Executive Governor of Delta State
Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (born 8 July 1959) is a Nigerian politician who is the incumbent Governor of Delta State. He was inaugurated as Governor on 29 May 2015 after winning the state elections conducted in April 2015. Before his Governorship, he was elected Senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He is an Ika from Owa-Alero in Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the first person from Anioma to clinch the governorship position of Delta State. He was re-elected as the governor of Delta State on May 29, 2019.
Okowa was born at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended Edo College, Benin City (1970-1976), and thereafter went on to the University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1981 with an MBBS degree. Upon completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme, he worked with the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer. He entered private practice as Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke in 1986.
Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991-1993). He was Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in former Governor James Iboris campaign in 1998/1999. He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State Government for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 April 2001), Water Resources Development (April 2001 - May 2003) and Health (September 2003 - October 2006).
He resigned to contest in the 2007 Delta State PDP governorship primaries, but did not clinch the ticket. In June 2007, he was appointed Secretary to the Delta state Government.
Dr Okowa was elected Delta North Senatorial candidate in the January 2011 PDP primaries with 942 votes, but the result was challenged by party leaders who favoured Marian Amaka Alli as candidate. He was re-elected in a rerun where he scored 1,446 votes, against 108 votes for Dr. Maryam Alli. In the April 2011 election for the Delta North Senatorial seat, he won with 98,140 votes, ahead of runner up, Prince Ned Munir Nwoko of the Democratic Peoples Party.
He finally clinched the ticket for the gubernatorial election in 2015 under the PDP with 406 votes on 8 December 2014; and won the Delta State Gubernatorial elections 2015 in April 2015 with 724,680 votes. He was inaugurated as Governor on May 29, 2015.
During the March 9, 2019 Governorship election, still on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, he gathered 925,274 votes to defeat his opponent, Great Ogboru of All Progressives Congress, who garnered 215,938 votes.
Awards and honour
He was honoured as Man of the Year 2017 by the Independent Newspapers at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.
In 2017, he bagged the highest award of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan-Nigeria as the Alumni of the Year 2016, where he successfully delivered a lecture titled "Good Governance for Wealth Creation and Sustainable Development: Experiences and Lessons" at the 2017 edition of University of Ibadan Alumni lecture organized by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA).
He is married to Mrs. Edith Okowa,and they are blessed with children.