*Says, ‘Delta re-run is won and lost already’, *Uduaghan holds thanksgiving
WARRI- DEMOCRATIC People’s Party, DPP, gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru has held a top secret meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Villa, Abuja, apparently in connection with the forthcoming re-run election in the state, in which he and former governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are the major contenders.
However, an unflustered Dr. Uduaghan went to the First Baptist Church in Warri, Sunday, to thank God for His mercies upon him.
The acting Governor, Prince Sam Obi, acting Speaker, Hon. Basil Ganagana, former deputy governor, Senator James Manager, Prof Amos Utuama, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Oma Djebah, Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Chris Oghenechovwe, former vice chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof (Mrs.), Grace Alele Williams, chief of staff, Government House, Asaba, Mr. Solomon Areyenka, House of Representatives member, Hon. Daniel Reyneju, Chief Moses Odibo, Elder John Oguma and a host of others.
The officiating priest, Reverend Okoroji Junior charged the former governor to look up to God in Heaven from whom cometh help and not men, who could disappoint him, adding that God never fails.
He frowned at militancy, kidnapping, oil bunkering and other criminal tendencies in the state and urged Deltans to join hands together to stamp out all forms of criminalities and advised the former governor to aim for greater heights with God as his Shepherd.
The details of the President Jonathan and Chief Ogboru parley, reportedly facilitated by Uduaghan’s political opponents who have access to the Presidency was not disclosed, but a confident Chief Ogboru told Vanguard when contacted on phone, “In any case, the battle is won and lost already, you will see”.
Asked if he met President Jonathan in connection with the plan to draft him into the PDP or other matters, he said, “No and Yes”.
A presidency source who confided to Vanguard, weekend, said, “I think it is Chief Ogboru that sought to meet with Mr. President, they did not discuss much, he wanted to meet Mr. President as the leader of the country and greet him. It was a very quiet meeting, I am not privy to what they discussed, but Ogboru may have seized the opportunity to tell the President one or two things”.
Meantime, Vanguard gathered that Uduaghan’s political opponents piled more pressure in the last few days on President Jonathan to withdraw his previously declared support for Dr. Uduaghan in the forthcoming re-run election in the state, assuring that they would deliver Delta State to him (Jonathan) in 2011 without Uduaghan.
It was also learned that a group of influential Deltans was seriously working underground to convince President Jonathan to hands off Uduaghan for Ogboru to emerge as the as the next governor of the state, after which he (Ogboru) would decamp to the PDP.
The group reportedly reminded the President of the rally they held in Warri to drum up support for his 2011 Presidential bid, saying that they drew a mammoth crowd to the event without Dr. Uduaghan’s support.
“It is a top secret affair, the President as a PDP leader cannot support the candidate of another political party in an election, but he is under intense pressure to drop Dr. Uduaghan and support Chief Ogboru, who is the candidate of the former Federal Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark. The man is in a kind of dilemma because his heart is with Uduaghan and his body with Clark as far as the Delta PDP is concerned”, he said.