By Perez Brisibe
A former Minister for Information, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, has commended the Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for the prevailing peace in the state compared to the level of insecurity in Kaduna state describing the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El’Rufai as a “disaster to Kaduna state.”
Prof Oyovbaire who is also the chairman, Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council, also came hard on critics of Governor Okowa who accused him of governing the state with ethnic sentiments, saying, “It is unfortunate that people think Dr. Okowa runs the state with undue ethnic sentiments.”
Speaking to Vanguard on the outcome of the 2019 president elections in the state, he said: “Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has done well by going to the tribunal and a good number of knowledgeable minds have been assembled and they will comb every area where these elections took place.
“The little I now know today is that he has in his possession, very strong evidence and at a general level, allow him to test the process and am glad that he has beaten the deadline in approaching the tribunal and a lot will be revealed in the process.”
On the prevailing peace in the state, Oyovbiare said: “Look at what is happening in Kaduna state, I spent 14years in Zaria and I used to love a particular place in Kaduna because of its beautiful landscape and I used to say if I had my choice to choose where I would like to stay, I would move to that area.
“But God forbid, if I had moved, I probably would have been dead by now, and that is the kind of situation today as it gradually became worse under a young man, with due respect to El’Rufai. Under your watch, how can you catapult a state into virtually a disaster? From this angle of discussion, El’Rufai is a disaster.
So, coming back home, in Delta state, we have this peaceful arena under Okowa and people use to appreciate it and we thank God that all the predictions and hype particularly done by our young friend, Adams Oshiomhole who suddenly found himself so important at the national scene, collapsed completely and we thank God for the state.”