Delta 2023: Okowa talks tough, begins search for successor
Posted by News Express | 16 May 2021 | 139 times
•Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa
The Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has warned those seeking the office for selfish interests to desist from it, urging politicians in his Delta North senatorial district (Anioma) not to be carried away with the promise of being made Deputy Governor to those who relegated the zone as politically immature in the past.
Okowa gave the warning on Saturday in Asaba while flagging off the distribution of empowerment items for the people of Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, who represents the area, gave the warning ahead of the 2023 governorship election.
He added that in the next month, the process of picking a successor that would govern the state fairly, equitably and justly, would begin, enjoined the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to be cautious, adding that the people were looking up them to provide the needed direction.
“And for those of them jumping ship because of a little envelope, please, let us caution them. I thank God my brother, Elumelu invited 80 councillors from the four local governments of his constituency and we are glad about that. But we also know that in this same state previously, it would just be about 56 councillors because some people just felt that as Delta north people and particularly Aniocha/Oshimili that we were not politically mature to have 20 councillors in each local government. Why would that be?
‘And the same hands that orchestrated that are the same people throwing envelopes at our people, and a few of them are jumping at such envelopes. Whosoever is coming to rule this state must be ready to ensure that there is fairness, justice and equity in everything; we want somebody who will come to Asaba and see it as his own, rather than feel that Asaba as headquarter is misplaced. It ought not to be,” he said.
The governor recalled that in 2014 before the primaries for the 2015 election, eleven aspirants from the zone indicated interest to be governor, adding that none of them was willing to step down after several meetings, adding that “as we move forth, please each and everyone of us; and I am talking more to the leadership because many times, it is in your hand to give a direction on what our people will do. Please, let’s stay cautious,’ he added. (Story adapted from Sun)
Source: News Express
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