By Austin Ogwuda& Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State Leaders, Elders and Stakeholders Forum and the State chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)Â have condemned in strong terms the endorsement of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for a second term by members of the State House of Assembly, describing it as undemocratic.
Chairman of the forum, Dr. Richard Tosanwumi, said in a GSM text message to Vanguard yesterday that the action of the legislators â€œportrays lack of democratic spirit and greed in them.
The real reason behind this act is their quest to also retain their positions in 2011.
â€œForum demands that all Deltans must be allowed to exercise their right to vote and be voted for at all elections in the state. And no group has the power to impose a candidate on us, including Delta State House of Assembly.
â€œDeltans must stand up against impostors and political charlatans in their midst. It seems some Deltans have become absolutely drunk with power. This is very dangerous for our democracy and alarming.â€
Similarly, the state chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), in a statement by its coordinator, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, said the resolution of the State House of Assembly to pass a vote of confidence on the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, â€œis an idle talk and it is only an idle and a rubber stamped legislature that would embark on such a pass time in spite of the pandemic poverty, hunger, unemployment and insecurity ravaging the state at the moment.
â€œAt least, non of the said legislators consulted their people before reaching the above decision”.
However, we acknowledge the fact that despite the above ills, the state governor is working tirelessly to fix the state.
â€œBut two years and four months are not enough period to properly assess the governor, but at the appropriate time the people of the state would pass their vote on him.â€