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Mattawalle’s firearms advice came out of frustration – Okowa

The Delta State governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, says the party is poised to take back the governorship seat in the July 16 Osun State election.

Governor Okowa, who spoke to State House correspondents shortly after he met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo , at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

He also faulted the proposal by his Zamfara State counterpart, Bello Matawalle, that state residents should bear firearms to defend themselves from terrorists.

Fielding question on how prepared his party, the PDP was in the forthcoming Osun governorship election, he said “A lot is being done. We look forward to the elections. I’m sure the APC would expect a stiff competition. We agree that they are the government in power in that state but they will be definitely expecting a very stiff competition from us. We are poised to take back that state.”

On Matawalle’s proposition for state citizens to take up arms, he faulted the idea saying, though birthed out of frustration, it would have telling consequences for the overall security of the region.

Okowa said, “I think they need critical thinking because you have to also be in a position to examine the recommendations being made. When recommendations are made and you have not thought through it in full about the consequences of such, then it is also a problem.”

The governor argued that with the insecurity biting hard, the government must address insecurity holistically, with a long-term strategy in mind.

Vanguard/Maxwell Oyekunle

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