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Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2019

Onuesoke Faults Inflammatory Tribal Statement Against Okowa Appointments

LAGOS JUNE 1ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has faulted tribal inflammatory statements over recent appointments made by Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
In a statement on Friday, Delta State government announced the appointment of Hon Chiedu Ebie as Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Olorogun David Edevbie as Chief of Staff and Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon as senior Political Adviser. The appointments had received negative reaction from some quarters who felt the Governor appointment had some tribalistic imbalance.
Onuesoke who spoke to journalists in Warri, during the weekend said it is quite unfortunate that some people are insinuating tribal coloration to the appointments, stressing that in the history of Delta politics, Okowa’s administration has been fair to all tribes in term of appointments.
According to him, “When Chief James Ibori was Governor of Delta State, he appointed one James Ororo and Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, his own tribal men as SSG and nobody complain of tribalism. When Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan came in as Governor, he appointed Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay an Isoko indegene and from the same Delta South Senatorial District as SSG and nobody see anything wrong with that. I wonder why other tribes should grumble when Okowa appoint ebie from delta north as SSG. The system had been like that since the 1999.”
He argued that it is the constitutional prerogative of an elected Governor of any state in Nigeria to appoint whoever he wants as SSG, chief of staff, director of protocol, stressing that, that of Okowa should not be different.
The former Delta State Governorship aspirant said those castigating Okowa are too much in hurry to do that hence the Governor had just started announcing appointment, adding that all the different tribes in the state would have their fare share of appointments as it were in first term.

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