- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a man of unquestionable integrity
- The PDP presidential candidate made the comment at the recently held 2018 Silverbird Awards in Lagos
- Governor Okowa won the "2018 Silverbird Man Of The Year Award" at the event
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a man of unquestionable integrity.
Atiku made the comment on Sunday, February 3 in Lagos at the 2018 Silverbird Awards where the governor won the "2018 Silverbird Man Of The Year Award."
The governor was personally presented with the award by Atiku who hailed the governor for his performances in office and his antecedents as a politician.
Atiku said: “You have done very well for your state and our country; I have visited Delta state severally since you became governor and I am amazed with the projects I have seen in Delta, I want to commend you.
“My national chairman (Uche Secondus) is a product of one of the most credible primaries you conducted and even the presidential primaries which you conducted - based on your credibility, has been adjudged the most transparent and credible election in recent times.
“All the aspirants in the presidential primaries accepted the result; when it comes to your personal integrity, nobody can question you.”
Responding, Governor Okowa said: “First, I must give thanks to God who gave me life and I want to thank all Deltans who supported me and made my administration to succeed.
“I knew the best politics is to connect with the people and through partnership with Deltans we are working, we are able to build the peace and today, Delta state is the highest in oil production because, our people are peaceful."
“We are building roads, we are building schools, our health insurance policy is on but, beyond these, the greatest of them all is the peace we have achieved,.
“I want to appreciate Silverbird Group for this award and commend our people in Delta state, the legislature and the judiciary for the support which has made us to achieve results.”
The governor used the opportunity to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise a credible and acceptable general elections to make the country more united, peaceful, respected in the comity of nations and give a boost to the economy.
Chief Executive Officer of Silverbird Group, organisers of the award ceremony, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce described Governor Okowa as a thorough man who has made the world to know that credible elections can be organised in Nigeria through the transparent and credible organisation of the PDP convention of which he was the chairman of the organising committee.
“We must be just and fair to each other and always remember that when you are in position of authority or power, know that the position will not last forever but, the legacy will last forever,” he said.
Governor Okowa recently urged Nigerians to elect capable people into office in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The governor made the comment after he was endorsed for second term in office by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Saturday, February 2, at a rally in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
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