By Emma Amaize
DELTA State Commissioner for Orientation and Communication and prominent Urhobo political leader, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, yesterday, slammed the governorship candidate of the Democratic People Party, DPP, Chief Great Ogboru for approaching an Election Tribunal to declare him Governor of the state, whereas, he was aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, properly declared Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan as the winner of the January 6 gubernatorial re-run.
Akpeki in a statement, yesterday, said, “my attention has been drawn to a publication in one of the national dailies, which bears the rather quaint and clearly provocative caption, ‘Ogboru asks tribunal to declare him Delta Governor,’ which was reportedly issued by the Ogboru Campaign Organisation.”
“If, anything, the petition fits into a common nexus of scurrilous orchestration and unnecessary propagation of narrow, partisan prejudices, whims and fantasies, associated with the politics of intransigent and rabble-rousing opposition,” he added.
On face value, it would be dismissible and redolent of the streak of backward, unprogressive interest-aggregation to mix up legitimate litigation with issues of self-perpetuation and self-congratulation.”
“However, we are constrained to temporarily entertain a caveat, and, assume, as it were, that the prayer by Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, to the respected election tribunal, to declare him governor of Delta State, is an elemental thing of juridicial procedure”, he said.
In his words, “Nevertheless, we should also seriously reflect upon certain consistencies that are implicit in the democratic process: An electoral procedure already consummated with a definite result and official proclamation of winner and loser, need not be travestied with frivolous petitions, bordering on after-thought and a revisionist craving for the negation of history”.