By Willy Bozimo
THE sleepy political activities that had enveloped Delta suddenly came alive with the inauguration of the Uduaghan
Campaign headquarters office in Asaba , last Monday. The group’s Director General, Professor G.G.Darah, a
professor of English Literature at Delta State University, (DELSU) Abraka, held court during it first expanded
In a hall filled to the brim , and the office situated along the Asaba Onitsha highway, with the billboards of
Governor Uduaghan, literally overwhelming the premises, which has become a tourist destination of sorts for
political office seekers in the 2011 general elections, professor Darah , the teacher that he is, pontificated on
the reality and imperative of Governor Uduaghan’s victory at the polls for second term.
There were several thousands of party officials, from the wards to the local government and state executives, and
the entire structure of the campaign organization was reeled out by the Secretary and head of administration, Chief
Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, during which he announced the names of the three senatorial coordinators and chairmen and
the organigram thus : Prof. G.G.Darah, Director General Dr. Festus Okubor, Deputy Director General, Dr, Joseph
Otumara, commissioner for Health, chairman and coordinator, delta south senatorial district,Chief Tom Amioku,a
former commissioner for works,in chief Ibori’s government, is chairman and coordinator of Delta central senatorial
district; while Chief Anwuzia is chairman and coordinator of delta north senatorial district.
In addition , there are directors and assistant directors, local government chairmen and coordinators, where some
chairmen are also coordinators of their local governments with secretaries appointed to work with them and ensure
that the Uduaghan campaign organization reaches the grassroots and ward levels to spread the winning songs of the
2011 governorship elections.
In a thought-provoking short speech, Professor Darah told the PDP faithfuls not to lose slip over the outcome of the
elections, emphasizing that the PDP and the Udughan campaign organization had been ready for the 2011 elections
since 1999. He pontificated ‘ Uduaghan is a winner any day. We live politics, eat politics, sleep politics,
assuring the Uduaghan camp followers that those presiding over the slaughter of a big Elephant cannot be hungry in
terms of benefits of democracy as soon as the elections are won.’
Prof. Darah’s delivery of his campaign messages were robust and oftentimes, hilarious, lacing them with the idiom
of delta pidgin and veers often into academic flourish and flashes. Chief Tom Amioku, a man I often describe as
gentleman Tom told the crowd that ‘We play the political game on the ground in delta state and not on the pages of
newspapers, and had summoned the Central expanded executive meeting for his country home in Egborode for
Wednesday, yesterday for 11 a.m.
The delta north meeting is scheduled for Asaba at the Uduaghan Campaign organization headquarters which is based in
Asaba , delta north for tomorrow, Friday. He described his meeting as a purely strategy meeting for top delta north
executives, commissioners, chairmen of local governments and delta state members of the Assembly.
In a post expanded meeting with the media, Prof. G.G.Darah, had a question and answer session with his former
colleagues of the media in his office where he responded to one of the most recurring misinformation and
propaganda making the round s to the effect that the national PDP exo had dissolved the delta state pdp exco.
Prof. Darah, took the issue up as a matter that had been laid to rest, with no foundation but a tissue of lies
propounded by some members of the opposition, miscreants and enemies of progress, who thought they could cause
confusion in the ranks of the state pdp which was solidly conducted according to due process in 2008 at the cenotaph
with national officials of the pdp and INEC officials closely monitoring the outcome.