By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, gave indication, yesterday, that a shake-up is imminent in the apparatus of government in the state to ensure better service delivery to the people.
He spoke at a thanksgiving service at the First Baptist Church in Warri in respect of his victory in the January 6 gubernatorial re-run election.
The governor who said he had learnt some lessons between the time his election was annulled, November 9, last year and time he returned to office , this month, vowed that those whose activities constituted a clog in the wheel of progress of the state.
His words, “I will give names of contractors who collect contract money and sell it to others to communities, henceforth, since I stand to take the blame alone, I must re-organise the system, it is not because of the April elections or 2015 elections but because of Delta.
Those who attended the ceremony included Arch Bishop God_Do_Well Avwomakpa, Chairman, Delta State CAN; Chief Makinde Williams, PDP National Treasurer; Senator James Manager; Sen. Patrick Osakwe; Prince Sam Obi, Speaker DTHA; Basil Ganagana, Deputy Speaker DTHA; Olorogun Talib Tebite; Chief Joyce Overah, Chief and Chief Mrs. Brodrick Bozimo; Chief WellingtonOkirikra, Chief Tom Ovwere, Comrade Macauley Ovuzorie, Chief KennethAfejuku.
Others are HRM, Ovie R.L.Ogbon, Ogoni_Oghoro I, Ohworode of Olomu; HRM Abe I JP, Ovie of Uvwie, HRM, Charles Ayemi_Botu, Pere of Seimbiri Kingdom; HRM Ovie of Ogor, HRM, Sam Evah, Pere Egran I; HRM Ezemu of Emu Kingdom; HRM, Joseph Timiyan, the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom.
According to Uduaghan, “Today is a special day and a great day. I am here to thank God not because of the victory at the re-run but also because of the PDP Presidential primaries.”
If the result from Delta State was otherwise, enemies would have been vindicated.”
“I pray for forgiveness for those behind the seven votes that went out, I pray that God forgive them, followers must respect leadership, when you give instructions those following should obey. The
cancellation of my election was a surprise to me and many others”, he said.
Uduaghan explained, “Within moments there were all sort of stories that I was arrested by an online media, Sahara reporters that I stole money and I was caught in London, no matter how big a lie is the truth must be revealed; there is a deep spirit of hatred going on in the state and this has made people haters.”
Governor Uduaghan said that he bore no grudges against anyone who tried to blackmail him during his trying moments as some even went to lobby the metropolitan police to arrest him. He appeal to those
calling Delta negative names to stop as it does not move the state forward.
He urged elders to be wary of their actions as whatever they do to other people’s children will boomerang to their children but should leave a worthy legacy and not division and blackmail. Uduaghan however, had no apology to civil servant who voted against him due to the introduction of the biometric system which had swept away ghost workers from the state.
“I assure teachers and workers that I will not touch any of your money, I know the importance of wages to the workers, those in the system that are blocking the teachers pay, I urge you to desistbecause I will pay more attention to that area now”, the governor asserted.