People’s Democratic Party [PDP] National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta State and other national and state party leaders last Saturday eulogised the sterling leadership qualities of former Governor James Ibori, describing him as a unifying figure and a blessing to the Niger Delta region.
The leaders who spoke at Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State during a grand reception in honour of Chief James Ibori described him as a unifying factor in the development of the Niger Delta region and Delta State in particular.
Prince Uche Secondus who eulogised Chief Ibori at the occasion said the PDP remains the only political party that can rescue Nigerians from the maladministration of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“Ibori must be celebrated because he is a man of the people not just in Delta state but across the nation, today, he is a factor in this country. On behalf of the masses of our country, we salute you, we salute your courage because you are a man who believes in the struggle of the party”, he said, adding:
“ You [Delta State] have a son that has built a political structure that is envied across the nation. Delta State remains the only state in the nation that has stability in political succession. It remains the only state where all the Governors that have ruled the state are still members of the PDP.” he added.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said Chief Ibori laid the foundation of development in the state and established a political structure which served as a bridge builder and development agent across the country.
He thanked the people of the state for their support and called for greater unity among Deltans and assured them of more democratic dividends.
Dr. Uduaghan on his part, called for an end to rumour mongering and sycophancy in the state.
Responding, Chief Ibori advised the political class especially those seeking political office not to heat up the polity emphasising that power belongs to God and only he can give power.
He said that he has forgiven all who played one role or the other in his incarceration.
The chief host of the reception, Chief John Oguma said Chief Ibori had impacted positively on the state and as a national leader stabilised the political terrain, adding that Governor Okowa had been endorsed for a second tenure in office.
In another development, the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus has challenged the All People’s Congress [APC] led Federal Government to show Nigerians evidence of its developmental impact on the country within the last three years.
Speaking when he commissioned the 8.4 kilomitres reconstructed Ughelli-Afiesere-Ofuoma, road project in Ughelli North local government , Prince Secondus said that the APC had not only failed to fulfill its campaign promises to Nigerians but had succeeded in inflicting untold hardship on the people because they took over power at the centre through deceit.
He urged APC Governors to emulate their PDP counterparts who are busy developing their states through grassroots oriented projects, emphasising that Deltans should intensify their support for Governor Okowa for more development projects.
The National Chairman empahasised that said Dr. Okowa has proven to be among the best Governors in the country through the execution of developmental projects with direct positive impact on the lives of the people and commended him for affecting positively the lives of Deltans through the construction and rehabilitation of roads across the state,
He pointed out that the only way to develop the Niger Delta region was through the construction of roads.
In his remarks, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said that the state government was linking up the entire state with the construction of roads which will have a multiplier effect on the economy and engender ethnic integration among groups in the state.
He stressed that government had impacted on the lives of Deltans through well mapped out policies and programmes particularly in the health and education sectors, assuring the people that government would remain committed to meeting the needs of the people.
The Chairman of Ughelli north local government area, Mr Godwin Adode in his welcome address thanked Governor Okowa for bringing succor to the people through the construction of the road.