By Onome Oghenetega
A former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori on Monday said the victory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the election represents a vote for greater peace and unity of the state.
Ibori particularly congratulated Deltans for choosing peace and unity by re-electing Okowa for a second term.
He stated this in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, adding that the people of the state have spoken with one voice and supported the good work of the PDP-led government in the state.
Ibori said, “This victory belongs to the good people of Delta state, not to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alone, because the entire state voted massively to re-elect Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who defeated his opponent convincingly. I cherish this unity of purpose.
“The people of Delta chose fairness, equity, peace and unity instead of discord, disharmony and rancour. This wise choice has saved Delta from the conflict and internal contention that has wracked many states in Nigeria”.
He stated that he was absolutely sure that Okowa will continue his good work, and remain committed to the entire state as one constituency because his victory was made possible by all Deltans from the lush and fertile upland areas to the creeks and mangrove swamps of the oil-bearing low lands.
“Now that the elections are over, Delta state needs to move on with its normal developmental strides on all fronts; industries, education, road construction or sports, and continue with its normal role; showing the rest of the country the way to follow.
“Therefore, I appeal to all Deltans to join hands with Governor Okowa to advance Delta State, Nigeria’s ‘Big Heart’”, the former governor added.