ASABA/Nigeria: The remarkable achievements of the Okowa administration in good governance has been traced to the leadership synergy of two goal oriented brothers and political associates; Chief James Ibori and incumbent governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
The assertion was made by the immediate past Executive Assistant to Delta State Governor on Communications, Dr Barrister Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, while responding to questions during a phone-in radio program where his views were sort on the cordiality of the two Delta foremost leaders.
Oghenesivbe noted that Deltans trusted and still appreciate the synergy of both leaders especially in sustaining progressive political structures and pointing the way forward in institutionalizing the fundamentals of good governance through credible choice of leaders.
He observed that the enviable and watertight relationship between the governor and Chief Ibori has grown stronger in terms of mutual political cross fertilization of socioeconomic ideas, moderation and restructuring of political structures, strategic team work in peace building, positive external political relations and steady partnership in advancing the prosperity, progress and unity of the good people of Delta State.
He further asserted that both leaders are always on the same page on issues relating to the overall development of the state; which is why the Okowa administration has been adjudged the best in mutual consultation, all inclusiveness and holistically pragmatic in modern public administration techniques and good governance initiative.
Okowa’s pioneer EA Communications is of the view that governors and past governors of other states across Nigeria, must of a necessity emulate Gov Okowa and Chief Ibori’s leadership synergy as a panacea to consistent leadership cracks as can be seen from the Oshiomole-Obaseki and Tinubu-Ambode experiences in recent times.
Oghenesivbe, a Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA) said reasonable development cannot take place in a situation where past and incumbent governors are at war, adding that Delta State has been and still blessed with leaders who reason and work together from one administration to another, for the progress, peace and prosperity of all Deltans, as initiated by Chief James Ibori.
“We are blessed in Delta State, the finger of God directs our affairs and this unending love of Christ in Delta through the fervent prayers of Saints has made it possible for our past leaders to work in synergy for the good of all.
“Gov Okowa and Chief Ibori have certain leadership attributes which over the years grew into a strong bond; they a promise keepers, they adhere to and practice the principles of equity, justice and good conscience.
“The two astute leaders are proactive in dealing with issues of governance, jointly built political structures with other senatorial leaders that have consistently stood the test of time, and above all, both are committed to the socioeconomic and prosperity advancement of the state and citizens.
“The two leaders worked together directly and indirectly during the first tenure to ensure that the lofty development ideas encapsulated in the SMART agenda of the first tenure came to fruition. We are sure of a stronger and more result oriented synergy between the duo in the second tenure and beyond.
“Deltans love Okowa and Ibori partnership because of its numerous socioeconomic gains in terms of relevance of Delta in national politics, peace building, equitable distribution of dividends of democracy, crisis resolution, political alignment and realignment, passion for the huge success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls and other positive factors too numerous to mention here,” Oghenesivbe said.