Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, as he clocks 63 on June 29.
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, described Nwaoboshi who chairs the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, as “a proud son of Delta and a fighter of the Anioma cause”.
He said that Nwaoboshi’s contributions to nation-building at the Red Chamber, the Niger Delta and Delta State, remained incontrovertible.
The governor noted that Nwaoboshi’s rise to fame was not surprising given his political pedigree and invaluable contributions in several capacities, which culminated in his serving as a two-time Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother, the distinguished Senator (Chief) Peter Onyelukachukwu Nwaoboshi, on the occasion of your 63rd birth anniversary.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health and imbue you with His continued guidance, protection and enduring provision for the service of the people of Anioma nation, Delta and Nigeria,” he said.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
Okowa congratulates Diri on Supreme Court victory
Okowa, in a statement on Tuesday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, said that by the judgment, the Supreme Court had put to rest all contending issues on the governorship election in Bayelsa.
He said that the verdict of the apex court on the pre-election matter had concluded the legal battle on the governor’s candidacy on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform for the Nov. 19, 2019 governorship poll in Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AO ex court dismissed the appeal filed by a governorship aspirant on the party’s platform, Chief Timi Alaibe, challenging the emergence of Diri as the candidate in the election.
NAN also reports that the court declined to delve into the matter, citing lack of jurisdiction, as the issue was an internal affair of the party.
Okowa pointed out that the victory was for all parties, urging Alaibe, to sheathe his sword, as the future was still bright for him.
He urged the Bayelsa governor to reach out to all concerned, in order to have an all-inclusive government.
“Bayelsans, their friends and neighbours waited with bated breath for this judgment.
“My dear brother governor, your long walk to victory must not be taken for granted.
“You must reward the state with open, transparent and purposeful leadership because the people of Bayelsa can’t settle for less.
“Let me also appeal to my good friend, Chief Timi Alaibe and all other contenders, to join hands with the governor to develop Bayelsa to truly be ‘the glory of all lands’.
“It is only when leaders work together with same goal in mind that the state can accelerate its development.
“This judgment brings to an end all contests for the office of Governor of Bayelsa and governance can’t be pigeon-holed if it has to address the good of the people,” he said.
The Delta governor said that the judgement of the apex court on the matter was a victory for the nation’s democracy and a reaffirmation of the supremacy of the party in handling its internal issues.
He commended the judges at the apex court for refusing to delve into the matter.
“The ruling of the Supreme Court will go a long way in restoring the hope and confidence of Nigerian people on the sanctity of the judiciary,” Okowa said. .
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Gov. Okowa, family test negative for Coronavirus – Official
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, made this known in a statement in Asaba.
He said that the other members of the First Family also tested negative to the virus.
The spokesman noted that the governor and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 on July 1 and had gone into isolation for necessary treatment.
Ifeajika stated that their daughter had tested positive for the virus a few days earlier, thereby causing the entire family to proceed on isolation.
On recovery, the governor gave God all the glory and praise and expressed appreciation to all Deltans and other Nigerians, who interceded for the family in prayers.
Okowa had appealed to all residents in the state to obey all instructions and regulations targeted at combating and stemming the transmission of COVID-19 in the state.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Okowa congratulates Gov. Emmanuel at 54
He commended the Akwa Ibom governor for his industrialisation agenda of the state, describing him as a core professional and indefatigable administrator.
He hailed Emmanuel for his visionary and pragmatic governance, which had lifted many Akwa Ibom sons and daughters from poverty, especially through job and wealth creation and presence of industries, which he attracted to the state.
Okowa said that it was heart-warming to note that the governor had through dint of hard work, discipline and masterfully-conceived vision won the admiration and respect of Akwa-Ibom people and the nation.
“Your focus and commitment to the industrialisation and development of your state has been roundly acknowledged.
“I must thank the peace-loving people of the state for their cooperation with your administration in the last five years.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I heartily rejoice with an outstanding professional, seasoned administrator and my brother governor, His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, as he turns 54 years.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to protect you and grant you good health to render more services to mankind,” the governor said. .
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
PDP hails Okowa at 61
The party’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan described Okowa as an outstanding patriot and excellent administrator, who had dedicated his time, energy, resources and intellect toward the development and well-being of not only his state but also the Niger Delta region and the nation at large.
“Okowa is a serious minded, down-to-earth and people-oriented leader, whose selfless service to the people, as a medical doctor, senator of the Federal Republic and now, the executive governor of Delta, has brought pride to our great party, the PDP and the nation in general.
“Our party also notes with pride the achievements of Okowa with the massive infrastructural and human capital development in critical sectors of life across the three senatorial districts of the state, in line with the manifesto of the PDP and the vision of our founding fathers.”
Ologbondiyan applauded Okowa for his efforts toward the development and stability of the PDP at all levels, particularly during the party’s trying time.
“We, therefore, join millions of Nigerians in felicitating with Okowa and praying that the Almighty God grant him good health at this critical time in his life.
“We also pray God to imbue him with strength and courage, as he continues in his service to his state and the nation at large,” he said.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Delta Assembly prays for speedy recovery of Gov Okowa’s family
Okowa’s wife, Edith and daughter were recently reported to have tested positive to the Coronavirus and had been on self isolation, after the report of their daughter testing positive was made public
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Asaba, said that the leadership and members of the Assembly fully identified with the governor, his wife and daughter in prayers in this trying moment.
He commended the governor for the courage displayed in telling Deltans that his daughter tested positive for COVID-19 was exemplary, adding that a few days later he also announced that he and his wife were going on self-isolation.
According to him, when the governor’s wife tested positive, he also did not hesitate to break the news to the public.
” I must commend the strength of character, integrity and honour of the governor I’m embracing the full disclosure option and we pray that God would allow His divine healing hand rest upon the first family of the state.
”We will continue to pray for the quick recovery of the governor’s wife and daughter, as well as all others, who had contracted the virus.
”I urged Deltans to observe the health safety protocols put in place by the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant health authorities, ” he said.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: Physically challenged persons pray for Gov. Okowa, others
The Ika South Chapter of Members of Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities (MJNAPLD), on Thursday in Abavo Delta, held intercessory prayers for the family of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mr John Paul, the Ika South Local Government Area chapter Chairman told newsmen that the prayer had become necessary to invite God into the matter.
According to him, it is heartbreaking news that even the daughter of the governor tested positive for COVID-19 alongside other officials of the government.
He said that the prayer was for the quick recovery of the affected persons, who they described as good leaders.
He explained that as persons with disabilities, they believe that God can heal every sickness.
“We do not have anything to give to our amiable governor, the SSG and the Commissioner for Information, than to offer our prayers to God on their behalf.
“They deserve our prayers because they are good leaders that have shown us love and care.
‘ ‘We have prayed and declared that by His mercies, our affected leaders among other COVID-19 patients in Anioma, Delta State, Nigeria and the world at large, are healed,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chairman used the medium to encourage citizens to adhere to the NCDC and state government’s directives against the spread of the virus.
The prayers, which were conducted by Prophet Joseph Igbodo of the Divine Faith Deliverance Mission International, Agbor, declared God’s healing upon them.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: Delta PDP empathises with Okowa, family
The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, on Wednesday expressed its solid support for the governor and his family at this trying time.
The party urged him to be firm in faith and strong in the conviction that this is a situation that would soon pass.
“Your Excellency, the Delta PDP family wish you, your dear wife and members of your family presently inconvenienced by this unwanted situation, a speedy recovery.
“COVID-19, like you have told Deltans, is not in any way a death sentence and your inspirational leadership, as well as proactive management of this pandemic, has further strengthened our belief that you and your family will all come out stronger and healthier.
“We commended your Excellency for the sincerity, honesty and the transparency you have continually exhibited, especially as it concerns your family since the outbreak of this pandemic.
“We join our prayers with those of your well-wishers all over the world, that the good Lord will touch you and your family with His Divine healing at this time,’’ the party prayed.
It called on Deltans to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 preventive measures put in place by the NCDC, the Federal and Delta Ministries of Health amid rising positive cases of the pandemic in the state.
“It is now obvious to all that COVID-19 is real.’’
The party wished the governor and his wife, speedy recovery and prayed that God blesses and keeps them safe.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Gov. Okowa, wife test positive for COVID-19
Ifeajika, who made the disclosure in a statement in Asaba on Wednesday, said that the development was sequel to the tests conducted on the governor and his wife after a few days of self-isolation.
It would be recalled that the governor and his wife had earlier proceeded on self-isolation after their daughter tested positive for the virus last week.
According to him, the two heads of the First Family in the state are stable and have begun necessary treatment and further isolation.
Meanwhile, the governor has thanked the people of Delta for their prayers for his family, and called for continued supplications for all patients undergoing treatment for the pandemic.
Okowa gave the assurance that his administration would not relent in its efforts at combating the virus in the state.
He urged the public to support the state government in that regard by complying with prescribed protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“COVID-19 is real. The rate is increasing in our state and the virus is taking the lives of some of our people.
“I, therefore, again call on every Deltan to observe the protocols on the virus while in public, to curb further spread of the virus, especially in the communities,” he said.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Gov. Okowa congratulates Obaseki at 63
The governor’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Warri.
Okowa said that Gov. Obaseki deserved to be celebrated for providing purposeful, courageous and result-oriented leadership for Edo people in nearly four years.
He commended Obaseki’s ingenuity and untiring spirit in stimulating the industrialisation of Edo and making life easier for the people through investments, including the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project (IPP), a 450MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station.
Okowa also eulogised the Edo governor for his patriotic and unrelenting service to his state and the nation, and prayed to God to grant him long life, good health and wisdom in the service of Edo people and Nigeria.
“It is heart-warming to note that you have, through dint of hard work, discipline and vision to industrialise Edo, won the admiration and respect of your people and the nation at large.
“Your focus and commitment to reforms in governance and your ability to attract investors into your state are remarkable and worthy of commendation.
“No doubt, the people of Edo will, in September, reciprocate your giant strides in the last four years by returning you and your deputy for another term in office to guarantee a brighter future ahead of them.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I heartily rejoice with my brother governor, a reputable politician, outstanding professional, seasoned administrator, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on his 63rd birth anniversary.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to protect you and grant you good health to render more services to mankind,” Okowa prayed.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
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