By Onome Oghenetega
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Wednesday alongside his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro received their Certificates of Return following their re-election victory in the March 9 Governorship Election in the state.
Also presented with Certificate of Return is the Speaker of the Delta State House Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori and Hon. Reuben Izeze, who were re-elected to represent Okpe and Ughelli South Constituencies.
Other elected members on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also received their certificates. However, Certificates of Return for four members-elected were withheld by the INEC.
They were presented with their Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s commissioner in charge of Delta,
Cross River and Akwa-Ibom states, Mohammed Lecky, at the INEC office in Asaba.
Speaking immediately he was presented with the certificate, Governor Okowa, flanked by his wife and his deputy, Otuaro, promised to run a government that would be accountable to the people of the state.
He thanked the people of the state for renewing his mandate, describing the election of March 9 as peaceful, and commended INEC for delivering on its promise to conduct free, fair and credible polls in the state.
The governor, who regretted the loss of four lives in Delta central during the general elections, urged the electoral umpire to ensure that elections are conducted in a manner that it would bring pride to Nigeria world over.
Okowa, while soliciting the continued partnership with Deltans, added that he had a successful first tenure because of the collaboration and participation of the people in his administration.
“We want to re-assure that we will be doing more for the state. We call on all because it requires the participation of the people. We will continue to connect with the people through town hall meetings and other avenues. I appeal for all to cooperate with us in the next four years.
“We cannot do the job alone. With collaborative efforts, partnership, the job will be easier and to the satisfaction of all. In the next four years, we will do much more than we have done in the last four years.
“In 2023, people will judge us based on our performance and we are committed to being accountable to God and our people”, Governor Okowa stated.