Anioma monarchs meet Urhobo monarchs over Okowa
By Jon Egie and Orevaoghene Eredoro
16 traditional rulers from the Anioma nation led by HRM Obi Solomon Chukwuka of Uteokpo visited the traditional rulers from Urhobo land on Wed. January 28, 2015 to discuss the way forward for the governorship election on Feb. 28 and to appeal to the 24 kings in Urhoboland to support the Peoples’ Democratic Party governorship candidate, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
Addressing the traditional rulers who gathered at the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli, in Ughelli, the Ovie of Ughelli HRM Oharisi 111 said, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa takes Urhobo sons as his children, therefore, Urhobo will take him as a son and will support him.
Speaking earlier, the Ovie of Uvwie HRM Ekemejwu Sideo, Abe I preached unity saying that, the traditional rulers have the responsibility of praying for all politicians and never taking side.
Also, speaking, the Ovie of Mosogar, HRM Samson Omene Udurhe I recalled Okowa’s meeting with them at Oghara, where Okowa was given a tremendous welcome and said because of Okowa’s credentials, he is qualified to govern Delta State and pledged to support Okowa.
The Owhoredo of Olomu, HRM Ogbon Oghoro I, prayed for all the traditional rulers in Delta state gathered, for God’s wisdom, good health and long life. In his prayer he said “we are here for Okowa who wants to be governor of the state, God give him good health, guide him and we pray that God will grant him his desire”.
Responding to the prayer, the leader of the Anioma delegates of traditional rulers, HRM, Obi Solomon Chukwuka said “Our joy knows no bound; we are happy and bolder that you have agreed to suppot our son”. He appreciated the rulers of Urhobo land on behalf of the kings of Delta North stating that “we greet you for accepting Okowa as your son” and urged the Urhobo monarchs to pass the message across to their subjects ahead of the Feb 28, election.
In an interview after the meeting, former deputy governor of the state, Chief B.S. Elue said now that PDP has thrown up “our son” to be the PDP governorship candidate, it is nice and proper that Okowa becomes the son of all the traditional rulers in the state. He said the royal fathers in Delta North thought it wise to help Okowa, to market him to the royal fathers of Delta Central and South.
Asked if the outcome of the meeting was absolutely a decider of the Feb 28, guber election, Chief Elue said emphatically that the meeting was not a decider of who will win the election, but can only add to the general feeling that the State government run by the PDP has done well and therefore must continue, hence the appeal to support Okowa.
He added that they ( Anioma monarchs and political leaders) came to the traditional rulers in Delta Central to discuss the need for everyone to vote for PDP in all elections come February.
Making a case for President Goodluck Jonathan, he said “we are part of the South- South, our son and leader Jonathan is running for second term and we are concerned about his election, therefore, we are soliciting 99.9 percent co-operation in the South- South and Delta State in particular.
“Therefore, this meeting is essentially for us to canvass for votes for all PDP candidates all through from Mr. President down to the last in the ladder” he further stated.