Ede Dafinone Declares For Delta Central Senate,Vows To Revive Okwagbe, Sapele Ports If Elected
Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Export Promotion Group and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief Ede Dafinone has declared his intentions to contest for the Delta Central senatorial seat in the 2023 general election.
Chief Ede who made the declaration at a rally held at Fiesta Dome in Ughelli, Delta state disclosed that he is the right person to replace the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who is contesting for seat of Governor.
According to him, “If elected, I will work with my colleagues to adopt a policy, to revitalize our seaports in the south, particularly the Okwagbe deep-sea and Sapele ports to promote the export of produce from the Niger Delta area and also decongest Lagos port.
“I would be committed to promoting transparency and accountability in government financial management, environmental protection, the arts, gender equality, and women and youth empowerment.”
Speaking further at the rally with mammoth crowd, Chief Ede Dafinone a renowned Chartered Accountant and Economist said,
“My dear compatriots, in 2015, when we needed a strong voice at the national level to reposition the Urhobo Nation, after years of declining influence and standing in the politics of our country, we sent Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Obarisi of Urhoboland to the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent us.
“In just seven years in the senate, Omo-Agege pursued his vision to restore Urhobo greatness and improve the lives of all Delta Central Senatorial District residents with a sense of urgency and he did the hard work to make that vision a reality.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege offered us effective and quality representation in the hallowed chambers of the Nigerian Senate and has raised the bar on legislative representation to a new level.
“The gains of the last 7 years are great and visible to all of us in terms of projects, sound legislations and empowerment of Urhobos, these are legacy achievements that will transform Urbobo land for many years to come.
“These accomplishments which demonstrated that doing good work matters, have laid a solid foundation for our future. Now we must build on and improve on that foundation, as Omo-Agege seeks the office of Governor of Delta State to implement a Pan Delta EDGE Agenda to Build A New Delta for the good of all Deltans.
“Today, after consulting with my family, party leaders, critical stakeholders in Urhoboland and my associates, I purchased the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Senate on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC to serve the people of Delta Central Senatorial District and the Urhobo Nation in the 10th Senate.
“I am running with the hope that the people of Delta Central Senatorial District will allow me to deploy my knowledge and experience as a Chartered Accountant, as the Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Export Promotion Group (MANEG) and Nexportrade Houses Limited, as a member of the Board of NEXIM Bank, as the Chairman of Sapele Integrated Industries Limited, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and as a trustee of the Guild of Fine Artists, and most especially as a philanthropist which has prepared me to hit the ground running with an understanding of the issues that matter most to Delta Central and Nigeria, as well as the experience to make a difference in the Senate.
“In offering myself to represent our people, I am mindful of their expectations and needs which I understand very well, having served in various committees of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, whenever I am given the privilege to contribute my quota to the advancement of Urhobo Nation.
“So, as the next senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, I won’t avoid any challenges, and I’ll put Delta Central and Urhobo Nation first in all of my decisions.
“At the heart of the challenges, we face as a district and a country is the urgent need for jobs for our people, especially women and youth, as well as insecurity that is threatening our way of life.
I believe that the rising insecurity in Nigeria is a result of rising unemployment, especially among the youth.
“In the past 6 years through the Dafinone foundation, I have been running social and community projects to provide scholarships for post-graduate education, disburse micro-credit loans to women and support the development of vocational skills within Delta State and over 2000 persons have been empowered through this intervention.
“Now we must fight to create more jobs to solve the insecurity problem and harness the demographic dividend associated with the rising population.
This requires a vibrant, diversified economy with a strong manufacturing base. And the task of our time is to seek bold new ideas, create the urgently needed jobs for our people and lift millions out of poverty.
“We must also adopt an export-led industrialisation strategy to revitalize our manufacturing base, agriculture, and help to create new jobs and economic growth.
“If elected I will campaign tirelessly to promote Nigerian-made products and work to enact laws to create an enabling environment for the manufacturing sector to thrive.
“I will also work with my colleagues in the Senate to enact a law that will make the federal government adopt a policy, to revitalize our seaports in the south, particularly the Okwagbe deep-sea and Sapele ports to promote the export of produce from the Niger Delta area and also decongest Lagos port.
“I would be committed to promoting transparency and accountability in government financial management, environmental protection, the arts, gender equality, and women and youth empowerment.
“As a senator, I will always work with all stakeholders to determine the best possible manner to represent the district.
“So, my dear party men and women, most especially the delegates to our forthcoming primary, give me your support, give me your votes and together, we will keep Urhobo great.
“I also want to invite all people of Delta Central Senatorial District to join me on this walk to sustain, consolidate and build on the good work Senator Ovie Omo-Agege started for the people of Delta Central Senatorial District and the Urhobo Nation which began with the purchase of forms at the National Secretariat of APC in Abuja on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022.”