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Okowa celebrates ‘Political Father’, pays special tribute to James Ibori

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has felicitated with former Minister of Information and Chairman of the Delta State Advisory Council, Prof. Sam Ejite Oyovbaire as he turns 78 years on August 4.

In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba, Governor Okowa extolled the astute contributions of the renowned Professor of Political Science towards the realization of the SMART Agenda and Stronger Delta vision of his administration, as well as the development of Delta State and Nigeria in general.

He said he was grateful to God for giving him Prof. Oyovbaire as a “Political Father” and prayed God to grant him more wisdom as he continues to contribute to the upliftment of Delta State.

Okowa said, “On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I wish to congratulate my political father, a party stalwart and leader of inestimable value, Prof. (Chief) Sam Ejite Oyovbaire on the occasion of his 78th birth anniversary.”

He commended Prof. Oyovbaire for always making himself available to render service to the state and nation when called upon, and urged him to continue in that trajectory as he still had much to offer the people of Delta and Nigeria.

“Over the years, you have given yourself to the course of peace and development in Delta and Nigeria in general. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude.

“It is my pleasure to join your family, friends and well wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 78 years of a life of forthrightness, outstanding patriotism and service to humanity with which He has blessed you.”

Similarly, Governor Okowa has also sent warm felicitations to former Delta Governor, Chief James Ibori as he clocks 61 years on August 4.

Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba, extolled Chief Ibori for his outstanding contributions to the development of Delta and Nigeria.

While congratulating Ibori on his birth anniversary, the Governor lauded the enigmatic political prowess of his former boss, describing him as a political colossus, astute administrator and an enthusiastic leader of impeccable value.

He said: “My distinguished leader, it is to your credit and other great leaders that oil producing states of the Niger Delta are enjoying 13% Derivation today”

“Your indefatigable role as a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism unarguably puts you among true patriots and one of the strong pillars of Nigeria’s democracy.”

The Governor recalled with emotions some of the sacrifices made by Chief Ibori to deepen Nigeria’s democracy and thanked him immensely for his role in his re-election for a second term in office.

”He affirmed that Chief Ibori’s uncompromising “posture on the issues of injustice and good governance in Nigeria stand him out as a rare breed and one of the cornerstones of Nigeria’s democracy, especially with his track record of persistence, consistency and effective leadership.”

“As the father of modern Delta, the Governor commends the visionary and inclusive leadership style that the ‘Odidigboigbo’ as he is fondly called, provided for the people of Delta for eight years, laying the foundation for a modern state, and building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state,”

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, Gov. Okowa rejoices with family members, friends, political and business associates of Chief James Ibori on the occasion of his 61st birth anniversary,”

The Governor stated that the best years of Chief Ibori were still ahead, and prayed that “the Almighty God will grant him long life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the state and country he believes so much in”.

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