The teeming supporters of Sebastine Okoh have requested him to use the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform to run for House of Reps in the forthcoming general elections as his party, PDP at the national level as according to them, has mandated that automatic ticket be given to the party incumbents for House of Reps and Senate to re-contest.
The request was made known to journalists in a rally organized by the National Working Committee of Sebastine Okoh support group held at his campaign office in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area recently.
Responding to the request of his supporters, Mr. Sebastine Okoh said like everyone knows, he is a full fledge member of PDP, stating that the quest for a change of party was as a result of the decision of PDP at the national that the party incumbent for House of Reps and Senate should be given automatic ticket to re-contest for the 2019 general elections.
His words, “irrespective of the prevailing circumstance, my supporters have refused me quitting from the House of Reps race, adopting APC as the next party to go. Though it is my decision to make, yet the wish of my supporters cannot be do away with because I solely depend on them. I see my supporters as my leaders because they are the people sending me to represent them at the Green Chamber. They are also my godfathers as I have none; thus I am answerable to every of their request. I want to use the opportunity to let the masses know that the Sebastine Okoh they know today can never change to something else which they have not known him for. I have always said it that my desire to represent Ika people at the House of Representatives is to make a difference and continue to put smiles on the face of the people. In all, I was not born to be a loser, my God has always granted me every of my heart desires”.
Mr. Okoh assured his supporters that the answer to their request will be made known on the day of his formal declaration as the party in which he is to contest will also be unveiled. He appealed to every Ika person who is eighteen years and above, and is yet to get his or her Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so before the expiration date of August 15, saying that it is the only way out for them to emerge winners. He admonished all those that feel that their votes does not count to have a rethink because it will count come 2019 general elections, enjoining everyone to get his or her PVC ready to be able to exercise their franchise.
In separates remarks, the Chairman, Sebastine Okoh Support Group, Prince Innocent Obaseki, Secretary, Emeke Egwuanimkwu, Chairman of all Chairmen of Sebastine Okoh Support Group, Deacon Tony Okoh, Woman leader, Comrade Victoria Oji and others lamented the way political officer holders in Ika nation have brought setbacks to the land because of their selfish interest. They urged all to support their principal whom they described as God sent.
Others in their speeches frowned at the decisions of PDP at the national level, saying, “We are not going to give up for we believe God that our principal, Sebastine Okoh is the next house of Reps member to represent Ika nation. Hence, we will not accept the decision of PDP. We hope he grant us our request to use the APC platform for we know that his victory is rest assured”.