The Pere of Gbaramotu Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Oboro Gbaraun II, in the Niger Delta, has conferred a traditional title of ‘Iyelawei’ of Gbaramotu on the Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The title makes Tinubu “the torch bearer of the kingdom.”
Receiving Asíwájú Tinubu in his palace, the Pere of Gbaramotu showered praises on the APC candidate, while praying for his success in the presidential election.
The traditional ruler called on Tinubu, if elected, to ensure the establishment of a deep sea port in Gbaramotu, industrial park in Ogidigben and good roads and bridges leading into the kingdom.
The Presidential candidate who addressed leaders in the Niger-Delta leaders, promised to work to speed up the development of the region.
He pledged to engage in regular consultations with the leaders to emplace initiatives and projects that would help the region.
“I’m one of you. My wife is a daughter of the Niger Delta. Your in-law is also your son. No be so? Tinubu asked the leaders in pidgin English to which the mammoth crowd yelled “Na so.”
He said that he is aware that the Warri- Escravos/Gbaramotu road had been awarded, pledging to ensure the completion of the road by getting the contractor involved to deliver on the project.
He said that if elected, the Ministry of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Development Commission will serve the full purpose for which they were established.
“The man standing before you will implement whatever he promised. You need honesty, you need commitment to perform. I embody both.
“I know the road and I will carry the Niger Delta people along. We will consult your leaders for the development of Gbaramotu Kingdom and other associated communities.”
Tinubu was accompanied to the kingdom by the Deputy Senate President and APC governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Governors Abdullahi Ganduje and Mai Mala Buni of Kano and Yobe states, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources Timiprey Sylva, Minister of State, Labour Festus Keyamo and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Dimeji Bankole.
Others on the entourage included former Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, former Minister of State, Niger Delta, Elder Orubebe, APC Chairman in Delta State, Elder Sobotie and a party chieftain in the state, Ayiri Emami.
The APC candidate and his team were presented with kolanuts as a demonstration of love and hospitality of the people.