Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has prohibited Senior Officials of his administration from early Political campaign ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon which was obtained by cshowcasenews.com on Monday in Asaba the Delta State Capital.
The Governor according to the Senior Political Adviser, cautioned members of his Government to exercise restraint in pursuing their political ambitions, saying that apart from the fact that such political activity is too early in the life of his administration, it has the capacity of undermining the exiting unity of purpose in his government.
The Statement recalled that the governor had earlier cautioned members of the State government to exercise control in pursuing matters concerning 2023, but observed that some of them, particularly State Executive Council members, had continued to disregard the directive.
According to the statement, the government officials have been found accompanying their colleagues – top and contemporary – on consultations in furtherance of their 2023 political ambitions, affirming that such actions no doubt, was a distraction and was totally unacceptable as it was dividing members of the executive council.
It stressed that the governor had directed that members of government were forbidden from accompanying anyone with political ambitions for any consultations forthwith as punitive measures await anyone who defied the directive.
“Sequel to my earlier Press Release on Political Activities ahead of 2023 – A Call for Caution – wherein it was clearly noticed that barely nine months into the second term of this administration that:
“Some members in position of responsibility in this administration have begun consultations on their political ambition for 2023 general elections.
“Such early politicking is hasty, premature and is capable of undermining the unity of purpose of this administration.
“Following from the above, His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has cautioned members of government to exercise restraint.
“Consequently, the Governor has prohibited forthwith, senior officials of government from accompanying anyone with political ambition on any consultations till further notice.
“It is to be re-emphasized that appropriate sanctions await anyone that flouts this directive, the Senior Political Adviser stated in the statement.