July 21, 2024

…Says he is brilliant and promising, Urges supporters not to sell their votesAll Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Isaba Ward in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State Engr. Jude Akpodubakaye has urged the people of Delta South Senatorial District to vote for the APC Senatorial candidate, Hon. Joel Onowakpo Thomas, describing him as a brilliant, promising, dependable and grassroots oriented leader with an enviable track record of following through on his commitments.Engr. Akpodubakaye who made the assertion shortly after attending a meeting between Delta South Ijaw kings, stakeholders and the APC Senatorial candidate, Hon. Joel Onowakpo Thomas on Monday, described the candidate as a man who is honest, trustworthy, true, noble, kind and upright, ahead of personal gains.According to Engr. Akpodubakaye, his party’s Senatorial candidate’s achievements at the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue where he served as executive chairman include, the building of World-Class Revenue offices in Asaba, Agbor, Oleh, Ughelli Ozoro, and a 6-story neutral model Delta State Board of Internal Revenue Headquarters and zonal offices in the state.“These achievements triggered the federal government to appoint Hon. Joel Onowakpo Thomas as the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to co-ordinate Rivers, Edo and Delta states where he worked with with other experts in taxation and recorded for the nation 4.03trillion in 2017 before resigning to contest for the 2019 Isoko Federal House of Representatives Election”, Engr. Akpodubakaye said.He therefore called on the people of Delta South Senatorial District to vote out incompetent and selfish leaders under the ruling party in the state who have continued to short change the people for several decades under maladministration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The APC stalwalt further informed that the party’s Delta South Senatorial District’s Candidate who qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994 also holds a Masters’s Degree in Technology Management, saying that he has contributed a lot to the accounting profession and community development which led to his inclusion in the “Who is Who in the 21st Century 2nd edition” of the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England.“He was also a recipient of “Development in Nigeria Merit Award in 2004” among several other awards, including the prestigious “Nigerian Stock Exchange Merit Award for Quality Audit Reporting and Depth of Information Provided in Annual Account” and honoured as fellow of the chartered institute of taxation of Nigeria.”As Executive Chairman the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Hon. Thomas was able to raise the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state from N1Billion to N5.74B monthly. Hon. Joel Onowakpo Thomas is also a philanthropist whose main goal is to help the less privileged and render selfless services, such as free jamb lectures, scholarship, textbooks, notebooks, micro-credit, vocational training and giving out starter packs to employment graduates”, Engr. reiterated.However, Engr. Akpodubakaye cautioned party supporters not to succumb to the temptation of selling their votes as some candidates from some other parties have begun buying their ways into victories, through vote buying, lamenting that; “The rampant spread of vote buying is acting as a catalyst to destroy our nascent democratic experience as well as create hindrances to the possibilities of achieving good governance at all levels”.

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