By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—MIXED reactions have trailed the advice of Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the people of Anioma, Delta North Senatorial district to eschew infighting and forge a common front to realise their future political ambition.
Former member of the Delta State House of Assembly from Delta Central and former governorship aspirant, Mr. Ejaife Odebala, told Vanguard that the people of Anioma should be day-dreaming, if they think they can get the governorship position on a platter of gold in 2015.
He said: “The truth is that there is no power shift arrangement in Delta State. There was never a time power was conceded to any district. Power had been fought for by different contenders. It was after the success of a particular person that people now presume that power had been zoned or shifted to the area of origin of the winner.
2015 is the same. Contenders will come from all over Delta State, including the South where Governor Uduaghan comes from and when somebody wins, people will say power had been zoned to the area of the winner, power was not zoned or shifted, power was fought for and won.”
But another governorship contender, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, said: “We thank Governor Uduaghan for supporting Delta North. It is true that candidates of Delta North contested Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP primaries in 2007 but recall massive and illegal disqualification by Senator Ahmadu Ali to enable candidate of Delta South emerge after the position was zoned to the South.
Immediately Uduaghan emerged, all of us worked for him to win the election. The issue of multiple Anioma candidacy is not an issue. Our governor should keep to faith and deliver as he had promised. We thank him immensely. I am not a tribalist, what matters is that an elected person should be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.”