They also urged Deltans at home and abroad to rise against mediocrity and protect their rights and their votes.
Key issues in development like industrialization, higher education, good governance, opportunities for Okpe sons and daughters at the state and federal levels and how the people can improve their living standards took the centre stage in the politics of Okpe Kingdom on Thursday.
Representatives of the Okpe communities, the religious, students, artisans, business executives and elders who spoke on exemplary leadership that would see majority of Okpe people moving out of poverty, hopelessness and unemployment, said they were ready to support merit, performance, freshness and new ideas in the choice of the next governor.
“'The next governor must be someone of impeccable character and a track record in public or private sector” a statement issued by the President General, Okpe-Sapele Political Vanguard, Mr. Onoriode Oghene in Ugbimidaka-Elume, Sapele Local Government Area said.
The statement said the representatives resolved collectively to stand behind a member of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme in the governorship election.
“We have searched, researched and continually asserted in the last four months that the governorship slot must be for the best and simply the best. “Dr. Ngozi Olejeme is the best person for the job” the statement said.
Explaining that the decision was taken to reward industry, performance and achievement, the statement said Olejeme would offer the people responsible and accountable leadership as well as transform the kingdom and the state.
“For years, Olejeme worked non- stop to alleviate the suffering of the people. The records of what she did for the people are there. We know Deltans, particularly Okpe people are politically conscious, people who know what is good for them and can make good comparison. No amount of inducement can make the people to support another aspirant”.
They urged the deputy governor, former and serving commissioners, National Assembly members, a retired police officer and others not to challenge the people's choice'