I’m Confident Of Transparent PDP Convention -Okowa

AS the December 9, 2017 date for the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) draws near, the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,  has expressed confidence that officers of the party would emerge through a free, fair and transparent process.
Speaking yesterday in Asaba, when one of the chairmanship aspirants, Chief Bode George,  paid him a courtesy visit, Governor Okowa said that the party needed to ensure that its national convention was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner so as to stabilise and move the party forward.
“We are a very organised political party; we believe that the process of choosing our officers at the national convention will be free, fair and transparent. Everyone have to ensure that it is a fair process to move the party forward,” he said.
He described the array of credible and reputable persons vying for the different positions as a sign of democracy and a wake up call to all party members, stressing that it ‘gives credence to the fact that the PDP is the leading party in the country.’
The governor commended Chief George for taking time out to go round the country to campaign, stating that this would awaken PDP members and help stabilise the party.
Earlier, Chief George said that he was in the state to solicit for support of party delegates for the forthcoming elections at the party national convention, stressing that the party needed to ensure a free, fair and transparent electoral process so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa, yesterday, hailed former Chairman, Guardian Editorial Board, Resource Control,  Fiscal Federalism Advocate and renowned Professor of English and Literary Studies, Prof. Godini Gabriel Darah,  as he turned 70 years.
In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa extolled the astute contributions of Prof. Darah to the intellectual and socio-cultural advancement of the Urhobo nation, Delta State and Nigeria as a pioneer scholar of Udje Performance Poetry of the Niger Delta, founding President of the Nigeria Oral Literature Association (NOLA), and former Chief of Staff at Delta State Government House.
He noted that “Prof. Darah’s most beguiling attribute is his versatile and profound insights into a wide range of academic endeavours,’which was complemented by his utter commitment to the development of scholarship and culture.
The governor commended Prof. Darah for the many articles and several lectures he delivered on Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, adding, “Indeed, the people of the Niger Delta owe him a great deal for his scholarly and journalistic contributions, which gave birth to the 13 per cent derivation principle.
According to Governor Okowa, “The sterling and scholarly contributions of Prof. Darah to the field of Folklore and Literature and his multi-disciplinary engagements in the domains of Culture, Politics, History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Media and Communication is legendary, commendable and worthy of emulation.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I felicitate with a Professor of English per excellence, the Ogberianrien (the giant of knowledge) of Ughievwen kingdom, Prof. Godini Gabriel Darah on the occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary celebration.
“In a life that has seen you clock the enviable age of 70 years, amidst your achievements in public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.
“As you deservedly celebrate this landmark birthday, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness.