By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
LAGOS — The Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, candidate in the forth-coming gubernatorial re-run election in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, has accused erstwhile Governor James Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who succeeded him of wasting N800 billion that accrued to the state between year 2000 and this year.
Ogboru during a visit to Vanguard Corporate headquarters in Lagos said erstwhile Ibori aide, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, who has declared interest in the re-run election, was merely window-shopping, saying the contest was only restricted to participants in the court annulled April 14, 2007 poll.
Ogboru who was accompanied by a retinue of personal aides told a panel of Vanguard editors that the governorship would naturally shift to Delta North senatorial district after him if he prevails in the re-run election.
Ogboru while accusing Uduaghan and Ibori of frittering away the resources that accrued to the state said: “It is on record that from June 2000 when the 13 per cent derivation principle was started that Delta State has received over N800 billion but that money is not invested in the state.
“Projects such as the airport in Asaba which was originally earmarked for N1.7 billion and then increased to N6 billion ended up at a whooping N40 billion. What do you need a N40 billion project in Asaba for? Where people haven’t good schools, where we don’t have industries that are working.
“Closely related to that is the IPP project. The IPP project has so far gulped N16 billion but the place is still a bush, we haven’t seen anything on ground, yet Delta State is supposed to be a rich state.”
Promising to entrench probity in the affairs of the state, Ogboru said he would ensure the natural transfer of power to Delta North senatorial district at the end of his tenure. He was, however, not categorical on whether he would spend two terms in office shoul he wins the re-run.
Omo-Agege is window shopping
Asked to respond to moves by Omo-Agege to contest the re-run election, he said: “The case of my brother, Ovie Omo-Agege is akin to what lawyers call invitation to trade. It is not different from what market women or tourists call window shopping, it is an empty, empty exercise. It is not allowed by law, and will not be allowed by law no matter how much campaign or press propaganda that is carried out on this issue because it is a settled issue by the Supreme Court of this country.”
”Whether it is a re-run, whether it is a fresh election or by whatever name so called, the election to be conducted is deemed to be the election conducted in 2007. So the re-run election we are going to have whenever INEC says this is the date is deemed to be the one conducted on 14th April 2007.”
And I don’t think that if you went back as far back as 2007 that there is space for anybody to come in because all the issues about nominations and change of candidates are closed.
So, I don’t know why my brother is doing what he is doing, but I only wish that he were able to contest that election so that we will beat him round handsomely and never again will he say that he wants to be a candidate.”