Prominent Deltans, including the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, former Governor James Ibori, the State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori and the State PDP Chairman, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, on Sunday joined Honourable Samuel Mariere at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Evwreni in Ughelli North Local Government Area to give thanks to God.
Honourable Mariere thanked God for serving the people of Ughelli North 1 Constituency for two consecutive tenures in the Delta State House of Assembly and for His guidance, protection and providence before, during and after the 2019 general elections in which he contested for the Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency seat but lost.
Speaking at the thanksgiving service, Govemor Okowa harped on the need for individuals, particularly politicians who seeking elective positions to give thanks to God no matter the outcome of the election.
The Governor, who recalled the challenges faced by Honourable Mariere in poltics, especially in his first tenure in the State Assembly, said God saw him through and urged him to continue to seek the face of God at all times.
He commended Honourable Mariere for working very closely with his people in Ughelli North, urging him to remain a grassroots politician he had been.
Okowa also urged the former Lawmaker to continue lo reach out to his people, saying he was opening new doors of opportunities with the thanksgiving.
Honourable Samuel Mariere, joined by his wife Joy, and others in thanksgiving, acknowledged that the 2019 general election was indeed a very tough one.
He, however, appealed to leaders and supporters from the various camps and divides in the elections to put the electoral contest behind and unite, stressing that unity of purpose was needed to make progress for the overall good of the land.
The two-time member of the Delta State House of Assembly expressed profound gratitude to Governor Okowa for being supportive and standing by him all through the political race.
Some dignitaries,including Honourable Reuben Izeze, Chief Patrick Fovie and Chief Terry Noah, said Honourable Mariere had distinguished himself in service to his people and they would always rally round him.
The Bishop of Ughelli Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Cyril Odutenmu, in his sermon admonished the congregation to reflect more on what they would be remembered for.
Reception and entertainment of guests later held at the country home of Honourable Mariere in Evwreni.