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Re: “I did not send name of my likely successor to President Jonathan -Gov Uduaghan”
Author: Ifeanyi Izeze | October 24, 2014



Mischief, a major preoccupation of the human mind, has been taken to another level by politicians in this country and this is glaringly manifested in the manner in which those ruling conduct the business of governance and everything about politics. It is very pathetic that in this country, we don't even know who tells us what to believe whether those ruling us or those aspiring to rule. In the last few days, the media has been inundated with innuendos that the Delta state governor, Emannuel Uduaghan sent name (s) of his anointed successor through the Anioma Congress and/or other channels to President Goodluck Jonathan for endorsement. Otherwise, nobody would have bothered whether Uduaghan is sponsoring any candidate as he has the full right to do so but for the circumstances around the sponsorship particularly those he is allegedly pushing forward who have been traced to be related to him almost the same way he is related to his predecessor, James Ibori. If it is true that the Governor Uduaghan as alleged is pushing forward two Itsekiri relatives of his as alternative candidates in the 2015 governorship election in the state then there is definte justification for those inputting hidden motives. In the first instance, if we are to follow how it should be done in a democratic setting, is the governor, whether true or false, supposed to be seen publicly taking names of particular candidates to the party national leadership including the president for endorsement? The governor's disposition on installing his Itsekiri relative, as alleged, without doubt raises questions of genuineness of intentions ofcourse which political enemies have already interpreted to be laden with hidden agenda that borders heavily on corruption and mismanagement of state funds? As it stands now, if it is established that Mr Tony Obuh and Mr Charles Emetulu has any matrimonial link to Itsekiri even without coming from the Ibori-Uduaghan lineage, it will be very difficult for the governor to convince anybody that his judgement was in the best interest of the entire people of Delta state or even a section of it. As rightly asked even by concerned and very prominent Itsekiri sons in a published and duly signed advertorial: âIs Itsekiri a family shareholding affair?â Since when has myopic family interests become synonymous to the Itsekiri agenda in Delta state? If this family has done well since they occupied the Delta Government House from 1999 to date, no doubt, the entire Itsekiri ethnic nationality knowing how patriotic they are to theirs and even the entire state right from the Midwest era, would have been at the forefront of supporting the continuation of this hegemony by a single family. Instead, the Itsekiri story has been that of marginalisation or even outright oppression by the successive state governments that were supposed to have favoured the people. Check out what is happening in Ugborodo among several other Itsekiri communities in the state. Agreed as said that what Delta state needs in whoever wants to be the next governor is someone that posses virtually âthe Cs of personality like character, competence, creativity, compassion, credibility, confidence and courage, is it only in the Uduaghan-Ibori stock of Itsekiri that we can find such person? And by the way how do you expect a candidate being fronted to cover the stealing and misapplication of state funds to be described as a person of character and credibility?â You cannot tell people (aspirants) to go to hell in their aspirations and also plead with them not to cry out when they get there. These unnecessary embarrassments or rather distraction would have been totally avoided by the governor if he had employed more tact. Who does the Delta state governor expect to the people to believe- that he did not send the name (s) of his likely successor whether through the Anioma Congress or any other channel to President Goodluck Jonathan? He should have known his people better. In a statement issued on Wednesday 15th October 2014 by his Senior Special Assistant on Research, Sunny Areh, Udugahan said there was no truth in the report in the media. The statement said: âThe attention of His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State has been drawn to a publication in the Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday, October 15, 2014. âLet it be stated that the Governor did not submit any name through the Anioma Congress as governors do not submit names to the President to be âappointed' as governors. His Excellency has direct access to Mr. President and does not need any intermediary. In the course of ensuring a smooth transition in 2015, His Excellency met with the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Obi Chike Edozien. âIn the course of discussion, the names of many aspirants of Delta North extraction came up, including those of Mr. Charles Emetulu and Mr. Tony Obuh who were members of his cabinet. âThis statement is for the purpose of setting the records straight and for the benefit of the general public.â Whether the governor submitted any name (s) to the President or not, the question remains: does any or both of these controversial candidates- Obuh and Emetulu, have any blood or matrimonial link to Uduaghan-Ibori's Itsekiri? This is what the governor should try to explain because as asked in a widely published article âDelta 2015: Ibori - Uduaghan's candidate and the Anioma agenda: âHas the governance of Delta state since 1999 become a family (whether immediate or extended) affair? So if Governor Uduaghan does not handover to another relative of his would the state cease to exist or rather stop functioning? By the way, since this family of his (Ibori inclusive) has ruled since 1999, has Delta state been transformed into or anywhere near an Eldorado matching the amount of resources that accrued to it throughout the period? Why should family focus be the determinant to who takes over from him? Is the governor's manner of selection to represent parochial family interests not in real terms detrimental to the general interests of the people of the state even to that of the well-respected Itsekiri ethnic nationality? Now, whether the governor is sponsoring Obuh and Emetulu as alternative candidates, is no longer the issue because by the furore already generated, even if he hands- off these candidates, he has made it even more difficult for any of them to pick the ticket and if they do by âspecial arrangementâ, then more difficult for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win the governorship election in Delta state. And this is what the Anioma people should actually be bothered about as it looks very much like a deliberate covert agenda to front an unacceptable/weak candidate rob Delta North of the chance to produce the next governor. I would expound on this soon. God Bless Delta State. IFEANYI IZEZE is an Abuja-based Consultant and can be reached on: iizeze@yahoo.com; +234-8033043009)

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Nnaemeka    Oguas, nigeria    October 25, 2014
Hey do your reseach very well before publishing your articles. Please do not mislead Deltans further. Obuh and Emetulu do not have any link with Itsekiri and are not sponsored by Uduaghan. Its all rumour mongering and an attempt by the so-call big politicians from Delta North to discredit anyone close to Uduaghan that has shown interest to contest.
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