Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate in the governorship election, Dr. Oghenejodiakpo Obire have congratulated Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa on his electoral victory, saying building a stronger Delta state overrides personal or political affiliations.
Obire, who was at Government House, Asaba on Thursday to congratulate Gov. Okowa for his successful re-election at the polls, stated that “after elections, it is governance and peace is essential for development to take place.
“I came here to congratulate the governor personally because, the election was a tedious process and it is only good that we congratulate him for emerging victorious; if you contest in an election, you either win or you lose, but, as it concerns the governorship elections, we are all winners.
“We are ready to partner with the governor in whichever way he believes we should assist him. I as an individual will gladly assist him and I urge other gubernatorial candidates of other political parties to come out and congratulate Gov. Okowa for us to move on as a state because, no individual interest or political affiliation should be bigger than our collective interests as Deltans.”
Responding, Governor Okowa thanked Obire for the courtesy call, declaring that his administration is ready to partner with all Deltans to build a stronger Delta state.
“It is important that we run a state that will be in the best interest of our people, that is why we consult our people, we engage in town hall meetings because the over-riding objective of governance is meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people,” the governor said.
He reminded the other candidates that the governorship contest is over and it is now time to build on the existing peace in the state, partner with all stakeholders and consolidate on the achievements recorded so far.
Okowa therefore, appealed to all those who participated in the electoral process, but did not emerge victorious to partner with his administration in the development of the state.
“It’s time for reconciliation; we have to move forward together in the interest of the state. I therefore call all contestants to join hands with me to build our state, we will tap into the knowledge and ideas of Deltans to build a stronger, prosperous Delta state,” he added.