The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and National Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has made it clear that there was no going back in his 2023 governorship ambition.
In his welcome remarks at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the Speaker drew the attention of his colleagues to an unfortunate publication on the social media on Friday, 11th February, 2022 designed to cause disaffection among them and the State.
According to him, It was the handiwork of faceless, wicked and enemy of our cherished democracy that encourages open participation in our electoral process, saying these people lacked courage and therefore created avatar to unleash their falsehood and evil in the social media space.
“My dear colleagues, I have offered myself to serve our people in a higher capacity come 2023 and there is no going back. By the grace of Almighty God and the goodwill of our teeming supporters, I remain a frontline aspirant in the 2023 governorship race.”, he said.
The Speaker also said that; “In as much as I acknowledge the rights of others to pursue their political interests, people must desist from provocative and inciting utterances. Let us caution, educate and guide our supporters to tow the path of decency in their approach to issues. We are all brothers and not enemies and therefore, politics should be issue-based and not attack on personalities”.
He appealed to all the gladiators to pursue their aspirations in peace and harmony for the interest of the people and the State, adding that; “We should respect the dignity and sanctity of others no matter how you felt about them”.
The Speaker commended all his colleagues for their commitment and support for the programmes and activities of the Seventh Assembly, and noted that; “The leadership of the House acknowledges your loyalty and push for the success of the Assembly thus far”.
“My distinguished colleagues, as we resume plenary today, I wish to remind all of us that we have a number of Bills to consider, process and pass before the end of this session in June. Therefore, I urge you to deploy your effectiveness and efficiency towards the passage of the Bills”, he said.
He seized the opportunity to appreciate Deltans and all residents in the State for their continued confidence and goodwill for the House, just as he said that; “As representatives of our people, we will at all times promote their common good, welfare and security. We are very much receptive of constructive criticism that will add value to our mandates”.
Rt Hon Oborevwori reassured his colleagues and constituents that the leadership of the Seventh Assembly was anchored on accountability and transparency, noting that; “As head of the Legislature for almost five years now, I have not been invited by any anti- graft agency for fraud related issues”.
“The leadership of the House will continue to draw and rely on the tremendous support of members and staff till the end of the Seventh Assembly. Distinguished colleagues, let me commend you for the peace and stability in the House. Delta State House of Assembly is one of the most vibrant State Houses of Assembly in the country. This is because of your collective efforts and strength of character. Let us therefore continue to work together with His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, our dear Governor, to achieve the Stronger Delta Vision”, Rt Hon Oborevwori said.