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OTUARO TASKS SPDC ON FULL OPERATIONS IN DELTA *Assures Investors Of Friendly Environment


Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. (Deacon) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, weekend assured the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and other investors in the state of an investor-friendly environment.

Speaking in Warri, at the 2017 Swamp West Hub Integrated Stakeholders Engagement Forum for Ogunnu, Iduwini Delta and Ojobo cluster communities’ leadership and SPDC, Otuaro emphasised that peace was key to the actualisation of the SMART agenda put in place by Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State.

Otuaro, who chairs the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism said Governor Okowa had set up additional bodies such as the Delta State Peace Building and Advisory Council, Delta State Waterways and Land Security among others to pursue and sustain peace for social harmony and development. SPDC, Otuaro emphasised, therefore had no cause for alarm about full swing operations in the state.

“In line with the SMART agenda of the Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa-led Delta State Government, peace building in order to enhance social harmony is very key to us. Thus we have institutional structures put in place in pursuance of peace and security to achieve our electioneering promises to Deltans”, Otuaro assured.

While appealing to communities and all Deltans to sustain the commendable relative peace and security in the state, Otuaro also tasked the oil and gas companies to buy deeply into the peace initiatives of the Delta State government for mutual benefits.

Earlier, the Assets Manager, SPDC-West, Mr. Mesh Maichibi, commended leaders of the communities and the state government for the platform for dialogue, enthusing: “The deliberations and decisions will enable the company to plan full operations in the state”.

Maichibi also pledged that SPDC will remain committed to working with government, communities and civil society to implement programmes that will have lasting impact on lives of the people of the Niger Delta and Nigeria.


Portray Your Country Positively, Okowa Urges Nigerians


Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged Nigerians to portray the country positively before the world to boost investor’s confidence.
“There is no doubt that we are in a very difficult financial situation in our country and I believe that we need to begin to find ways to sell a good image of our country outside because, it is very common for us to see the press  highlighting the very negative aspect of our country and that will not help us grow and unfortunately, sometimes too, as government, we have also made the mistakes of actually making more pronounced the negative aspect of the country and that is not good for investments at all.”
Governor Okowa spoke yesterday (21/09/17) when members of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) led by its National President and Chairman of Council, Prof. Segun Ajibola paid him a courtesy call in Asaba.
The Governor who observed that Nigeria is too endowed to be poor, continued, “as much as possible, for every Nigerian, we need to show the right attitude and also project the best of our country and try to play down those aspects that may not portray the nation in a positive light. With the human capacity, work ethic and natural resources, Nigeria is a sure place for people to invest in.”
He stated that when investments are thriving in the country, there will be less crisis and more employment opportunities and used the occasion to challenge CIBN to proffer solutions to high cost of funds and interest rates which has discouraged a lot of local industrialists.
“I hope that in your top priorities, you will continue to fashion out policies that will truly help the people, especially in partnerships with the various banks because, we need to begin to redirect the rules that govern our various financial institutions in the lending process in particular bearing in mind that at the moment, it is not very encouraging and most times, it does not encourage the productive sector of our economy,” he said, adding, “the situation with the lending process is getting very worrisome because, most of the countries that are developing are moving much more faster than us due to the fact that the cost of funds is less and the integrity process of other countries is much more better than ours.  So, all these are issues that we expect your institute to work on and you have to sit and think of the best ways to move our financial status forward.”
He emphasized that the CIBN should boost the confidence of the people in the banking sector because, a “stronger banking institution will bring about foreign direct investments.”
Earlier, Prof. Ajibola commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment towards developing the state, disclosing that they were in Delta State “to create synergy among all stakeholders in the banking and finance sector.”


The people of Delta North Senatorial District have described the former governor of the state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori as a man of impeccable character and a leader to emulate, because of his love for humanity.

This was stated when the people of the senatorial district, under the aegis of Anioma Congress, the foremost conglomerate of all the major socio/political groups in the area, visited the former governor in his country home in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area on Friday, April 14, 2017.

The people of Anioma who were led to the visit by the Obi of Owa Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Obi Emmanuel Efeziomor, recalled the numerous manifestations of support by Chief Ibori to the Anioma people, when he was the governor of the state, especially in the areas of physical infrastructure and political recognition, which they as the best so far, since the creation of Delta State.

They thanked him for his continuous support for the Anioma people as demonstrated by the recent open support and endorsement of the candidature of the present governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term, come 2019 and while applauding the endorsement, promised to support Delta Central to produce the next governor in 2023, as a sign of continuous solidarity, even as they equally used the occasion to solicit for more support from the people of Delta Central to the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The visit also provided a platform for the Anioma people, as major stakeholders and recognized ethnic nationality in Nigeria, to publicly call for the restructuring of the Nigerian state as the present structure does not favour majority of the units, especially the Anioma’s.

Responding, Chief Ibori while appreciating the Anioma people for the visit, said the Anioma people had supported his political ambitions over the years, even before the formation of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and while promising his continued support to the area, re-affirmed that he had kept his promise on the issue of the Anioma governor, even as he assured that all their requests, including those that may require greater time and strategic approach to achieve have been noted and would be given requisite attention at the appropriate time.

Chief Ibori said he will always remain an advocate for equity, justice and fairness, which had been the hallmark of his relation with the Anioma people and his support for Anioma interests over the years.

Highlight of the solidarity visit was the conferment of the title of Ezi Oyi Anoioma on Chief Ibori in a brief but symbolic ceremony performed by the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Obi (Dr) Emmanuel Efeizormor, on behalf of the delegation of Anioma people during the visit.


nddcDelta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has described funding of budget and the use of incompetent contractors in the execution of projects as key factors militating against speedy development of the Niger Delta region.

The governor made the observation on Thursday 29/09/16, in Asaba when he played host to the Senate Committee on the Niger Delta led by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

Governor Okowa who decried the poor state of infrastructure in the Niger Delta and the attendant unrest in the region, called for the proper funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

nddc3“The terrain of the Niger Delta is very bad and it is very expensive to execute projects, especially, roads in the region.” He asserted.

He also, suggested that to tackle the problems bedevilling the region, budget should be prepared in line with the quantum of oil produced by communities, decrying situation where some communities which contributes a lot to the national purse have little or nothing to show for such.

“This oversight function of the Senate Committee will stimulate activities that will encourage a win-win situation for everybody,” the governor said while commending the Senate Committee for carrying out its oversight functions of visiting projects sites of the NDDC.

nddc4He described the amnesty programme for ex-militants as a laudable programme but, observed that there was still a lot to be done for it to make the desired impact on the people.

The governor disclosed that it was wrong for beneficiaries of the amnesty programmes to be left idle without being properly engaged after their training.

Earlier, Senator Nwaoboshi had told the governor that the committee was in Delta State to carry out its oversight function on the NDDC and the amnesty committee, stating that such visit would enable the committee to “give a holistic report to the Senate.”

Senator Nwaoboshi disclosed that since the inception of the NDDC, a total of 1, 674 projects have been awarded in Delta State which represents 20 per cent of the total number of projects awarded by the interventionist agency but, decried the fact that more than 50 per cent of the projects have been abandoned.

On the amnesty programme, Senator Nwaoboshi said, “we are going to have a public hearing on the amnesty programm and we want the state government to send position papers on the way forward and attend the event.”




David Diai

sum14Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has been scored very high by the Federal Government of Nigeria for his pragmatic, practical and articulate policies in partnering with the private sector to create wealth for Deltans.

Speaking at the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit in Asaba on Thursday 26/08/16, which is the stellar event to mark the Delta @25 Anniversary celebrations, Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo observed that no society can grow without the private sector playing active roles and Gover Okowa has designed an excellent and brilliant module in the SMART Agenda, for sourcing and engaging the private sector towards harnessing the huge potentials of Delta state in virtually all sectors.

“The governor of Delta State in his speech, said his administration is partnering with the private sector to develop the state; there is no way we can create prosperity without the private sector because the public sector does not have the resources to ensure speedy development,” Prof Osinbanjo stated.

sum7According to him, “as a government, we have no choice but to create the environment for the private sector to thrive; I think the private sector must be a responsible partner, paying taxes and contribute to all manners of social activities that makes the society truly great.”

While congratulating the government and people of Delta State for celebrating 25 years of the state’s creation, the Vice President observed that the greatest challenge facing governments at all levels in the country was having leaders who will have the courage, character and ability to stick to laid down plans.

“We are confronted today in our country with the challenge of leadership, we must take time to reflect on the type of leadership we have because, governments in Nigeria have never been short of good ideas and good plans, but the challenge is sticking to the plan and getting desired results,” he said, adding, “time has come to get results, public officers must be held to account for their performances; time and resources are saved when qualified people are hired.”

sum8Prof. Osibanjo lauded Governor Okowa’s administration for organizing the economic and investment summit.

He appealed to those who are in positions of authority to build the trust of the people, saying; “and we must build that trust if we are trustworthy ourselves.”

Governor Okowa at the summit, said, “our partnership with the private sector is of utmost priority to us and we are pursuing it with relentless vigour, adopting robust and flexible private public partnership models that guarantees a win-win for all.”

The Delta governor further added that; “Beyond the pomp and pageantry of the silver jubilee celebration, it is also an occasion for the sober reflection; a time to pause, think deep and chart a new growth trajectory for the future of our great state.The need for foresight, careful planning, innovation and creativity has never been as important as it is today,” he stated.

sum6Governor Okowa further said that the summit was necessary because, “with the ever growing complexity, disruption and global competition of the 21st century, it is incumbent on us to build a strong, robust and resilient economy that is adaptable to the physical, social and technological changes that are a growing part of the age we live in; we must rise to the challenge now, or we lose out,” assuring that his administration was committed to repositioning Delta State as preferred investors’ destination.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Summit, Mr Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, who reflected on the fluctuating revenue and GDP of the state from a once very high level to very low presently, noted that Delta state was infinitely blessed with both human and material resources and the time had come to start exploring the other potentials of the state I the face of dwindling oil revenues.

Ovia said, “Delta State is a land of tremendous possibilities and infinite possibilities. We should start thinking outside the box, we should think about alternatives to oil, particular in sports and tourism,” h said.

sum2Prof. Charles Soludo, former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, who presented the key note address at the Summit, asserted that the state could be the economic cum tourism destination of the world, if its four sea ports, international airport, good road networks are well harnessed for the state to be accessed by sea, air and land.

Prof. Soludo, who cited examples of countries that had positively exploited their oil windfall in the past, lamented the present hardship facing the country today, as a result of what he described as poor economic policies by the present federal administration, and while pointing out that the over dependence on oil as a our major revenue earner had lulled the state and country into beliving that the rosy days would never end, chided our corporate moguls for what he felt was their token contributions to development, hinting that perhaps a further fall in oil prices o as low as $10 dollars, may eventually become the panacea to compel us to be committed to exploring alternative ways to develop.

In the plenary sessions that followed, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who was lead Speaker for the Economy and Investment: Fiscal Incentives for Investment at Sub-National level session, noted that taxation, as an alternative to increased oil prices, was key to improving revenues and should be pursued aggressively to capture and stem capital flight from revenue earners in Delta state who come neighbouring states, even as she listed other revenue generating areas like efficient spending, building of proper job creating industries, addressing the problem of infrastructure and capital investment, placing greater emphasis on human capital, pluging loopholes for wastages and most importantly patronizing locally produced consumer products.

sum1“Delta needs no incentives but must look inwards from now on. We must change the narrative of seeing our products as local, which implies that they are of low qualityand start patronizing our local products. We have to change our buying and selling habits after devaluation, instead of adjusting to new realities. Let us beging to look inwards and become local champions for what we produce”, she admonished.

The Finance plenary, which was moderated by Mr. Jim Ovia, also had Frank Aigbogun and David Edevbie, Delta State Commissioner for finace as resource persons.

Dr. Ibe Kachiku, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, in his presentation on the Oil and Gas plenary, spoke on what he described as, ‘the urgency of now’ which is to get a handle on militancy issue and embrace dialogue and negotiation to resolve the matter, stressing the need for adequate security of oil facilities and a cessation of vandalization of pipelines by militants as an imperative to ensure increased production and revenues.

sum11The Petroleum Resources Minister, who noted that criminality overcomes ideology and that peace was imperative for security and investment, added that the federal government had concluded plans to develop a gas policy to revolutionize the gas value chain within the next 90days, stressing that Delta state had the ability to be the gas power engine room of Nigeria and the objective of the gas policy was to source local investment to improve existing structures, as well as set an agenda for the NNPC to export products, support and empower innovation and creativity, as well as enhance mechanized farming.

Others who spoke at the Oil and Gas plenary included Dr. David Ige, former Group Executive, Gas, NNPC, Mr. Adeoye Fadeyebi, MD/CEO Transcorp, and Mrs. Funke Osibodu, MD/CEO, Benin Electricity Development Company, BEDC, amongst others.

The plenary on Agriculture, which was the last session for Day One of the Delta state Economic and Investment Summit, had Prof. Danbala Danju, MD Bank of Agriculture as the lead speaker and was moderated by seasoned corporate mogul, Chief Emmanuel Ijewere, Chairman, Nigeria Agribusiness forum, in a lively interactive session with the resources persons including, Delta state Commissioner for Agriculture Chief Austin Chikezie, Delta state Chief Job Creation officer, Prof Eric Eboh, Dr Theophilus Okpidi, Executive Sec. Songhai Delta, Amukpe and Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, MD Fidelity Bank, amongst others.

sum13The Delta at 25 Economic and Investment Summit, which also witnessed a products exhibition by some Delta MDAs, where the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo was given a tour by Delta state Govenor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and some Commissioners, including Mr. Patrick Ukah, Delta State Commissioner for Information, as well as his counterpart, Barr. Chiedu Ebie of Basic and Secondary Education, continues tomorrow, Saturday 27, with the final break-out sessions on Ease of Doing Business, Infrstructure, A Review of the Summit by Dr. Kingsley Emu, Delta state Commissioner for Economic Planning and a final Wrap-up by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.







OKOWA: A Mandate Fulfilled

– By David Diai


okowaaaaaThe journey of Delta State Governor-Elect Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa to Government House (Osadebey House), Asaba, literally and definitively started on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the famous Oshimili South Arcade, Asaba.

That was the day when Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, representing Delta North Senatorial zone at the National Assembly, formally declared his intention to contest the 2015 Governorship election in Delta state on the platform of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, uttered a prophecy and told the world in very clear and unequivocally terms that out going Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, will hand over to him in 2015.

Making his declaration on that famous day, Okowa said’ “I have decided to take up the mantle of leadership of Delta State, to be your governor as from 2015. As you all know, I have dedicated myself to the service of my people all my life hence I have served in various capacities under successive administrations. My vision is to consolidate on a progressive government of peace and security that will add value to the transformation agenda in Delta State”.

Okowa, who described Governor Uduaghan as, “my Oga, my boss, my mentor”, said that Uduaghan had no other option than to hand over to him because, when he served as the first Campaign Director-General for Senator Patrick Osakwe, the distinguished Senator handed over to him in 2011. Having therefore served as Uduaghan’s first Director General of Campaign, the incumbent governor, it was therefore logical and categorical that, “in 2015, Governor Uduaghan will hand over to me.

“Uduaghan is my governor, my friend and leader. No matter what you hear, our friendship can’t be washed away. I will develop and improve on the good work he has started. We have always worked together as friends. I was the first Director General of his campaign and the relationship has been there. So when it is time, he will hand over to me,” Okowa prophesied.

The first part of that prophetic declaration came to pass on December 8, 2014, when Senator Ifeanyi Okowa once again confounded the huge political machinery arrayed against him and clinched the Governorship ticket of the party in a contest that left no one in doubt of his immense political structure and goodwill in the State and by so doing captured the biggest and most coveted political prize of all in the Delta state PDP.

It was indeed another defining moment in the mercurial and illustrious political career of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, as he frontally took on the massive political structure that massed behind a near formidable opponent and triumphed in grand style, in a victory simply been described as phenomenal and achieved against the backdrop of almost the same manipulative political calculations in the 2011Delta North Senatorial contest, but this time with more definitive political implications and entrenched zonal dimensions.

For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa scored 406 votes and won the Delta state PDP Primaries with an impressive margin for a delegates election and in a transparent, free, fair and credible process, conducted in the full view of the world.

His closest challenger Olorogun David Edevbie scored 299 votes, while Engr. Victor Ochei polled 185 votes. The two other significant tallies were Hon. Ndudi Elumelu who got 50 votes and Elder Godsday Orubebe who got 49 votes, respectively.

Not less than 20 aspirants contested the 2014 Delta Governorship PDP Primaries, out of which 17 were from Delta North, Okowa’s Senatorila zone. However only 18 aspirants were on the ballot as the Deputy Gov. Professor Amos Utuama and Ogbuefi Ndidi Ujomor-Abanum both stepped down before the primaries commenced.

The second part of the prophesy came to pass on Monday April 13, 2015, when the final results of the Delta State governorship election, held on April 11, 2015, was announced.

In an authoritative manner that can best be described as a total demolition of the opposition political parties in the state by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Okowa of the PDP scored won the Delta State Governorship election, in a pan Delta voting landslide, with 724, 680 votes to defeat the Labour Party, LP, Candidate Chief Great Ogboru who scored 130, 028 votes in second place, while the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate Olorogun O’tega Emerhor was thrashed into a very distant third with 67, 825 votes.

Also, results collated from the 25 Local Government Areas released by the Delta State INEC and supervised by the state returning officer Prof. Bio Nyananyo, showed that the PDP and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa equally won a pan Delta landslide 21 Local Government Areas, namely: Ethiope West, Sapele, Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Bomadi, Isoko North, Isoko South, Okpe, Ika North East, Patani, Ika South, Ndokwa West, Burutu, Warri North, Ughelli South, Aniocha South, Ukwuani, Warri South West, Ndokwa East, and Aniocha North.

The Labour Party, LP, and Chief Great Ogboru captured Four (4) LGA’s namely: Udu, Uvwie, Ughelli North and Ethiope East respectively. The All Progressive Congress, APC and its Candidate Olorogun O’tega Emerhor did not win any LGA.

The voting margin of victory in itself and the spread of LGA’s were Senator Okowa won have more than any other considerations, completely underscored the pan-Delta nature of Okowa’s mandate as the next Governor of Delta State.

Announcing the final results, the Delta State Governorship election returning officer, Prof. Bio Nyananyo, affirmed that the election was duly contested, the political parties fielded candidates and the candidates received valid votes. He then declared that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa had received the highest number of votes and satisfied the requirements as contained in the constitution and the electoral law and has therefore been declared the winner of the election.

certi13The third part of the prophesy came to pass on Wednesday April 15, 2015, when Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Delta State PDP Governorship candidate and Delta State Governor-Elect, collected his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after being declared winner of the April 11, 2015 Governorship election in the State.

At a brief but precise ceremony held at the INEC office, Asaba and presided over by INEC National Commissioner, S/South, Dr Ishmael Igbani and Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, the ceremony also witnessed the presentation of Certificates of return to the Deputy Governor-Elect, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro.

Responding on behalf of the successfully elected candidates, the Delta State Governor-Elect Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, noted that the success of the 2015 elections, Nigeria was gradually growing into the committee of elected democrats globally.

He then assured Deltans of his commitment and dedication to deliver on his mandate and pledged on behalf of all the elected members that they would do the right thing by providing the dividends of democracy to their respective constituencies and to Nigerians.

Others who collected their certificates were two Senators-Elect, Senator James Manager and Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, as well as 10 House of Representatives members, including Hon. Leo Ogor, Hon Ossai Ossai, Hon Daniel Reyenieju, Hon. Victor Nwokolo and Hon. Evelyn Obaro and first time Honorable members elect, Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor and Julius Pondi, who were present at the ceremony, amongst others.

The historic significance of this seamless and flawless presentation of the governorship Certificate of return to Senator Ifeanyi Okowa by Dr. Ishmael Igbani, was not lost on both men, especially when a minor administrative oversight at the presentation proper, caused an insignificant delay, and in that timeless moment, invoked sentimental memories of another Certificate of Presentation for the Delta North Senatorial seat, in June 2011, which also involved both men and another delay at that time, following the institution and summary vacation of a Court injunction by the then DPP Senatorial Candidate, Hon. Ned Nowko against Okowa.

Delta watchers will recall at that time that Dr. Okowa had not been presented with his certificate of return by INEC, during the official presentation to victorious candidates held at Grand Hotel, Asaba, for the reason that an Abuja Federal High Court had issued an injunction to stop INEC from doing so.

Witnesses at that presentation ceremony will recall that Dr. Okowa had lined up with other elected members to collect his INEC Certificate, but was denied by the INEC National Commissioner, who said that a Federal High Court injunction restrained them from doing that in response to a prayer by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) Candidate, Prince Ned Nwoko who claimed that the elections had been flawed.

A remarkably calm Okowa had later told newsmen after the ceremony that although the decision not to present him with the certificate had come as a kind of shock, he will however instruct his legal team to look into the matter, which from the prayers contained in the injunction, was constitutionally a post-election issue meant for the election tribunal and not the civil Court.

The matter was subsequently resolved and Dr. Ishmael Igbani himself had returned to Delta State and Grand Hotel, to formally present the Certificate of return to Senator Okowa, who then proudly took his place in the Senate, as the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial zone, when the National Assembly was convened on June 6th 2011, for the 7th Session of the Senate.

The irreversibility of this particular 2015 presentation ceremony was however further underscored, when the candidates-elect in that room, some of whom were also present at the June 2011 ceremony, unanimously agreed to wait in solidarity, until the oversight was addressed and this singular action, by itself defined the unity of purpose and resolute affirmation of the elected representatives from Delta State to bond together with the unifying symbol of Delta’s political future in the new dispensation.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was the first person to visit and congratulate Senator Okowa on his well deserved certificate of return and endorsement as the governor of Delta State and the same outpourings of goodwill were further established when Governor-elect Senator Ifeanyi Okowa paid a formal thank you Visit to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan at Government House, Asaba.

Encapsulating the collective and developmental essence of the emergence of Senator Okowa as the next Governor of Delta State, Governor Uduaghan said, “Every segment of the state was involved in this victory. It is a pan-Deltan victory and we need to maintain this accord of being one state without division. Today is the crowning of so many years of hardwork and dedication; it is the will of God.”

Speaking further, Uduaghan noted that: “The victory is made possible by the credible candidate the party presented for the position. Our selection process as a party will be such that we will always get a credible and strong candidate for any position. Within the next few weeks, l will call a meeting of selected leaders in the party to review what has happened in the general elections in the state and use it to rebuild the party from the state level and this can also be useful at the national level.”

In his response, the Governor- Elect Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said he had come to say thank you to the Governor for all he did in ensuring the victory of the PDP in the State.

Okowa said: “We are particularly impressed that you debunked the ‘unholy rumor’ that was spreading like wild fire concerning your Excellency’s commitment to PDP victory. You were a General in the field and all you did motivated us. May God bless you and your family and keep us together as we move forward. I thank the Campaign organization. I thank the people of Delta State, and our party as well as our agents. You all did well.

“We will be loyal to you and to our leaders including Chief James Onanefe Ibori. Chief Ibori and Dr. Uduaghan remain the real leaders of the PDP in Delta State. We will remain as a family. No matter the issues leading up to the elections. But it is time to put those issues behind and chart a way forward. A lot of sacrifices need to be made by all so that as more people as possible can be accommodated in my administration,” the Governor-elect said.

Suffice it to say therefore, that the ultimate relevance of presenting the political trajectory and prophetic journey of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, thus far, as he marches to occupy Delta State government House from May 29, 2015, not only re-affirms the centrality of his mandate in the collective ethos of an evolving post-equity Delta State, but equally establishes the critical balancing of the developmental and political challenges ahead both in governance and brinkmanship, in the next four years.

Okowa’s mercurial political career accomplishments have been chronicled expansively and extensively on virtually all media and other documented platforms.

A distinguished alumnus of the Great University of Ibadan (Great Uite), which on its own and without any prejudice, is an outstanding credential sufficient to qualify him for the governorship of Delta State, Senator Okowa has over the years, become council chairman, multiple serving commissioner, Secretary to the state government, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, dogged political fighter, cerebral, humble, humane, philanthropist, strategic visionary leader, detribalized Nigerian; all of which have positioned and prepared him excellently to be the next governor of Delta State.

But placing Okowa’s mandate within the contextual and conceptual nexus of its polemic interpretation requires a deeper understanding of the indices that govern the governance and political temper of the power equation in Delta State.

Aniomas and Delta North will now heave a huge sigh of relief and feel a mighty sense of accomplishment and bragging rights, in the wake of Senator Okowa’s victory and rightly they should too. The old scab of the alleged 2007 Ogwashi-uku manipulation still itches periodically, but that old wound pales into insignificance when placed against the backdrop of the fact that the two main opposition parties in the state, All Progressives Congress, APC and Labour Party had already picked their governorship candidates; O’rtega Emerho and Great Ogboru, from Delta Central.

The political embarrassment and irrelevance of the Anioma people of Delta North would have been cemented forever, if David Edevwie, also from Delta Central, had won the PDP governorship primaries, which would have given the Urhobos the automatic ticket to produce the next governor at their own whim and by that singular act, dislocate the entire Delta North axis from the power structure of Delta State.

However, most discerning Delta political watchers will be quick to opine that the seeming homogeneity within the individual Senatorial zones is arguably more communal in Delta Central than in the other two zones. Senator Okowa himself had to contend with at least 15 other aspirants from across his own zone, all of whom felt equally capable of leading the state. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan even had to make the ultimate political sacrifice in his own Senatorial zone, when the quest for the Senatorial ticket became unduly contentious.

Okowa’s pan-Delta mandate therefore, by ensuring the ultimate desire to complete the power rotation circle in Delta State, has also fulfilled the fundamental argument of equity and ensured that political stability and balancing has now been achieved in the state.

Again, the emergence of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State must also be seen as a mandate fulfilled, when placed within the context of the proper political perspective in the evolving Peoples Democratic Party, PDP nomenclature in Delta State of the next administration.

Many PDP political watchers will agree that what has been the bane of the party over the years has been likened to a continuously brazen effort by the leadership of the party abandon the equity and ethics of internal and proceed in every election congress to allegedly impose unpopular candidates who do not enjoy the support or goodwill of the people.

It has been argued by certain key stakeholders, that the resounding electoral humiliation which the PDP suffered in the 2015 general elections was orchestrated mainly by disconsolate and discontent party leaders, who were embarrassed into political irrelevance in constituencies where the held sway, during the congresses and thus decided to retaliate with anti-party allegiances during the elections proper.

Delta State has not been an exception in this trend and in the wake of his victory after the bruising and acrimonious primaries for the 2011 Delta North Senatorial seat election, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa himself, after thanking the God and the people of Delta North for the victory, had called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to respect the choice of the Anioma people in deciding who represents them at the Senate.

Recalling what had transpired in the 2007 Delta North senatorial election, Senator Okowa had noted that despite the fact that a candidate had been foisted on the people by the national leadership of the party thus compelling the popular candidate of the party to join another party, the people still voted against the imposed candidate and the PDP scored less than 10 percent of the votes in that 2007 Delta North Senatorial election in the state.

Senator Okowa then uttered the following prophetic words after his victory at the PDP primaries in 2011: “We have put the PDP on notice; we have put the leadership of the party on notice, we have put Mr. President on notice that the people of Delta North love PDP but they must be allowed freely to make their choice on who stands for them.”

The uncanny coincidence of the same manipulative intrigues almost playing itself out in the run-up to the PDP 2015 governorship primaries remains a critical talking point for political analysts, but the redemption of the PDP, achieved with the resounding victory of Dr. Okowa both in the primaries and the elections proper has now provided a much desired post election deconstruction and re-invention of the political platform on which the party will now be structured with Okowa as the new party leader in the state, in a national political space where the PDP is now in the opposition for the first time.

But one thing is sure and that is the fact that the victory of Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, especially during the PDP primaries in the state, is a clear testimony of his huge popularity with the membership of the party, who see him not only as a vibrant and dynamic symbol of the radical new reforms which the PDP dearly yearns but also a staunch advocate for the entrenchment of internal democracy and the ‘One Man, One Vote’ revolution, which will surely put Nigeria amongst the committee of democratic nations globally.

In the final perspective, Senator Okowa’s pan-Delta mandate has of course addressed the desire for equity in the power sharing rotational relay structure of Delta State, but intriguingly in it has also in that resolution, invoked a major governance challenge which will unravel in the next four years.

Okowa’s emergence as the next governor of Delta State is thus a mandate fulfilled in the sense that, as the man saddled with the last lap of the rotational governorship relay, he has received the baton under circumstances which compels him, as the anchor leg, to ensure that the administration and development race in Delta is not only sustained but indeed taken to record breaking heights; a condition already challenged by the unfavorable windy conditions of being Governor in a time of political opposition.

The conventional wisdom in every relay race is to always save the best man for the last leg and while Governors James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan can be said to have run the governance race to set individual marks, Okowa is now saddled with the huge task of running the race not just to maintain that mark but to run for the whole team Delta and raise the mark to a height where it is possible to even break existing records, as the best man on the last lap of the power rotation relay race in Delta State.

Everything up to this time; the campaigns, the primaries and the elections proper, were just ‘Heats’ leading up to the final, which begins on May 29, 2015. The mandate for Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Delta North has already been defined. His emergence as the next governor of Delta State is a prophecy come to pass. It is a mandate fulfilled in the political, social and existential annals and chronicles of Delta State.

History beckons for the man of destiny, as Delta awaits the promise of ‘Prosperity for all Deltans’. After all, as the slogan aptly puts it, for Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, “Our mata na him mata”… To God be the Glory.

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