Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has begged anyone aspiring to be governor in 2023 to ignore anger and bitterness and focus on politics with decency and decorum.
He revealed this during a grand reception and award of excellence organized by the State Council of Traditional Rulers in his honour, his Deputy and former Governor James Ibori.
He also urged politicians to not trample on traditional rulers in their respective kingdoms.
His words, “In the next few months, there will be all manner of politicking, I am seeing the signs already. But we must show respect and love for each other as we go about politicking, we must do it with decency.
“We must look into the future with decorum. All anger and bitterness must be put aside. We can actually politick as friends realising that only God gives power”.
Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (born 8 July 1959) is a Nigerian politician who is the incumbent Governor of Delta State. He was inaugurated as a governor on 29 May 2015 after winning the state elections conducted in April 2015. Before his governorship, he was elected senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He is an Ika from Owa-Alero in Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the first person from Anioma to clinch the governorship position of Delta State. He was re-elected as the governor of Delta State on May 29, 2019.
Okowa was born at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended Edo College, Benin City (1970–1976), then went on to the University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1981 with an MBBS degree. After leaving the National Youth Service Corps, he worked with the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer. He entered private practice as Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke in 1986.
Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991–1993). He was Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in Governor James Ibori’s campaign in 1998/1999. He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State government for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 – April 2001), Water Resources Development (April 2001 – May 2003) and Health (September 2003 – October 2006).
He was honoured as Man of the year 2017 by the Independent Newspaper at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.
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