Popular Human rights activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has indicated his interest to run for the governorship of Delta State with a promise to take Deltans out of what he called the present state of underdevelopment.
Keyamo speaking at his country home in Effurun-Warri, during the maiden meeting of Delta Forces United (a platform he is using to mobilise all progressive Deltans), declared that time had come for the citizens to be liberated from the dynasty of thieves that has been created over the years in the state.
He did not mince words in condemning what he regarded as politics of cronyism, ethnicity, prebendalism and underdevelopment in the state, pointed out that there had not been much to show for the 14 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. He explained that what the state had been saddled with was a legacy of primitive accumulation and godfatherism, while the masses continue to live in abject poverty with little infrastructural development of the state.
Keyamo wondered why a few who have continued to marginalize majority of Deltans would arrogate the power and right to decide who succeeds them instead of allowing the people’s will to prevail. Revealing his vision to over 200 members of the Delta Forces United, who attended the meeting from the various local government areas of the state, the activist who has vowed to live the rest of his life for the betterment of the state, noted that Deltans over time have been held hostage by members of a cabal, who would not see any other candidate as having the right qualities to govern.
According to him, the cabal has done much to promote mediocrity by not allowing internal democracy to reign. Priority in his vision (among other things) he said would therefore be the enthronement of democratic governance and provision of employment for the jobless Deltans even as he promised to take agriculture to a level where it can generate revenue like oil. Though Keyamo has not yet decided on which political party platform he would run for the election, yet he has ruled out the possibility of joining the PDP as he did not see anything good in the party particularly in the state.