WARRI/Nigeria: The immediate former Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has debunked the rumour making the rounds that he has chickened out of the senatorial race ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Uduaghan stated this in his Warri residence when he played host to the Coalition of Bomadi LGA Elders led by its leader, Revd. Gbenekuru England and tens of youths drawn from different youth groups in Bomadi Local Government Area.
The group which is an amalgam of all the community elders in Bomadi had inquired if the dynamic and all-tribes loving former Governor had stepped down again for Sen. James Manager on occasion of his recent public declaration at the PDP Mega Rally for Governor Okowa which held in Oleh. Allaying their fears, Dr. Uduaghan said, “I have not stepped down for anybody and I am not going to even contemplate stepping down for anyone. In fact, I have put my hands in the plough and there is no going back. By the grace of God, we would be in Abuja in 2019”
“It was for the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan’s votes from Delta that made me withdraw from the 2015 senatorial race, last minute. The stability of the state was very important to me. I needed to concentrate on the state and prepare it for a peaceful transition; otherwise, I have all the machinery to win the seat if I had so wanted it like I do now.
On whether he was scared of any opposition, Uduaghan said, “I have paid my dues in stemming ethnic violence and militia uprising in the creeks to deserve the senatorial seat. How many people can make such sacrifice? How can somebody who has fought plenty political battles as a serving governor be scared of anybody? That is very laughable to me.”
The visibly relieved group, buoyed by the news, broke into dancing and singing in Ijaw.
You Are The Best Candidate For Senate
All the leaders of the group who spoke, agreed to throw their weight behind Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial bid, because according to them, Delta South is ready for a new beginning and Dr. Uduaghan is the new beginning. They believe when he gets to the senate, the District would get qualitative representation and he would empower not just his Itsekiri people but also the Ijaw and Isoko people as he did when he was a two-term Governor of the state.
“We have tested your capacity when you were Governor we know that the Ijaw nation benefited from your administration. Our son, the current occupant of the seat, who has been there for four tenures has tried his best but it is now time for a new beginning. It is the turn of the Itsekiris based on fairness and equity. Your Excellency, your are the new beginning for Delta South.”
The senatorial hopeful revealed that he and his family had heard from God clearly, in January 2018, that victory is sure for him at the polls. He used the opportunity to assure all his supporters, friends and well-wishers that plans for his campaign will soon roll out in a massive dimension and everyone would be carried along.