By AUSTIN UGWUDA & FESTUS AHONA
Asaba – DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, cannot claim ignorance that he was not consulted for his input before the list of ministerial-nominees from the state was sent to Abuja.
At a media parley in Asaba, yesterday, he said, “I take responsibility for that list. I sent the list based on the letter from the national headquarters that we should send 10 names and I consulted widely, including the state party chairman. I have it on record.”
Nwaoboshi had told Vanguard in Asaba, Tuesday, that he had no knowledge of how the list emanated.
Nwaoboshi had said, “I received over 400 telephone calls about the list. I was shocked because I don’t know anything about this list published in Vanguard.
“I had told the people to remain calm. As I said earlier, as the chairman of the party, I was not aware about the list.”
The list contained the names of the governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, a critic of the Uduaghan-led administration, who emerged third during the April governorship election.
Also on the list is Elder Godsday Orubebe, who was at a time, said to have been anointed by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, to take over power from the governor.
Other nominees from Delta included Chief Godwill Obielum, who wanted to become governor during former governor James Ibori era, Chief Solomon Ogba, former Speaker of the Delta House, Young Igbrude, a foundation PDP member but who later crossed to the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, but later came back to the PDP and Mariam Nneamaka Ali, who had been clamouring to become a Senator but failed after several bids.