By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
As Nigerians prepare to go to the polls this Saturday, Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed confidence that with prayers, there will be hitch-free elections that will produce God-fearing leaders for the Country
The governor spoke on Monday at Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state during a prayer rally organised by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“I thank the church for the roles it is playing these four years and I want to publicly, appreciate CAN for their prayers which gave us peace in our state; what can we do without God? I am Governor today because God has willed it to be so and I thank the church for the prayers,” the governor said, adding, “as we move into the elections, it is time for restoration, time to get deserved benefits as Nigerians, but, before the restoration, there is some work for the church to do, there is some work for our people to do – we must pray for our state and our nation because, no matter how powerful a man may be, there is always limitations but with God, there is no limit, there is nothing God cannot do.”
He continued, “I am confident in the name of Jesus that what He says will be, will be and with prayers, God’s directions, we will have peaceful elections and our nation will be healed when we have God-fearing people as our leaders.”
“Nigeria deserves a healing, healing of the land but the power of the healing can only come from heaven and as Christians, we must come openly to God and ask God for the forgiveness of our sins and live righteous life; once we are properly connected to the Lord, Jesus there is nothing that will stop us; we must be ready to do what we ought to do and we must pray because, when we call on His name, He will come down mightily to deliver us,” Governor Okowa stated.
He thanked CAN for organising the rally, assuring that in the next four years, he will continue to partner with CAN and all Deltans to deliver democratic dividends.
Chairman, CAN, Delta State chapter, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote thanked Okowa for attending the ceremony despite his tight schedule, stating, “in Delta State, we don’t want violence, we don’t want war, we don’t want rigging of elections or anything that will undermine the peace in the state; the state is peaceful and this prayer rally is important because, it is only God that can give peace; if elections are manipulated, crisis is bound to occur; those seeking offices should play by the rules, in this elections, there shall be no thuggery; we say no to election violence, thuggery, killing.”
Immediate past Chairman of CAN in the state, Rev. Gideon Oyibo in a sermon, stated that Holy Bible made it clear that, “ancient landmark is about equity and no one wants to be cheated; there is zoning of the governorship office between the three senatorial districts in Delta State and for the purpose of peaceful coexistence, unity, let Delta North complete two terms; this is the ancient landmark we have been working on, peaceful coexistence, justice, equity and fairness.”
Bishop Kingsley Enakirerhi also, spoke on the topic, when the righteous are on the throne, the people rejoice and urged Deltans not be iintimidated, saying, “don’t allow anybody to intimidate you, we are here to endorse the candidature of Governor Okowa, he must return to Government House, Asaba because, righteousness exalts a nation and with Governor Okowa, we are happy, we are the righteous.”
At the well attended rally, prayers were offered for peaceful, free, fair, transparent elections and peace in Delta State before, during and after the elections. Prayers were also, offered for Governor Okowa, Delta State and the country.