Igbo indigenes residing in Asaba and environs have endorsed the Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governorship flag bearer, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the next governor of Delta State and thrown their weight behind all the PDP candidates contesting for the various elective positions in the State in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
The endorsement was made at a well attended inaugural meeting of Nzuko Owuwanyanwu, a pan Igbo umbrella group, comprising all Igbo indigenes and collectives residing and operating within and around Asaba, including communities like Akuebulu, Okwe, Umuda and Achalla Ibusa, amongst others.
In his opening remarks, the convener of the meeting, which held at Lone Palm Hotel, Asaba, and one time Ag. Local Government Chairman, Oshimili South LGA, Comrade Chienedu Okafor, told his kinsmen that Igbos have not only settled and found a home in Asaba, where they have been embraced and accommodated with shared brotherly ethnic acceptance, they have also prospered in their various endeavours and lived in peace and harmony in their various communities, without harassment and molestation.
Comrade Okafor, popularly known as C-C further noted that the Igbos in Asaba have always supported the Peoples Democratic Party, since the inception of democracy in 1999 and now that the PDP has picked an Anioma man, in the person of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, as its Delta state governorship candidate, they now have a candidate they can call their own and the decision to support him was already a foregone conclusion.
He told the meeting that, having benefited tremendously from previous PDP administrations in Delta State, over the years, the same endorsement which the Igbos in Asaba have been given to Senator Okowa as Governor should equally be extended to all other PDP candidates; Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, (Delta North Senatorial candidate), Hon. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor (Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency), Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya (Oshimili South constituency) and President Goodluck Jonathan for his re-election, in the forthcoming elections, as a show of appreciation and solidarity to the PDP.
In the same vein, various speakers, including Chief PC Okeke, Pastor Ekene Okoli, Chief Charles Okoye, Chief CY Nzeakor, Chief Geofrey Umemmaduka (Aquila), Chief Emeka Agbawo, Comrade Obumneme Ike, Comrade Steve Udemba (Obiadada), Comrade Ozor and Mrs Comfort Ude, all extolled the virtues of Senator Okowa, highlighted his wonderful humanitarian efforts in providing welfare and infrastructural amenities to them at their time of need in their various areas and affirmed that they will surely enjoy more dividends of democracy when he becomes the governor of Delta State, having done so much for them as Senator.
Highpoint of the meeting was the presentation of the motion to endorse Senator Okowa and all the other PDP candidates, as well as, President Goodluck Jonathan, which was moved by Chief PC Okeke and supported by Chief Charles Okoye to the loud ovation and acceptance of all the members of Nzuko Owuwanyanwu at the highly successful meeting.