By Akpokona Omafuaire
UGHELLIâ€”The opposition in Delta State, under the aegis of Mass Movement for Change (MMC), has vowed to wrest power from Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in the 2011 gubernatorial elections.
Led by some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and former members of the State House of Assembly, the opposition members turned out in their thousands last weekend for a meeting at Ughelli to strategise on how to make their dream a reality.
Speaking at the meeting, one of the leaders, Mr. Misan Ukubeyinje:Â â€œWe are here today as forerunner to the thunderbolt that will soon crush the leadership of Delta State.
â€œOur non-development can be traced to the existing leadership, Uduaghan is from my place but I can tell you that his government is satanic.
â€œHe was not elected, he stole our votes, but now there will be electoral reform, there will soon be a change.Â Â This time, they cannot steal the vote, we need God-fearing people come 2011. If you do not fight your own fight, who will fight it for you?â€
Another leader of the opposition, Barrister George Oyefia, said the state needed focus leadership which the present government was not giving.
â€œWhat is happening today is divine, this meeting is long overdue, change today in the state is imminent, occasioned by the soon to blow tsunami of a focus leader.
â€œGreed has made us to become slaves in our own land but we cannot continue in this slavery.Â We need focus leadership and it is high time we changed, we hear of human capital development as agenda but how can you develop someone that has no home, food, hope and oppressed?
â€œI call on you all to join forces so that we can gain power and enthrone a good leader come 2011,â€ Oyefia said.
In a signed communiquÃ© issued at the end of the meeting, the opposition said there was urgent need by Delta State to address the issue of corruption in public places with all seriousness, adding that corruption could only be fought by a thorough and complete overhaul of the electoral process in which elected officers could be held accountable.
The communique noted that the MMC stood firmly in support of Mr. Presidentâ€™s â€œone man one voteâ€.
It said the MMC was embarking on a campaign to the nook and crannies of the state to enlighten the people on the danger of unbridled corruption in government quarters, sanctity of the ballot paper and the need to ostracize persons with wealth acquired from unknown or unproven sources.
â€œThat MMC is out to support the candidacy of a God-fearing person who has grass root support and who is committed to rapid socio economic development of the state; it welcomes men and women of goodwill in the state to its fold,â€ the communique noted.