The achievements of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration have been traced to the leadership synergy between the governor and James Ibori.
Former executive assistant to Okowa on communications Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe made the assertion while responding to questions during a phone-in radio program.
Oghenesivbe, a member of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and International Communication Association (ICA), noted that Deltans trusted and still appreciate the synergy of both leaders, especially in sustaining progressive political structures and pointing the way forward in institutionalising the fundamentals of good governance through credible choice of leaders.
According to him, the enviable and watertight relationship between the governor and Ibori has grown stronger in terms of mutual political cross fertilisation of socio-economic ideas, moderation and restructuring of political structures, strategic team work in peace building, positive external political relations and steady partnership in advancing the prosperity, progress and unity of the people of Delta State.
He stressed that both leaders are always on the same page on issues relating to the overall development of the state, which is why the Okowa administration has been adjudged the best in mutual consultation, all inclusiveness and holistically pragmatic in modern public administration techniques and good governance initiative.
He said: “We are blessed in Delta State, the finger of God directs our affairs and this unending love of Christ in Delta, through the fervent prayers of Saints, has made it possible for our past leaders to work in synergy for the good of all.
“Governor Okowa and Chief Ibori have certain leadership attributes which over the years grew into a strong bond; they are promise keepers, they adhere to and practice the principles of equity, justice and good conscience.
“The astute leaders are proactive in dealing with issues of governance, jointly built political structures with other senatorial leaders that have consistently stood the test of time, and above all, both are committed to the socio-economic and prosperity advancement of the state and citizens.
“The leaders worked together directly and indirectly during the first tenure to ensure that the lofty development ideas encapsulated in the SMART agenda of the first tenure came to fruition. We are sure of a stronger and more result-oriented synergy between the duo in the second tenure and beyond.
“Deltans love Okowa and Ibori partnership because of its numerous socio-economic gains in terms of relevance of Delta in national politics, peace building, equitable distribution of dividends of democracy, crisis resolution, political alignment and realignment, passion for the huge success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls and other positive factors too numerous to mention here.”