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“I Am From Delta State But Definitely An Igbo Man,” Governor Okowa Responds

Since the emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, there has been wave of debates and opinions to whether Governor Okowa is representing the Igbos or not. Okowa is from Ika North LGA in Delta State.

In an interview with Arise TV, Dr. Okowa stated “I am definitely an Igbo man, there is no doubt about that and I can’t be counted out. I am just a lucky person that is from South-South and I am also an Igbo man, I can fit into all the divide. But that does not stop the agitation (for South-East president) in the future.” Ohaneze Ndigbo has also hailed the choice of Okowa as vice presidential candidate of the PDP.

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization has showered the governor with praises, stating that “Okowa is an Igbo prodigy; an astute administrator, sagacious politician, brilliant physician, creative visionary, prudent resource manager, detribalised patriot, purveyor of morals and a poster personality.”

However, majority of Ika people belief they are deeply rooted to Bini Kingdom, with close geographical proximity to Benin City. When classified by tongue, the Anioma people who are direct neighbours to the Ikas are miles apart in dialect from the Ika people. While a wide percentage of Anioma people do not want to be called Igbos.

The statement signed by Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has watched with keen interest and admiration the phenomenal trajectory of an University of Ibadan trained medical doctor from the Secretary to Ika North East Local Government; Chairman, Ika North East Local Government; Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources; Commissioner for Water Resources Development; Commissioner for Health; Secretary to the Delta State Government; Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; ECOWAS Parliamentarian; Governor of Delta State and today the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Available records indicate that from birth, God endowed Okowa with a special grace. It is only grace that explains the mystery behind the profound achievements by a few in various areas of life which paradoxically present enormous challenges to many others. Perhaps, this explains why Okowa ennobled the various offices he held with remarkable skill, exceptional diligence, elegance and panache.

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