Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

By Eseoghene Emuke

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has reacted to the judgement of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed his re-election victory in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

Governor Okowa said while he is celebrating the sound judgement of the three-man tribunal which dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Chief Great Ogboru, he would continue with his building of a stronger Delta.

The three-man tribunal led by Justice Suleiman Belgore, while dismissing the petition filed by the APC candidate, described Ogboru’s attempt as “opportunistic and gold digging.”

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The governor who took to his verified Twitter handle to celebrate tribunal’s judgement said, “The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Asaba, has just upheld our victory in the March 9th election.

“As we celebrate this reiteration of our victory in the polls, we do so with the understanding that our work to build a #StrongerDelta must continue!”

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In a similar reaction, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, congratulated Governor Okowa for the tribunal victory, adding that the tribunal judgement is in line with decision of Deltans who overwhelmingly voted for the governor.

The speaker in a statement on Friday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Dennis Otu, said the judgement did not come as a surprise to him.

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Oborevwori said, “First and foremost, I  want to congratulate our dynamic Governor on his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as this judgement did not come to me as a  surprise because he  won the   Governorship election convincingly and today the governor has been vindicated by the election petition  tribunal.

“I have confidence in our judiciary as it remains the last hope of the common man and today the election petition tribunal has spoken loud and clear on the 2019 Governorship election in Delta State. This is a sweet victory for democracy and we give the Glory to our Almighty God”. 

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While congratulating Deltans on the election petition tribunal victory, Oborevwori called   on all Deltans to continue to support the policies and programmes of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in order to build a ‘stronger Delta.’


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