BY Austin Ogwuda, Festus Ahon, Egufe Yafugborhi & Godwin Oghre
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, warned politicians against importing arms into the state in preparation for the 2015 general elections, vowing that his administration will do everything to frustrate such actions anywhere in the state.
Uduaghan, who briefed newsmen in the state capital, Asaba, said he was aware that some politicians were piling weapons in the state, adding that he has a responsibility to ensure that there was no violence in the October 2014 local government polls and the 2015 general elections.
He said: “I have also warned politicians not to heat up the polity by their actions, utterances and remarks in the media over their political ambitions. Some persons have interpreted that to mean that I am gagging people from expressing their feelings and ambitions. That is not what I meant and I have no apology on that.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to lift the ban on campaigns. That is a constitutional provision, not my order. But people are consulting and meeting and they are free to do that. But I am saying that no one should allow his personal ambition to heat up the polity and cause confusion in the society.”
Governor Uduaghan added that it was for the reason of ensuring peace in the polity that he had to bar political office holders, particularly his cabinet members, from making political statements concerning their interest in 2015.
He said: “I was in the cabinet during my predecessor’s time. I know how such conduct created confusion and distraction in the cabinet. So I say you cannot be in the cabinet and be making inciting statements. Even the President (Jonathan) also saw the danger in these and declared that cabinet members wishing to pursue political ambitions could excuse the cabinet.”
On insecurity in the country, the governor said Delta State will this year observe a low-keyed Democracy Day with a prayer session by children to seek God’s intervention in the plight of the abducted Chibok girls.