By Monday Osayande Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has come hard on politicians in the state for mounting pressure on him to name his successor ahead of 2023 governorship election.
According to him, “it is too early to drag me into 2023 governorship politics.
Okowa described as a nebulous thoughts for any reasonable politician to seek for power now ahead 2023.
“when my onerous task is to fast track the Stronger Delta Agenda, meant to consolidate on the gains of the Smart Agenda of the first term tenure.
“There are so many unconfirmed rumours making the rounds, especially on social media, and it is only fair to allow us settle down to deal with issues of core governance; because there are policies, programmes and socioeconomic action plans to be implemented as encapsulated in the Stronger Delta Agenda”, he stressed.
The governor, who declared this in Asaba on Tuesday through a statement by Executive Assistant on Communications, Mr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe said “One thing is sure, at the appropriate time we shall collectively as a people deal with the 2023 governorship politics without speculations”.
He added “in the spirit of give and take anchored on equity, and good conscience; devoid of divisive tactics in line with PDP’s internal party electioneering strategies, alignments, realignments and for the benefit of all Deltans”.
According to him, the Stronger Delta Agenda of this administration remained the main objective of government, adding that now that the Christmas and new year holidays are over; it is expected that the Stronger Delta Team under my supervision shall settle down for full scale business so as to drive the vision to fruition in years ahead.
Besides, those agitating for 2023 governorship slot should be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and of association, subject to responsible rules of engagement, cross fertilization of political ideas and in the best interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the power rotation internal agreement yet to be invalidated.