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Delta 2011: Uduaghan revs up campaign

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
executive meeting.

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.


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