…My re-election will promote regional cooperation-Obaseki
By Festus Ahon
DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has told his counterpart, Governor Godwin Obaseki not to allow the lions and the tigers to torment the people of Edo state again, urging him to however show lots of magnanimity and grace.
Okowa who stated this when Governor Godwin Obaseki paid him a thank-you visit in Asaba,
expressed appreciation to God for the victory.
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The Governor said he was inspired to support Governor Godwin Obaseki because of his humility and the fact that he was being oppressed.
Okowa said: “I want to congratulate you once again and I feel very excited that you won the election because somebody wanted to play the role of God and it ought not to be so.
“I believe God did this in your life because you have proven to be a very humble man and people who boast too much don’t usually end well. I thank all our party members and the Edo people for their resilience in ensuring your re-election.
“Now that we are all in the same political party, it makes it easier for us to relate with ourselves in this region”, commending the Edo Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, for his loyalty and dedication.
While describing him as a “supportive, humble and reliable partner’’, Okowa said; “when you have such a humble and loyal deputy, governance becomes much easier.
“May God gives you the enabling grace to fulfil all your campaign promises; your people are expecting a lot from you because of their huge support and I pray that God assists you with more funds to provide for the needs of the people.
“I am glad that the election was peaceful and the results were accepted because even the opposition has congratulated you. This is the first time an opposition party is congratulating another party openly and we thank God for that”.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would pave the way for regional cooperation and development with all the Governors in the South-South belonging to one political party.
Obaseki reiterated that his re-election will pave way for integration and consolidation in the South-South region, saying that the support of Governor Okowa and Deltans had rekindled the spirit of the old Bendel.
The Governor who was accompanied by his wife, Betsy, Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and wife, members of the National Assembly from Edo and other top government functionaries, said the delegation was in Asaba to thank Okowa and Deltans for their support in his re-election
He said; “let me express my profound thanks and appreciation for receiving us. Our purpose of coming is to thank you for the support you gave to us in our re-election.
“The amount of sacrifice you made for us in terms of time and the emotional energy that you put in the election is worthy of appreciation.
“We know that part of your ancestry is Edo, but you went beyond that by adopting two local government areas and supported them to victory.
“We express our gratitude and let you know that by your action you have rekindled the spirit of Bendel.
“When I came to visit you last year after your re-election, I had no idea that I will find myself in the same party with you, but here I am, and I am happy because it is good for our regional cooperation.
“As Chairman of South-South Governors, you have provided strong leadership for the region and now that we have achieved political cooperation, we will now focus on the economic cooperation and development of the region.
“On behalf of all of us from Edo State, we thank you and let you know that we appreciate all you have done for us and it is our prayer that God will do for you more than you have done for us”.