Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has faulted the February 25 governorship election, saying the exercise was compromised and not the will of God.
Mr Okowa, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this on Friday at a meeting with members of the Isoko Church Leaders Council in the Isoko South Local Government Area of the state.
“We saw the manipulation of the election coming, and the church of Christ prayed against the situation which we have just found ourselves in,” he said.
Mr Okowa added, “Obviously, this is not the will of God. It is not the will of God that the chapel in Aso Rock will be closed for four years as a result of the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the presidential polls.
Mr Okowa urged church leaders to continue to be fervent in prayers.
“This is the time for us to rise up in faith and not time to mourn. The church must be prayerful and cautious and have to think from the inside.
“It is my prayer that the chapel in Government House, Asaba, will remain to the glory of God,” the governor said.
Mr Okowa also appealed to religious leaders and Delta residents to support Sheriff Oborevwori, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, in the March 11 governorship election.
The governor also urged them to vote for all the PDP candidates for the Delta House of Assembly in various constituencies across the state.
Mr Okowa added that Mr Oborevwori, also the speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, had the needed experience to inspire more development in the state.
On his part, Mr Oborevwori solicited the support of the church and religious leaders in the state towards his victory on March 11.
He assured the people of Delta that he would not disappoint them if elected governor of the state.
Earlier, the president, Isoko Church Leaders Council, John Aruakpor, said the meeting was apt and necessary as it was a platform to meet and rub minds together.
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