By Eguono Simeon Balogun
The Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has offered his support to the aspiration of a foremost aspirant of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta State House of Assembly in Uvwie constituency, Chief Francis Omochovwen Arhiyor over ambition to represent the good people of Uvwie.
Chief Ibori made the assertion in Oghara yesterday 8/3/2019 during a consultative visit on him by Chief Arhiyor and his entourage.
In his speech, Chief Arhiyor made allusions to the Urhobo proverb of the child without a father known as a wanderer and the child with a father must listen to the father’s voice. In his words, “I Chief Francis Omochovwen Arhiyor came to you today, my father, to intimate you of my ambition to represent the good people of Uvwie at the Delta State House of Assembly, Asaba. My agenda is serve the people through the provision of peoples’ oriented programmes by empowering the youths and women, provide scholarships to Uvwie students in tertiary institutions, serve as a link between the government and my people and attract more developmental projects to Uvwie. Sir, I need your wise counsel, support and prayers.”
Chief Ibori offered prayers of assurance and success with a colanut saying “Arhiyor, you have worked and it is your turn”.
Olorogun (Engr.) Ogheneovo Austin Atiti, SA to Gov Okowa on Special Duties thanked the Odidigborigbo of Africa, Chief Ibori for endorsing, pouring his blessings and support on Chief Arhiyor. He prayed for good health and long life for Chief Ibori.
It would be recalled that Chief Arhiyor who is the National President of the Urhobo Youth Leaders Association (UYLA), led members of the group to work tirelessly for all PDP candidates during the 2015 general elections through rallies and market to market campaigns across Delta Central and South Senatorial districts.
Other UYLA’s members on Chief Arhiyor’s entourage are the Pioneer National President who is the Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Political Matters, Delta Central, Chief Westham Simon Adehor (JP); the National Secretary, Chief Vincent Oyibode (SA to Governor Okowa on Community Development); Chief Tony Ofoni (SA to Gov Okowa on Youth Development); (Mrs) Mercy Awhana and Mrs. Olayebi Onovughe.