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Uduaghan: Oguma lauds tribunal verdict

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Olorogun John Oguma, has expressed satisfaction with the verdict of the electoral tribunal that upheld the election of the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, describing it as victory for all Deltans.

Oguma, who was reacting to the verdict at his Ovwor country home, Sunday, held that the emergence of Dr. Uduaghan as governor of the state “was not man-made but divine”, and congratula-ted the governor on his victory.

He said the governor has surprised the expectation of all Deltans in the implemen-tation of his three-point agenda and urged Mr. Peter Okocha of the Action Congress to work in harmony with the governor to move the state forward.

He advised Okocha to return to the PDP, saying Delta is a People’s Democratic Party state, and advised him against being misled by political sycophants.

The PDP stalwart condemned in its entirety those tying Governor Uduaghan to the Niger Delta crisis and maintained that the governor was an individual in the region who was suffering the same fate as all Niger Deltans.

Oguma enjoined Niger Deltans to refrain from castigating one another and held that the federal government was a common enemy to all Niger Deltans.

He urged Deltans to continue to give Governor Uduaghan the total support he needed to build on his laudable achievements, while also stressing the need for Niger Deltans to be united in their aspiration for the development of the region.

Oguma, who expressed delight at the amnesty granted by the federal government to militants, however, expressed disgust at the recent bombardment of Gbaramatu kingdom.

Akpuri, however, used the occasion to call on the state government to dualize the Agbarha / Emevor link road, down to Afiesere ,so as to decongest traffic on Otovwodo junction in Ughelli metropolis.

Community head describes petition as distraction

THE Action Congress  (AC) challenge of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan before the Election Petition Tribunal as the duly elected Governor of Delta State in the 2007 polls was described as an unnecessary distraction for the governor.
This was the reaction of the Trust Chairman of Abigborodo Community, Mr. Francis Eyituoyor-Maku, a PDP stalwart in Warri North Local Government Area, following last Thursday’s tribunal ruling in Asaba.

His words: “The tribunal verdict proved that the petition by Mr. Peter Okocha of the AC was uncalled for in the first instance and it was indeed an unnecessary distraction for the governor all the while.”

Mr. Eyituoyor-Maku, who extolled the tribunal judges for a detailed and brilliant judgement, described the tribunal ruling as a victory for Deltans, who gave their mandate overwhelmingly to Dr. Uduaghan over two years ago.

The PDP stalwart said further: “Because the tribunal judgment was so unambiguous and transparent, if the opposition insists on appealing it at the Court of Appeal, it would only be an exercise in futility.”


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