…”I’ll do more for Ijaw in 2nd tenure—Okowa
By Etop Ekanem
Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro, has said Almighty God preserved elder statesman, South-South Leader and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for more than “the strategic role he played” in the re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who promised Ijaw a better deal.
Otuaro spoke at Kiagbodo country home of Chief Clark, who hosted Mr J.T. Government-led Delta Ijaw Political Assembly, DIPA, to honour Okowa and Otuaro for their re-election and all PDP candidates in the just-concluded polls.
At the ceremony preceded by a thanksgiving service at same venue attended by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Governor Okowa said Ijaw nation alone contributed more than 25 per cent of votes to his resounding victory at the 2019 gubernatorial polls.
“This electoral gesture will not be forgotten, Ijaw will not be neglected. My administration has constructed roads in riverine areas. What we did in the Ijaw areas is small to what we will see towards 2023. This is what Governor Okowa asked me to tell you.” said Tam Brisibe, Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba, who represented Governor Okowa.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Dickson, who was represented by Godknows Igali, charged Ijaw political office holders to work closely with Okowa/Otuaro to raise Ijaw developmental tempo.
Chief Clark who prayed God to strengthen Okowa and his deputy, said he was happy the Ijaw nation in Delta State was on the path of political growth, stressing: “We now have Ijaw as deputy governor and a House of Assembly member from Warri axis where a councillorship was once difficult to get.”
Otuaro, who chairs Board of Trustees of DIPA said Pa Clark revealed to him that “he (Pa Clark) appreciates that God has kept him alive because he still has strategic role to play on the national space, South-South region and for our dear Ijaw nation.
“In apparent deference to the divine assignment, Clark played a strategic role in the re-election of the Okowa/Otuaro gubernatorial ticket. The focus of DIPA, is to consolidate on the gains of the Okowa-led administration and project the Ijaw political future. We thank all, especially Pa Clark for his support and wisdom.
“Our celebration today is occasioned by our collective commitment to the DIPA objective we set for ourselves. As Ijaws, we resolved and spoke in one voice as evident in the votes we churned out in the Warri North, Warri South, Warri South-West, Bomadi, Burutu and Patani local areas.”, he added.