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Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated his Ondo State counterpart, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), as he turns 65 years on Wednesday.
Okowa’s felicitation is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika on Tuesday in Asaba.
He lauded Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum, for putting aside partisanship in picking the gauntlet to provide leadership for the Forum at a very critical time in the history of the nation.
He described Akeredolu as an urbane, cerebral leader of great value and a committed progressive concerned about the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Ondo State and Southern Nigeria.
Okowa extolled the contributions of Akeredolu to the sustainable development and peace in his state and Nigeria.
In his message to Peter Obi, Okowa said that Obi’s enviable success as governor did not come to many as a surprise, given his pedigree as a consummate banker and finance management expert.
He particularly commended the former governor for the physical transformation of Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra, which hitherto was despised by many, for the crime rate and other vices in the city.
According to Okowa, Peter Obi demonstrated immense courage and determination, to develop Anambra in spite of all the battles he fought as governor of the state.
“Your Excellency, your selfless and impressive performance as governor of Anambra has already distinguished you as a great nationalist and among the pride of our great nation.
“At a very young age, you towered high in the corporate world, which was your occupational comfort zone, until your people beckoned on you to take up the mantle of leadership, which was at a rudderless level at that time in the state.
“Your performance after eight years proved those who recommended you right for the job.
“You were a lesson in fiscal prudence, accountability and transparency to both those in public and private sectors, especially in governance.
“Since leaving office in 2014, you have remained a great figure and an inspirational leader for our great party in your state and country, and an indisputable model and mentor to younger Nigerians,” he said.
He said: “On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Delta, I congratulate my dear brother, an outstanding statesman and astute businessman, Mr Peter Obi, on his 60th birth anniversary.
“On this auspicious occasion in your life, I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued goodness to you”.
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