It is the mandate of the Delta State electorates and not anyone else, not even Governor Ifeanyi Okowa that will decide who takes over as governor on May 29, 2023.
This declaration was made by the Director of Communications, Tony Amechi Foundation (TAF), Sharon Isaalah.
Sharon Isaalah’s declaration is coming on the heels of statement credited to Governor Okowa, to the effect that he would not hand-over Delta to anyone who does not believe in equity, fairness and justice.
The Foundation noted that the 2023 gubernatorial election in Delta State will mark the end of Okowa’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that the people will ensure the umbrella party is not only voted out but will be swept off using the broom of the APC.
She said, “Never have Deltans witnessed the kind of tribalism in government as being witnessed under Governor Okowa where numerous infrastructures are sited in Owa-Alero, his village at the detriment of other tribes in the heterogeneous state.”
Isaalah said that Governor Okowa can never decide who rules the state, noting that democratic power and not political gerrymandering resides in the people and that, at the right time the governor will feel the heat of dividing Delta State along clannish lines.
She alleged that Governor Okowa does not see the state beyond Owa-Alero, his community, where most of his political appointees hail from.
Nigerdeltaconnect had reported earlier that after Okowa’s comments, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had come down hard on the governor, cautioning him that it is Deltans and not any single person that will determine who takes over from him (Okowa).
She further said that “Okowa has insulted the people of Ndoka nation and Delta State in general enough; he has deceived us enough and he cannot determine who the next governor will be because the state is not his exclusive preserve”.
“We are watching developments as they unfold in the state, particularly the swinging of the political pendulum as we drive the process of freeing the state from the hands of the one who doesn’t believe in the betterment of the people. How do you, in 2021, talk about 2023, are you God?”, she asked, rather rhetorically.