By Austin Ogwuda
It is barely three weeks to the first anniversary of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s commemoration of his second term as governor of Delta State and stakeholders expectedly are rushing to judgment on the impact of the mega projects of the administration.
While one of the founding fathers of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Ighoyota Amori, presently a Senior Political Adviser to the governor, said that the governor was on course, a private legal practitioner and leader of Civil Rights group, demurred.
According to Amori, “the governor is a very focused personality who knows his onions. His developmental strides have taken the state into the next level through his three point agenda.
The Asaba international airport, the teaching hospital in Oghara, the dualised Ughelli-Asaba road, Koko Eku Effurun, refinery other major roads across the state the free maternal care, the success recorded in the micro credit scheme, the street light and scholarship scheme and of course the IPP project and human development programme are some of the success stories of the Uduaghan administration. You cannot take that from him. He is on course”, said Amori.
But Mr. Oghenajabor Ikimi, the national co-ordinator for the Forum and Human Rights Defence, FJHD noted that governor’s performance “in candid assessment has not been felt by the downtrodden masses of the State as official corruption, inequality and injustice remains the biggest obstacle to the development of the entire State and as such we state without fear of equivocation that there is nothing to celebrate about.
“We call for the umpteenth time on all well meaning Deltans and indeed Nigerians to henceforth cultivate the idea of asking their leaders questions by monitoring their activities and holding them accountable for their actions and inaction”, he added.
Governor Uduaghan had shortly after his re-election for a second term in office said although running two elections within a space of four months was challenging as pressure was mounted on him to still go to court over tenure elongation which he narrowly missed.
“It is an electoral process in which I happen to be a guinea pig and that is the way I feel. First, we had a scenario where for three and half years, we were still in the tribunal. The normal process should not take that long and I am happy that it has been corrected now in the new Electoral Law that ensures that after the election, it takes about 180 days within which the case will be disposed off.
“I have to contest another election and another legal issue arose and that is should the time spent in the office before, which was termed illegal form part of my tenure in the office. Of course, we went to court and the lower court ruled that it should be added based on a new electoral law that was signed on the day I was sworn in”, he said.