The All Progressives Congress in Delta State has accused state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, of playing to the gallery and being disingenuous in his recent comment over the state finances, which he inherited from his predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
In a statement by the APC through its Media Adviser, Martins Mukoro, on Sunday, the party described as embarrassing and an  insult to the sensibility of Deltans Okowa’s attempt to shed “crocodile tears over the huge debt profile of the state  totalling over N600bn, which his  predecessor left behind.”
According to the party, the governor “is merely setting the stage by crying wolf to divert attention and in order to lay the foundation for him to go borrowing more money, thereby plunging the state into a deeper financial disaster.”
APC said it had warned the people of the state during electioneering that “Okowa represents no change but more of the same of Peoples Democratic Party’s 16 years of mis-rule.”
It added, “From Okowa’s days as Commissioner, multiple times under ex-governor James Ibori to his days as the Secretary to the  State Government under Uduaghan that accumulated these debts, he has no moral excuse to attempt to distance himself as if he was an onlooker or bystander while the  state was being wrecked!
“Okowa was not an onlooker but a key participant and a major co-conspirator in wrecking the finances and economy of Delta State and he is in no position to rescue Delta from the mess created by him and the past PDP administrations.
“If indeed Okowa insists he has been an onlooker and truly expect Deltans to believe he was not a party to the financial rot, let him immediately and urgently institute a panel to probe the huge debt in order to unearth how it was accumulated and who were the beneficiaries of the massive plundering of our commonwealth! Until then, Gov Okowa can’t pull wool over our eyes.”
The party urged the people of Delta State to brace for the change that had “been delayed” and be ready to  seize the opportunity of the “expected re-run that may soon be ordered by the ongoing election petitions tribunal to support the APC at all levels to effect the desired change that will bring relief,  a breath of fresh air and freedom from a political dynasty of corruption in Delta State.”