By Hugo Odiogor
Delta north political leaders have listed conditions upon which they would throw their weight behind Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan in the fresh governorship election ordered by the Appeal Court in Delta State.
This came as the former governor took steps, last week, to make peace with Anioma political and opinion leaders, whose area is considered to be the battle ground for the election, ahead of the polls.
Uduaghan, who met with political leaders in Oshimili, Aniocha, Ika and Ndokwaland, pleaded for forgiveness for his mistakes, especially the alleged marginalisation of the area that has nine local governments and has acted as the stabilising factor in Delta politics.
The former governor, who was accompanied by the Delta PDP chairman, Peter Nwaoboshi, and other members of his political team, paid a courtesy call on the Ide Ahaba, Chief Sonny Iwedike Odogwu, in Asaba, last Sunday, where he pledged to make amends if given the support to return to office.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that Chief Sonny Odogwu, the Ide Ahaba and chairman of Grand Hotel Asaba, expressed the displeasure of indigenes of Anioma with the three point agenda of the Uduaghan administration and some aspects of his policies which had tended to marginalize the people.
In another development, Sunday Vanguard learnt that Delta North leaders met in Abuja where the issue of supporting the former governor was discussed, contrary to the impression being created by members of Uduaghan’s campaign team that Anioma support is a sure bet.
A notable leader of PDP in Oshimili south, Chief Akaeze Philip Ibonye, said it makes political sense for Anioma people to show forgiveness but asked the former governor to reognize that Delta north has been the stabilizing factor in Delta politics and has been the kingmaker of all that past elected governors in the state.
In another development, the chairman of Aniocha Rnaissance, Chief Ptrick Onwochie, told Uduaghan to review what his administration had done in the past three and a half years and note that Asaba and other major towns in Delta north did not feel the impact of the administration in terms of development.