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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
ON JANUARY 4, 2019

A former Delta Governor, Chief James Ibori
says Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa deserves a second
term to sustain peace and developments in the
state.
Ibori said this in his goodwill message on
Friday when the State Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) commenced its 2019 elections
campaign for governorship and other
candidates at Oghara Township Stadium,
Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.

He said that Okowa had performed creditably
and had kept the peace and unity in line with
the political mandate of the people of the
state.

Ibori urged the Anioma people of the state to
take up the challenge of ensuring the return of
Okowa for a second term in office in March.

He said that Okowa had performed
exceptionally, saying that he (Okowa)
understood the political arrangements and had
kept faith by honouring the political leaders of
the state.

The former governor said that Okowa deserved
a second term in office and urged all Deltans
to support his governorship re-election bid. “I
have no doubt in my mind that the governor
has done exceedingly well.

He is confident, capable, knowledgeable,
intelligent and have the capacity to rule the
state for a second term. “Okowa belongs to
this political family and he has all it takes to
lead. “I am indeed very pleased with you
because when I was away, in 2015 you (Okowa)
started your campaign here and today you
have returned to commence your campaign in
Oghara.

“That tells me that you (Okowa) know the
political history of this state and I (Chief James
Ibori), as the head of the political family in
Delta, I declare and decree that you have all it
takes to lead our state.

“Gov. Okowa knows what to do at any time. He
has respect for elders and I pray God to guide
him and anybody that is planning evil will not
succeed.

“On my own, I am solidly behind you. I am
with you spiritually and politically and for you
the Anioma people, this is your challenge; take
up the challenge,’’ Ibori said.

He urged the people of the state to go all out
and support Okowa and all the candidates of
the PDP in the coming elections.

On his part, Okowa reassured the people of his
resolve to continue with the poverty alleviation
agenda of his administration if re-elected. He
said that plans were on to continue and
complete all road projects awarded, job
creation and other developmental programmes
in the state.

Okowa said that with the achievements of his
administration in the past three and half years,
he was sure of victory in March. He called on
the people for support and urged them to
carry the campaign to the grassroots.
The governor was confident that more people
would defect from the opposition party to the
PDP before the general elections. He
challenged the oppositions to a debate, saying:

“I offer myself to a debate on issues
concerning Delta. “Can you be a governor when
you are nowhere to be found. We don’t want
strangers.

“They may be born here but they are
strangers, who comes in only during elections.

“We are sure of winning the oppositions in all
the senatorial districts, even in Ethiope East.
So I urge you to take the campaign message
from door to door.’’

The governor thanked the leaders of the party,
the traditional rulers, youths and women for
their support which had ensured peace and
security in the state and had promoted the
economy of the state and the nation. He said
that because of the existing peace in the state,
the state was number four in crude oil
production in 2015 and had now become
number one.

Okowa promised to utilise the increasing
revenue to better the lives of the people if re-
elected as governor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
the state PDP Chairman, Mr Kingsley Esiso,
handed over the party’s flags to all candidates
of the party for the forthcoming elections in
the state and National Assembly.
NAN reports that the occasion was more of a
carnival at Oghara, a town regarded as the
political capital of PDP in Delta.

(NAN).

Read more at: www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/ibori-endorses-gov-okowas-re-election-bid/

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