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2011: Delta former Commissioner joins guber race

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—A former commissioner under the administration of Chief James Ibori, and a one-time chairman of Burutu local government council in Delta State, Mr. Bradus Angozi, has declared his intention to run for the governorship seat next year.

But, Angozi’s ambition has elicited mixed reactions, following the endorsements of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, for a second term by different ethnic groups in the state.

Investigation by Vanguard showed that the campaign posters of the Ijaw politician dot strategic locations in Asaba, the state capital.

Angozi, who was well-known as a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) member when he served as council chairman and commissioner, however, did not indicate on the posters and flyers the political platform he will contest, but merely said he had a dream to change Delta State if he became the governor.

Pressed to know whether Angozi has relinquished his membership of PDP, the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Newworld Safugha, told Vanguard in Asaba that “as far as we (PDP) are concerned, since he did not indicate on the poster that he is running on the platform of PDP, it speaks for itself. What else do you want me to say it implies?”

Angozi was once a member of the  once-flourishing political association that had been uniting the Ijaw in Delta State, known as Delta Ijaw Collective Agenda (DICA). The group later suffered a setback following disagreement over the choice of a chairmanship candidate  for Burutu local government in the 2007 election.


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