Comrade Chief Mulade Sheriff, a prominent governorship challenger of Ijaw descent, has withdrawn from the Delta State 2023 governorship campaign.
Chief Mulade announced his resignation in a personal press statement devoted to his late mother, Madam Ebikeseiye Christiana Mulade (Nee Timiyan), who died on October 27, 2021.
Due to his tenacity in pushing for good governance, sustainable development, environmental justice, and respect for human rights, the renowned peace and environment activist and CEO/Coordinator of the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, a notable non-governmental organization (NGO) was widely accepted as a governorship aspirant by Deltans, both at home and abroad.
He highlighted his decision to withdraw from the gubernatorial contest in 2023 as a significant sacrifice he had to make in order to honour his late mother.
Chief Mulade said he decided to put his governorship ambition on hold for two reasons: first, to give his family ample time and opportunity to mourn his late mother in peace while reflecting on the sterling qualities and legacies she left behind; and second, because, as the first child and now head of the family, he needed to focus more on maintaining the family unity that his late mother left behind, as well as to enable him to carry on his father’s legacy.
The environmentalist vowed to engage more stakeholders and campaign for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment, as well as justice for the host people in the Niger Delta.
Comrade Mulade Sheriff vowed on behalf of his siblings that he would continue to honor his late mother, who lived a life full of admirable traits, by ensuring that the same values be copied and ingrained in their children, as well as future generations.
Chief Mulade, who is the Ibe-Sorimowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA of Delta State, thanked all of his political advisers and supporters for their understanding of his painful personal decision to withdraw from the race and promised to always work with them for a better Delta State and Nigeria at large while bidding his late mother farewell.