by Chris Ikechukwu
A governorship aspirant in Delta State, Peter Okocha, has dismissed claims that the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, is his political godfather.
Okocha, who was a gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, stated in Ibusa at the weekend, that he was never a political godson to Atiku; insisting that his friendship with Atiku had nothing to do with his governorship ambition in 2015.
He revealed that he first met Atiku in 1982 when the former vice resident was still working at the Customs service, and that both of them have mutual respect for each other as a friends, despite they being in opposition parties.
The PDP chieftain said that if anybody at all is to be called his godfather it should be Chiefs Edwin Clark and Samuel Ogbemudia, who gave him scholarships as an orphan as well as purpose in life and educated him.
The aspirant maintained that his belief that he would succeed Governor Uduaghan was not based on arrangement that he is an Anioma nor power shift but based on understanding and capacity to govern the state.
“When l take over from the incumbent Governor l shall build toll gates to maintain the roads dualised by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
“I believe capital expenditure should be more than recurrent expenditure to provide enabling environment, generate employment and build healthy industrial parks,’’ he stated.
“I don’t believe in powers shift; it is not a written law. What if it shifts to weak zone or weak person, then should Deltans allow that? Whatever are the PDP manifestoes or what made the providence, the right, best and brightest person must govern the state.
“The end should not justify the means. If Delta Central and South have ruled for eight years each, then either providence, destiny or arrangement made the two zones to rule eight years each, it must be replicated in Delta North,” Okocha stated.