- Governor Okowa of Delta state has reacted to his electoral victory at the Supreme Court
- The governor called on Deltans to be united following the apex court verdict
- He also reiterated his call for opposition leaders to join him the task of building a stronger Delta
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Deltans to be more united following the re-affirmation of his victory at the polls by the Supreme Court which declared him as the duly elected governor of the state.
The governor made the call on Wednesday, January 8 in the evening at a thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chaplaincy, Asaba to celebrate the Supreme Court verdict.
His words: “I want to thank Deltans for all your prayers and support and as we move forward, it is time to work for the good of the state; I cannot do it alone; as a government, we require the cooperation of all; it is time for us to partner together; it is time to forget the bitterness.
“I will use this opportunity to call on my opponent, Chief Great Ogboru for him to realize that it is time for him to work together with the state government to build our state.
“I believe that truly everyone can make his contributions and impact whether he is in office or not as it is truly time for us to be united as it is in the best interest of the state to work together and continue to pray for God’s strength to move this state forward.
“God took us through the elections, through the tribunal, Appeal Court and now, the Supreme Court and in each of the victories, we have always returned thanks to God because He alone has made it possible; we trusted in God and He has seen us through and today we have victory.
“This victory is dedicated to God because God willed it to be, to settle the state and to ensure that there is peace; to bring oneness among us because without peace and without oneness, we can not move forward as a people.”
Speaking on the 2023 elections, he said this is the time as a government to work for the people; “when the time to play politics comes we will play politics.”
The Supreme Court had earlier on Wednesday, January 8, reaffirmed the March 9, 2019, election victory of Governor Okowa.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the court held that the appellant, Mr Great Ogboru of All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to prove his allegations of over-voting at the polls.
The judgement which was concurred to by six other justices of the court held that the appeal lacked merit said it was a waste of the precious time of the apex court.
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