By Michael Odiah
Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has assured Governor Okowa of his vote and support in the 2019 general elections, saying, “I have only one vote, and I will cast it for you, my family and entire household will vote for you,” adding that, “God alone can give power to any single politician and I believe that God is with you, with the Anioma people and with Deltans in General”.
Chief Ibori gave this assurance on Saturday April 21, 2018 during the grand reception organized in honour of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa by Anioma Nation stressing that, “I have listened to the voice of the Anioma People and I am from a village called Oghara, I do know that it is impossible in a democratic milieu for every body to vote one way, but I can assure you that a great number will vote for you, and that I am also from a local government called Ethiope West in Delta Central; I can assure you of only minus 2 or 3 votes”.
Speaking further, Ibori said, “yes it is a different election and we will use our PVC to vote for you, and also I am a titled man in Urhobo land and also an Urhobo man, I believe that when it comes to the issue of politics and electioneering, my people will consult me because I have been in this business for a very long time. As you know in Delta central, we have resolved that we will not take the Anioma people for granted, because they are a peace loving people” adding that, “we will put our vote where our mouth is and I believe that people are ambitious but also everybody know the electoral map in the state and it is difficult to find that quaking issue that will shake the Governor and the political terrain in delta State.”
The former Governor thanked God for the state and the entire Anioma nation for deeming it fit to honour Governor Okowa.
Also speaking during the grand reception was the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, who urged Anioma nation to stick with Governor Okowa to the end, saying that, “we have a leader in person of Chief James Onanefe Ibori that has put down the foundation and as long as our leader dey; be rest assured that we are with you”.
While congratulating Okowa, Dr. Uduaghan said “we will continue to advice and support you from behind. No fear, we no go drag your office with you, we don do am commot; nah support be our own now”.