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Lawmaker blasts critics of Uduaghan’s second term endorsement

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI— THE member representing Bomadi constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Reginald Dombraye, has lashed out at critics of the resolution of the House to endorse the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for a second term in office.

He said the endorsement was ethical and did not foreclose other governorship aspirants within and outside the PDP from contesting against Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in the 2011 gubernatorial election.

Dumbraye, who was reacting to the criticisms that trailed the endorsement yesterday, maintained that Governor Uduaghan was deserving of a second tenure following his achievements since he assumed office.

He said: “Well, they should know that the endorsement of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan by the House for 2011 general election does not deprive any PDP member from contesting against him in the primaries and in democracy, there is nothing wrong in endorsement.
“So if they want to run for election, they are free to run and if they are PDP members, they can come out to contest against Uduaghan.

“As a matter of fact, Delta State House of Assembly,… I am a PDP member, I moved the motion that the House should pass an implicit vote of confidence on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his 3-point agenda that has affected positively the lives of the people of Delta state.

“The motion is for the best interest of the PDP. Other parties will contest against Uduaghan in the general election. We know, but constitutionally he has just two tenures. He should be allowed to complete his two tenures.”

On whether it was ethical, he said; “if it was not ethical for the House to or not to pass that resolution, somebody should have come against the motion on the floor of the House.

“It was unanimous; one of the best resolutions the House has ever passed. Everybody is in support, even the opposition parties.

On what he could point at as the major achievement of the governor, Dombraye said; “as you can see, there are many projects going on in the state and some of the projects he took over from Ibori’s administration, 95% has been completed and Delta state government pays its workers as at when due.

“Most importantly, the peace we have been enjoying in this state, no state in this region is enjoying this kind of peace, despite what happened in May between the JTF and the Gbaramatu freedom fighters.

“They are not militants, they are freedom fighters, so if you look at Delta State today, in Asaba we have an International Airport which is about 80% completed.

“Then if you go to Osubi Airport, the Delta State government is also building a section of it.

Then so many roads are under construction, dualization of roads, street lights, if there is no peace, I don’t think any meaningful project can go on. Moreover, you know Delta State is a complex state to govern.”


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