Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said he will not lord himself over the people on the choice of who will succeed him in 2023, but will only allow the will of God to provide Deltans with a worthy successor as Governor.
Okowa stated this on Sunday at the 70th birth anniversary thanksgiving of Chief Oritsetimeyin Adams which held at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Anglican Communion, Sapele.
He commended the church and other leaders for their prayers and support, and urged them to continually pray for God’s intervention in the choice of a good leader to successor him.
According to him, the choice of a successor is not by wish of man but by the will of God.
“I thank the Church and our leaders for their ceaseless prayers for our dear state because it is not about us men, but about what God wants.
“So, pray that whoever God wants will be Governor, and may that person He wants emerge as Governor for the good of Deltans.
“May God’s will be done in Delta State and may it be well with us in Nigeria”, he said.
The Governor congratulated the celebrant for attaining the Biblical three scores and 10 and urged him to rededicate his life to the service of God and humanity.
“God is the source of life and therefore we must return all thanks to Him and that is what you have done today.
“I knew Chief Adams way back in 1991 when we were Council Chairmen together. He was in the NRC and I was in the SDP and we became friends since then.
“I thank God that today also he continued to remember the things that God has enabled him to do.
“He is now one of our elder statesmen not because of his age but because of his contributions to the development of our state.
“The surgery you underwent is over and you are healed not because of the successful surgery but because Jesus said you should be healed”, Okowa stated.
Earlier in his sermon, Bishop of Oleh Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev’d John Aruakpor, congratulated Adams for using his positions to attract development to his people.
The Bishop remarked that every celebration was a day to look back and give thanks to God for His grace, which had helped the celebrant all through his life.
Speaking on the theme “The value of man’s life”, he said a man’s worth did not consist in the abundance of his possessions but by the value of service he rendered to others.
He said God was not interested in the number of years man lived, but in how much impact made on the lives of others.
The celebrant, Chief Adams, said he was not thanking God because he was 70, but because of His blessings upon his life and family.
“Last year, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was supposed to be a death sentence, but the Lord healed me after an operation in a United States hospital.
“I must thank God for our dear Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and my amiable king, His Majesty, Atuwatse III, for their support towards the surgery”, he said.