If the feelers reaching whistle blowers is anything to hold onto, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor’s kinsmen, may have turned their back on their son’s return to government house come 2019.
Impeccable information reaching our news desk had it that recently a delegation of Anioma leaders who were on a solidarity visit to former governor of the state, Mr. James Onanefe Ibori at Oghara, pleaded with the former governor to use his political contacts in assisting them to realise their long dream of having the much talked about Anioma state.
It was gathered that the Anioma delegation informed Ibori of their desire to have the Anioma State rather than the recent endorsement of their son for a second term.
The Anioma delegation under the umbrella of Izu-Anioma, led by Okowa’s monarch, the Obi of Owa, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Emmanuel Efeizemor II, after appreciating former governor Ibori for all the support to their son, the monarch quickly added that their most current pressing need now was nothing more than the creation of Anioma state.
The monarch appealed to Ibori to as a matter of importance throw his political weights behind them and use his contacts to push for the creation of Anioma State from the present Delta State, rather than the endorsement of the incumbent governor for a second term, adding that the district has all it takes to have their own state.
Their decision not to emphasise or request for the second term bid of Governor Okowa may not be unconnected with his woeful performance as the state governor. It was gathered that the Aniomas are very disappointed in their son’s performance and are ready to support any viable candidate that can move the state forward either from Apc or PDP.
In a speech presented on behalf of the delegation by a former Federal Permanent Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Okafor told Ibori that the Anioma people were not interested in the governorship position, saying all they wanted at this point was to see their own state created from the present Delta State.