to urgently review the activities of private boat operators in the riverine communities and within the axis of Delta state.
The safety policies should be looked into with a view to injecting new order that will regulate the activities of the operators.
This is very necessary as that will help to control recklessness and violation of existing regulations which no doubt have led to the loss of lives and property, just like the case in point that has led to the death of promising men and women.
We commiserate with the APC family, as well as the immediate family members of those that lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
For those of us still living, we thank God for securing our lives and for making it possible for us to see the year 2023.
No doubt, 2022 has been adjudged by many as a year that came with a lot of challenges, especially in the areas of the economy, security and politics.
However, 2023, in our view, is going to be much more critical than 2022, because of the forthcoming general elections in February and March.
We need to be reminded that our decisions as we go to the poll to elect our leaders at all levels will determine the direction we are heading to, whether we will move forward or backward.
Accord, as a political party, has consciously continued to maintain a role, especially in navigating the activities of opposition political parties in the state.
We have continued to insist that instruments or structures of governance must not be pulled down to register our positions or views on issues of governance.
We believe that all criticisms must be constructive. While condemning the activities of some political commentators with offensive and derogatory languages, we employ the ruling party in the state to be open and accept criticisms as the hallmark of democracy.
As a political party, we will continue to be constructive in all our engagements with the ruling party on issues of policies, especially as it affects the people of Delta state.
This is why, as we prepare to chose our leaders between February and March 2023, we should be conscious of the fact that our decision is key to determining whether we are truly ready to move this nation and Delta state forward.
Accord, as presently constituted in Delta state, has worked so hard to reposition the party.
The new leadership of Accord in Delta state was inaugurated in July 2021, and we have since then been able to reposition the party to nominate credible candidates for the Federal House of Representatives and State Assembly elections.
The candidates of our party are persons with proven track records both in their public and private lives.
From Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency, Aniocha, Burutu and Ughelli State Assembly elections, as a political party, we have taken time to present to you credible people with good content of character as candidates of our party.
The choice is now yours.
While wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year, we urge you not to compromise the opportunity of changing the narrative, make the good choice of voting for all Accord party candidates.
Chief Fred Obi