• Okowa seeks support for new Governor
Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has reiterated that his administration would be fair, just and equitable to all parts of the state, vowing that every senatorial district would be treated equally, in terms of projects and appointments.
“I want to serve you people and be a governor for all Deltans. I will be fair to you all in everything we are going to do in this administration,” he assured.
Oborevwori, who made the pledge at a grand reception in honour of the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, held yesterday, in Ika North-East Local Council, also promised to do more for the residents, with the fear of God, for voting him and his team to power.
Okowa charged the people to extend the same support to the Oborevwori administration to advance the state through its M.O.R.E. agenda, adding: “You have shown me love, please extend same to Oborevwori. He has promised us that he is going to do more and ! am convinced that he is prepared for the job.
Oborevwori said: “You did very well for the people, and your eight years in the saddle were very wonderful and impactful.
“There is nothing as good as your people celebrating you. Some people finish serving in public office and cannot return home. You are being celebrated and given a heroic welcome by your people. Deltans have come in their large numbers to honour you today in appreciation of your good deeds…”
“I want to appreciate the Ika nation for organising this in your honour . I appeal to everyone to extend same love and support shown you to our administration.”
He described Okowa as very experienced in governance and leadership, adding that he has learnt a lot from him in the last eight years.
Oborevwori approved the request of the chairmen of Ika North East and Ika South local councils to name the Old Lagos-Asaba Road after Okowa.
In his remarks, Okowa thanked the Ika nation and Delta residents for the honour done him, and his family. He expressed appreciation of everyone who supported his administration’s success story.
He said: “I am truly very excited to be back home and to be received in this manner and I must thank you all for honouring me and my family.
“Throughout my eight years, Ika nation was very peaceful and that gave me the opportunity to perform my duties very well, and I must thank our youths and all stakeholders for the peace we are enjoying across the state.
“Let me appreciate all Deltans for their prayers and support and I owe you all gratitude, because Delta has continued to prove its worth in the comity of states in this nation.
“I thank God for the support we got from all elected and appointed public officials. We are proud to have done the best we could, given the circumstances that we found ourselves, but we were able to impact on the lives of our people.”
Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr. Nduka Irabor, said the honour was for Okowa’s outstanding accomplishments in the administration of the state and for making Ika nation and the entire Delta proud.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included wife of the governor, Tobore; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, represented by Rear Admiral Ndidi Agholor; former governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; immediate past deputy governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro; former deputy governor, Chief Benjamin Elue; Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu; Senator James Manager; Senator Ighoyota Amori; Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Johnson Erijo; Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo; Olorogun John Oguma; Mr. Hope Oborevwori and Olorogun Talib Tebite, among others.