Delta State Governor Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has advised his opponent from the Labour Party (LP), Great Ogboru and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun Emerhor, to apologize for taking him to court despite knowing they didn’t win the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in the state.
Okowa made the call during a thanksgiving service in Asaba to mark the decision of the Supreme Court, which upheld his election in a unanimous decision, Osun Defender learnt.
The governor described the appeal against him as an abuse of the court process.
Mr. Okowa in the company of his wife, the former Secretary to the State Government Ovuozourie Macaulay, and other top government functionaries dedicated his victory to God.
According to the Governor, Olorogun Emerhor and Chief Ogboru knew they did not win the elections, yet, they went to the Elections Petition Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and then, to the Supreme Court, subjecting Deltans and lovers of the state to uncertainties.
“It is time to forgive and move on. I also believe that my opponents, Olorogun O’tega and Chief Ogboru should apologise to all Deltans, because, they knew the people’s choice but, they just wanted to go through this legal process,” he said, reiterating, “I have forgiven them but, I think they need to apologise to Deltans because, they distracted the people.”
“We should forgive them, it is time to love ourselves, see ourselves as brothers and sisters fighting solely for the common good of our people; it is time for us to break away from the past, to begin a new partnership; it is time to have a collective approach to governance – community governance because, on our part, we promise to carry every one along in love and unity.”
“I have forgiven them but, I think they need to apologise to Deltans because, they distracted the people,” Mr. Okowa stated.