*** As Okowa’s Aide, Commissioner Walk Out Of Meeting In Annoyance
The second term bid of governor Ifeanyi Okowa may have been abandoned as the people of Anioma, Delta North Senatorial District on Friday during a solidarity visit to ex-convict former governor of Delta state, Mr. James Onanefe Ibor at Oghara, begged him to use his all political contacts in assisting them to realise their long dream of having Anioma state.
According to the delegation of Anioma, they preferred the creation of Anioma state, to Ibori’s recent endorsement of their son for a second term come 2019.
The Anioma delegation under the umbrella of Izu-Anioma, led by Okowa’s monarch, the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efeizemor, thanked former governor Ibori for all the support to their son even as he 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 all 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.
Presenting a speech on behalf of the delegation, 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.
The speech which created a mild commotion as well as murmuring between state information commissioner, Mr. Patrick Ukah and some loyalists of Okowa forced the team leader, HRM Efeizemor, to plead for calm as most of the delegates were already itching for a walk out.
Still stunned by the speech, the Delta State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah who was also in the entourage and the Special Adviser to Okowa and former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Edwin Uzoh, walked out of the meeting with long faces and as that was not enough, Mr. Ukah went extra miles to seizing the video clip of the camera man filming the meeting.
Several attempt by Journalists to get a copy of the speech was blocked by the state Commission of Information, who insisted that the content of the speech was not part of their agenda for the visit to Ibori’s house.
In his remark, the ex-convict former Delta state governor, Mr. James Ibori, who commended the delegation for the visit and said their request was far beyond what he can handle, quickly added that when the time comes their plights shall be looked into.
HardReporters recalled that Ibori had at an event in his honour at Oghara endorsed governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term come 2019.
Speaking to HardReporters correspondent at Ibori’s country home, Oghara, the video cameraman simply called, Mitchell, accused the information commissioner, Mr. Ukah of intimidation and threats to destroy his video camera and went ahead to seizing his tape under duress.
Reacting, restless and confused commissioner of information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who was not coherent with words, swiftly denied seizing any tape from Mr. Mitchell.
HardReporters reliably gathered that, Mr. Ukah who has been so troubled over the whole issue, released some huge amount of money to some Journalists who were not present during the visit to write favourable stories from the visit. This medium further learnt that, the newly appointed Aide on social media to governor Okowa, who is known for blackmail and dirty jobs, Mr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe has been reaching out to Journalists who were present during the visit so as to compromise them to drop the story.