Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and Bayelsa State Governor, Alaowei Seriake Dickson were over the weekend honoured with a chieftaincy titles by the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom in Patani local government area of Delta State.
The titles were conferred on Ibori and Dickson as part of activities to celebrate the coronation anniversary of HRM Erebelu Shedrack, Aduwo III, the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom.
Chief Ibori was honoured with the title, Tiemwei (Pillar), while Governor Dickson was conferred with Izon Opute (Rock) chieftaincy title.
Ibori was accompanied to the ceremony by Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, alongside retinue of aides and top government functionaries.
The three PDP Chieftains at the ceremony however expressed their commitment to the development of the South South region.
While thanking the monarch for the honour, Ibori said that they will not let Kabowei Kingdom down in their interest and progress.
“I am very interested in what goes on and we will continue to watch what goes on in the region, any referendum will be based on the interest of the region,” Chief Ibori said.
The former governor however lauded the developmental strides of Chief Dickson and Senator Okowa in repositioning the socio-economic life of the people of Delta and Bayelsa state respectively.
Governor Dickson in a brief speech, said, “Governors from our region are bold and holds Chief Ibori in high esteem, I am aware Governor Okowa is doing very well and we will continue to speak with one voice in the region.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Okowa who commended the Pere for the titles, described Governor Dickson and Chief Ibori as two great sons of the Niger Delta region.
“it only takes a wise man to make the wise choice of recognising these great men because, they are bold, strong, courageous and good advocates of our people”.
Okowa said that South South geopolitical zone would support and put their vote where its will favour the people.
“Our voice as a people will never be drowned, as a people, we will continue to take the pride of place in this nation, we will speak strongly for our people, we should ensure that our votes are in the direction where our people will be respected and our voice will be heard.
“I believe that the way we are moving, we will never get it wrong for our people”, Okowa said.
Earlier, the Pere in his speech stated, “a man who has done very well will be celebrated by his friends and we are proud of Governor Dickson and former Governor James Ibori.”