Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Traditional rulers in Delta state have congratulated Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his re-election with the governor attributing the success story of his administration to the peace reigning in the various communities in the state that has provided the enabling environment for his administration to deliver democratic dividends to the people.
Gov. Okowa received the traditional rulers led by the Chairman, Delta state Traditional Rulers Council, the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efeizomor II at Government House, Asaba at the weekend.
The governor while thanking the traditional rulers for coming to congratulate him, attributed his victory at the polls to the traditional rulers who created the enabling environment in their kingdoms for his administration to execute projects that endeared him to the hearts of Deltans.
“I appreciate you, our traditional rulers for this visit, I thank you for your support for my administration; you have given us peace and the enabling environment which made us to work; your positive message to your people over the years made victory at the elections easy and made the elections peaceful as the people came out with the sole purpose of voting for us,” the governor said.
He emphasized that “the support you have given us these past years was the push that made a lot of Deltans to come out and vote. I appreciate you, it is a thing of joy that the state was peaceful before the elections and when the results were announced, they took to the streets to celebrate our victory.
“Some are still organizing thanksgiving and it gladdens my heart more that the state is very peaceful after the elections.
I want to assure you and all Deltans that as a government, we will remain focused to deliver more dividends of democracy in the next four years starting from May 29.”
The governor also addressed some of the issues raised by the traditional rulers, stating that “nobody has the right to appoint himself as a traditional ruler; you cannot be a traditional ruler over a kingdom that does not exist.
“I will not support illegality, there is a process of creating kingdoms and emergence of traditional rulers.”
He called for the support of the traditional rulers as his administration moves to make the state stronger and exemplary in the next four years.
Earlier, Obi Efeizomor II had told the governor that they were in Asaba to congratulate him on his victory at the polls and prayed for him to take Delta state to the desired height