Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe was angry with him because he declined to give him a Commissionership slot.
Okowa, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Asaba, the state capital during the swearing in of 17 commissioners said the rejection of Orubebe’s request was the reason the former minister was attacking him publicly.
He said, “I am not that kind of man that will be drawn into argument with our leaders. One of our leaders has been insulting the office of the governor.
“The fact that a leader made a request and it is turned down, is not enough to go to the pages of the newspapers and social media when such a leader has not contributed enough to the state government”.
He challenged Orubebe to give account of his stewardship as the Niger Delta Minister adding that he failed to use the position to develop his local government.
“In Burutu, a lot has been done and more are being done. I have commissioned the Burutu township roads. So, when such a person is asking us to give account, I say this because I want to give account from his own local government.
“I urge him to tell us what he has done with his previous positions. It took weeks of broad-base consultations to come up with the final list of the commissioners.
“We did our best to carry everybody along. We are sorry, stay positive because all those who laboured in the past or in my electioneering, will be rewarded in one way or the other,” he said.
Orubebe in an interview had accused the governor of marginalizing the Ijaw ethnic group in the state. He said Okowa should give an account of what he did with over N1trn allocations he has received since 2015.