FORMER Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has endorsed the current governor of the State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for a second tenure in office, and called on Deltans to support him to enable him complete his transformation agenda for the state.
Chief Ibori made the endorsement at a reception ceremony hosted by Mr Mike Diden, the member representing Warri North in the Delta State House of Assembly and friends under the platform of Delta Political Vanguard in Oghara, Delta State at the weekend.
Ibori said, although he was still sleeping and resting, he said, “I have a right to ask my people to support his administration until 2023 to be able to complete his agenda for Delta State”.
Speaking in Pidgin English, he said, “it is true that I am still sleeping and resting and it is not time for me to start politics. I am very grateful for the way you leave what you are doing at home to come and welcome me. After I have rested, I will start to make comments and you people will hear what I have to say.
“As a father, when a child shows you his report card that he passed his examination, you will clap for him. As a leader, when you see what is good, you applaud it.
“Governor Okowa is laying a foundation for the development of Delta State and four years will not be enough and he will need another four years to continue to do this.
“I support his agenda and I will back up whatever I say. When he finished, we shall continue from there”, the former governor further stated.
He urged all Deltans to be united and stay together, saying they should maintain the peace in their respective domains particularly in the riverine areas as Okowa need a peaceful atmosphere to perform.
“You gave him the mandate; you should support him to actualize this mandate.
“We should continue to reposition our state as a strategic state in Nigeria.
“Be loyal to your governor, be loyal to your state,” he said.
Earlier, the leader of the Delta Political Vanguard, Mr Mike Diden told newsmen that the event was organized to welcome home the former governor, adding that wherever he wants them go, there they will go.