As Nigerians put together for elections, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has known as for violent-free elections, saying politicians may interact in issue-based campaigns with out killing or maiming the electorates.
Governor Okowa made the decision today (18/02/19} when he paid a condolence go to to the household of his political aide, Mr Ngozi Ijei who was allegedly assassinated on the eve of the botched Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ekpan, Uvwie native authorities space of Delta State.
According to the governor, “the death of Ngozi Ijei was very unfortunate as he was slain and it was obvious that it was politically motivated.”
“In the last two years we had worked to have peace in the Ekpan area and he played a crucial role in the peace process, but, unfortunately, those who do not value life decided to strike and it is not the best thing to do for it pays us nothing for us to lose a life to win in an election,” the governor mentioned.
“We should continue to embrace peace as the election comes up because, going to the extent of using guns to get votes is not the best way for our country; I believe that it is important that all Nigerians should realize that getting votes can be achieved by what one has already done and the improvement that can be seen, not by violence.”
He urged the household of the deceased to take solace in the truth that nothing occurs with out the information of God.
“I do know that the lack of a pricey one may be very painful however, keep robust for the youngsters,” the governor instructed Mrs Veronica Ijei, spouse of the deceased who was crying all through the interval he spent with the household.
He continued, “depend upon God; I encourage you, keep robust for the sake of those kids and be prayerful; God will take management of each scenario; settle for our condolences and in the whole lot that you simply assume or do, you have to look as much as God.”
Governor Okowa who was in a pensive temper, wrote within the condolence register opened in reminiscence of the deceased, “on condolence go to to the household of late Mr Ngozi Ijei, my SA (Special Assistant) who was slain on Friday, February 15, 2019.”
“Ngozi was an architect of peace in the new Ekpan of our dream; he had worked largely with the security agencies in the last two years to make Ekpan peaceful; we will miss him dearly for his contributions. I condole with the young family, and it is our prayers that God will fill this gap and give them peace. Adieu Ngozi, may the Lord receive you in his bosom,” Governor Okowa who went on the condolence go to in firm of the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) within the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso and a chieftain of the celebration, Chief Nkem Okwuofu wrote.
Source: Etolor Anslem Tare
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