By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—THE Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr. Solomon Areyinka, yesterday, said there was never a time the former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, was arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as speculated in some quarters.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area of the state, Areyinka, said the rumour was the handiwork of political opponents.
Enjoining politicians to eschew politics of bitterness, rancour and violence, he urged them to abide by the rules of the game, adding that the national chairman of the PDP, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo and the National Executive of the party had confirmed their support for Uduaghan as the valid candidate and flag-bearer of the party in the upcoming re-run gubernatorial election in the state.
Former Commissioner for Youth Development in the state, Mrs. Omatsola Williams, who also spoke at the meeting, urged members to go back to their respective wards to sensitize the electorate at the grassroots to ensure victory for the party in the re-run poll.
Declaring the total support of members of the party for Uduaghan in the re-run election ordered by the Court of Appeal, Benin, she said as the home base of the Governor, they would ensure victory for him.
Affirming their confidence in Uduaghan and pledging their support for him, she said they remain undaunted by the November 9, Court of Appeal ruling, which nullified the 2007 gubernatorial election that ushered in Uduaghan as Governor of the state.
Also addressing the gathering, an elder of the party in the area, Sir E. Gbragada, urged PDP members to go back to the grassroots and campaign for the victory of Uduaghan in the election and assured that the party will return Uduaghan to Government House in the re-run election.