Nothing good comes easy, for Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate past Delta state governor, the journey to that exalted but chaotic office was a thorny one and tortuous one. If getting there was Herculean, remaining and vacating there was even more daunting and paved with judicial and media landmines. Every political corner he turned, it was one fierce opposition after another coupled with sponsored media attacks.
Indeed, the battle was tough; the road was long winding steep and high with judicial hurdles to cross such that at a point, it seemed he had gotten to the end of the road. That was November 9, 2010 when his election was annulled by the Appeal Court sitting in Benin, Edo State headed by Justice Monica Don Gbam-Menson when men tried all means to cage him but God says otherwise.
His resilience and infinite faith in God kept him going. Dr. Uduaghan’s political blues started to the twilight of the expiration of the tenure of his Chief James Onanefe Ibori, the ‘JAGABAN OF DELTA POLITICS’ when he picked his PDP ticket to contest the April 14, 2007 election.
Picking the PDP party ticket itself was a game of intrigue and compromises which was keenly contested. With no clear winner between him and his closest rival, Ifeanyi Okowa now the incumbent governor, but Chief James Ibori’s deft political moves however delivered the ticket to him.
From there, cold war seems to have started between the dual, it was from both an intra and inter-party political contest with enemies ganging up from both within and outside the party in a desperate moves to stop Dr, Uduaghan from winning the election. He eventually won the election with the political muscles of Chief Ibori, endless litigations and media attacks from both from his party and outside.
Chief Ibori worst political enemy, who never want PDP to see the light of the day in the State, Great Ogboru constituted a clog in the wheel of progress. At the time, Uduaghan was harassed by enemies within with media propagandas vilifying that for allegedly being imposed him on the State by Chief Ibori.
The arrow head then was Ijaw national leader, Edwin Kiagbodo Clark brimming stones and fire that an Itsekeri man emerged as the Delta State governor, Clark never forgave Chief Ibori, accusing him of turning the State into family affairs, he made sure that Ibori suffered on account of alleged corruption. There were provocative and hate campaigns against Uduaghan on the pages of newspapers and magazines, but he never ruffled neither did he join issues with his tormentors, rather seeking for truth reconciliation, pleading with all aggrieved members to sheath their swords and suggest ways to move the State forward.
This was not far-fetch from what he is currently doing at the moment, as political enemies are pushing him to do otherwise, through desperate moves to shot him out of the corridors of power. Uduaghan was never known for vendetta of any kind, even when he is been pushed.
Instead of faction out ways to fight back his perceived tormentors, he was calm and focus as he was adjudged to be the most peaceful man that had ever governed Delta State, even some sections of the media whom Uduaghan helped when he was in power decided to abandon him immediately when he left office.
I never knew or met Uduaghan when he was a governor, neither have i tasted up to N200k of Uduaghan but I read and saw his achievements in every knots and crannies of the state, and as a man who believed in justice decided to be fair to him, using my pen to educate those who felt was the worst enemy of the State.
He may not be saint but its pertinent I state that we should acknowledged his achievements while he was in the exalted office.
Through Uduaghan I know that even those you empower to the neck would abandoned you when you are no longer in office, some of those he empowered are currently the one calling for his neck for political sacrifice. What an aphorism of men! I wish our political office holders would learn from this.
Uduaghan deserved commendations, now that he is back to the fold, he should be compensated to the fullness, allowing him to have his way to the Red Chambers would not be a bad idea, he remain a political material by all standards.
Uduaghan road back to power is possible! Yes it is!
Kparobo Ehvwubare is an analyst, writes from Delta.