Uduaghan not happy when we refused him automatic ticket--Delta PDP



The Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed deep dismay over comments credited to the former Governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, publish
ed in the Punch Newspapers, with the heading: “I Left PDP Because Okowa Doesn’t Listen To Wise Counsel ― Uduaghan,” describing the statement as unfortunate and a huge disappointment, especially coming from such a source, who ought to exhibit a more responsible level of verbal decency and decorum, irrespective of his new political affiliations.

This obvious disappointment of the PDP was contained in a short but poignant statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, who further noted also that though everyone was entitled to their own opinion, especially in this season when political survival and grandstanding have assumed greater relevance, particularly for those whose ambitions are shaking, Dr. Uduaghan nevertheless, was being mischievously economical with the truth in his comment about a political associate whom he had worked with closely and successfully for nearly two decades and who, in the finest democratic traditions, have equally inherited and is working in excellent harmony with many of the same elder statesmen and women, who had also provided wise counsel to former Delta leaders of the party in the past.

Dr. Osuoza said: “We are very disappointed with the comment credited to Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan that he left the PDP because our leader and governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa does not listen to wise counsel. It is indeed quite disheartening and unfortunate that Dr. Uduaghan will make such a statement to the general public, and our spontaneous reaction would have been to join issues with him robustly, but we will rather refrain from such an obvious bait of deliberate distraction and quickly refer him to the nearly two decades of his own political trajectory and allow him to do the mathematics by himself.

“We wish to remind Dr. Uduaghan that the PDP, under the able leadership of Governor Okowa and executive council of the party and with the good and wise counsel from the same elder statesmen and women who have been providing support and guidance to the party over the years, most prominent amongst whom is our undisputed national leader, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, the Odidigboigbo of the universe, made a solemn commitment and firm pledge not to provide an automatic ticket for any contestant but insisted that we would provide a level playing field for all our party faithful to seek the mandate of their constituents, in a keen, fair, transparent and credible primaries that would produce the most popular and deserving candidates to fly our party flag in the general elections, including the keenly contested Delta South Senatorial seat ticket.

“Anybody, who therefore felt that a contrary method of producing our candidates, would have been a wise counsel which our Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa did not listen to, is either suggesting that the counsels of Chief James Ibori and other leaders of the party are not good or wise, or that person must be someone who neither has the welfare of our party nor the interest of our members at heart and it will be germane to remind such people that even Governor Okowa did not invoke or impose his power of incumbency on the process, but rather subjected himself humbly to a governorship primary election, like a true party faithful who desires to lead by example.

“For Dr. Uduaghan to now claim that Governor Okowa does not listen to good or wise counsel, may thus be interpreted as a sad reflection of what certain political ambitions can lead to, especially when placed against the backdrop of the prominent leaders, elders, statesmen and women, who have lined up with our Ekwueme at different podiums and joined the massive teeming crowds across Delta State, to welcome the PDP Campaign train, everywhere we have visited,” Osuoza said with satisfaction.

Continuing, the PDP Spokesman said: “We are quite amused, just like the majority of Deltans, at the farcical and pretentious romance between Dr. Uduaghan and Chief Great Ogboru and the comical show of working together that they are always entertaining Deltans with, whenever they find themselves together. In fact, watching Chief Great Ogboru stand beside Dr. Uduaghan in a poorly attended campaign rally and make a statement like: “The days of sharing local government council money is over. Once I emerge the governor, local government money shall be given directly for the development of the councils….Sometimes ago, we always won the elections but were being cheated, but our time has come,” reveals the great deceit of this dangerous combination and dubious collaboration to Deltans.

“Let us, however, assure both Dr. Uduaghan and Chief Great Ogboru, for the avoidance of doubt, that the PDP and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is fully ready and prepared for whatever dubious plans they may be nursing. We have noted with passing interest that they have finally decided to put up some form of haphazard and ill-prepared mushroom gatherings in the form of campaign and it is obvious, from the lean and smattering reception they have been receiving, that Deltans already knew who to follow and trust with their votes in the coming elections. The PDP is here to stay and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will coast home to a resounding re-election victory and secure his much deserved and merited second term. And you can take that to the bank,” Dr. Osuoza concluded convincingly.

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