Asagba, Anioma Media Hail Okowa
The Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien and a group of media professionals from Delta North have congratulated Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa on his emergence as the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next general election.
Prof. Edozien who is the chairman of Anioma Congress said the victory of Dr. Okowa in the December 8, 2014 governorship primary election was a vindication of the position earlier taken by the Philip Asiodu committee set up by the congress.
Prof. Edozien said Dr. Okowa is the peoples choice and urged all Deltans to support him in the governorship election scheduled to come up in February 21, 2015.
In a related development, Anioma Media Professionals, AMP) also extended its congratulations to Dr. Okowa and to all the ethnic nationalities in Delta State who voted for equity, justice and fairness.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of AMP, Mr. Ken Ugbechie, the group thanked delegates for upholding the principles of fairness, loyalty and disciplined adherence to the principles of the PDP which recognised the need to give every member of the party a sense of belonging. The group urged Dr. Okowa to carry all Deltans along in his pan Deltan vision.
It would be recalled that Okowa polled 406 votes to beat his closest rival, David Edevbie, who polled 299 votes during the primaries which threw up intrigues and political shenanigans.
The gubernatorial seat had been zoned to Delta North, but some elements in the party rallied to upend the zoning arrangement by backing David Edevbie, from Delta Central Senatorial District, barely 24 hours to the Primaries.
However, the pendulum swung in favour of Okowa as delegates from the three senatorial zones clung to the principle of zoning and roundly voted for Okowa representing Delta North. His emergence has paved the way for the emergence of a Delta North person as governor of Delta State.
“We are all for peace in Delta State and behind power shift to Delta North Senatorial District,” they said.
How They Polled:
Ifeanyi Okowa- 406 votes
David Edevbie -299 votes
Victor Ochei -185 votes
Ndudi Elumelu – 50
Godsday Orubebe – 49
Godwill Obielum – 22,
Sylvester Monye – 10
Ovie Omo Agege – 10
Sam Obi – 10 votes
Peter Okocha – 6 votes
Tony Obuh, 5 votes
Charles Emetulu – 4 votes
Kenneth Gbagi- 2 votes
Mike Uwaka – 1 vote