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Uduaghan denies rift with predecessor

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has dismissed the rumour making the rounds that he had quarrels with his predecessor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori.
He said the Urhobo Political Forum (UPF), G3 and Delta North Political Union were children of circumstance.

Uduaghan, who spoke, Tuesday when the leadership of the UPF, led by Chief Ighoyota Amori, paid him a courtesy visit, said the three groups were put in place at a time they needed a platform to keep together Chief Ibori’s political family.

He said his predecessor, Chief Ibori, was the reason he (Uduaghan) was in politics, adding that he owed nobody any apology for belonging to Ibori’s political family.
Noting that he takes decisions as a governor, Uduaghan disclosed that he consulted with Chief Ibori and Olorogun Felix Ibru before taking some critical decisions because of their wealth of experience in the act of governance.

According to Uduaghan, Chief James Ibori remains the head of their political family and pointed out that they cannot desert him (Ibori) because of what he was going through.

Governor Uduaghan expressed hope that he (Ibori) would come out of his problems stronger.

The govenor thanked the UPF for its support before, during and after his (Uduaghan) election in 2007, reiterating that they all belong to one political family, with Chief James Ibori as its head.

Urging them to continue to live in unity, he told the group not to use its position to oppress others, noting that there was joy in unity and charged them to shun rumour-mongery.

Uduaghan, who was apparently overwhelmed with joy, said his administration was committed to the sustainable development of all parts of the state, saying that work had commenced on the 2nd wing of Osubi Airport being built by the state government.

He said the ongoing Asaba International Airport Project, the Osubi Airport Project and the Independent Power Plant Project were some of the projects aimed at boosting industrial activities in the state.

Uduaghan disclosed that the state government was collaborating with the Federal Government on some programmes that could help accommodate all the youths in the state.

Earlier in his speech, National Chairman of the UPF, Chief Ighoyota Amori, commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his mega projects in  the state.
Amori, who said the streets light project of the government has helped to boost night life in some parts of the state, appealed to the governor to extend the project to Sapele.

He also praised Governor Uduaghan for the free medical programme, adding that several lives had been saved by it.

He described the governor as a technocrat and urged all Deltans to defend the state government at all times and in all places.

Amori, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the PDP in the state, restated that the UPF was not anti-Uduaghan, assuring that the group worked so hard in the election of Governor Uduaghan in 2007.


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