By Festus Ahon, Asaba
Anioma people, yesterday, adopted Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as their sole gubernatorial candidate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Moving the motion during a reception for the governor organized by the Anioma nation, Chief Newton Jibunor said Okowa had done well and, therefore, should be picked as the sole candidate of Anioma for the 2019 governorship election in Delta State.
He described Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a good ambassador of the Anioma nation and said he should be supported for a second term in office.
The ceremony, held in Asaba, attracted the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and former governors of Delta State, Chief James Ibori and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Addressing the people, Secondus said; “We are proud of your son, we are proud of his achievements. On behalf of the National Working Committee, we salute our governor. This is a new PDP and, by the special grace of God, we will regain our lost grounds. No amount of intimidation, no amount of blackmail will stop Nigerians from voting PDP in 2019”.
Wike, who also spoke at the occasion, said: “as far as we are concerned in Rivers State, Okowa should be preparing for swearing-in because, if any other party is coming to Delta State to contest against Okowa, they should first tell the people what they have done for the people, because, Okowa is a gentleman, he is dependable and he has done very well in Delta State.”
Ekweremadu said: “I join you the people of Delta State to take the decision to return Governor Okowa in 2019. I thank Delta people for bringing an example of bringing justice to every part of the state for Nigerians to emulate”.
On his part, Okowa said: “Today, my people of Anioma put up this show and I thank you all for this wonderful event. In 2015, Delta State did something that strengthened the unity of our people that though, we are diverse in ethnic, we believe that we are one people. They realised that if the unity of Delta State ust remain, they must speak with one voice and they did that through their votes and I won in the total votes cast in all the ethnic nationalities.
“That obviously sent a message that we are one people and we will continue to live in unity because in that unity, we will blossom; in that unity, we will succeed. We came at a time there were challenges but, because of the support of all, we were able to wade through the turbulent days; the dark days are over and we shall grow to greater heights.
“As we move on as a people, I must count on your support for us to sustain the peace that we enjoy, with peace, we will do well as a people, we will continue to build the roads in this state.
“As Deltans, we need to continue to pray and build on the trust that exists among us, I listened to President General of Isoko, the President General of Urhobo nation and the President General of the Ijaws endorsing me, so, who should I be afraid of? I thank you for adopting me as the sole candidate for the governorship election and I assure you that we will remain focused and resolute in developing our state”.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Philip Asiodu, described Okowa as an illustrious son of Anioma who has delivered dividends of democracy in all parts of Delta and deserves re-election.
The Chairman of the planning committee for the event, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, said, “The decision to receive our son, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, three years into office, is purely deliberate; we recognise that he is more the son of Delta State, the entire Delta State remains his constituency; his commitment to actualization of his campaign promises is resolute and irreversible”.