BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—FOLLOWING the uproar generated by the statement credited to the Secretary to Delta State Government, Mr Ovuozourie Macaulay, to the effect that he was not aware of any agreement between the Anioma and other parts of the state for a power shift, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has ordered all his commissioners, including other political appointees, to refrain from making further comments on the matter or any other political issue relating to 2015 general elections until the appropriate time.
It was gathered that the governor handed down the order at a recent State Executive Council meeting in Asaba, during which the ongoing feud between Macaulay and the state Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, on power shift controversy, was exhaustively discussed.
Confirming the ban on the commissioners, Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Ighoyota Amori, in response to an enquiry on the issue, said: “There is no feud between the SSG and state chairman. It is an internal PDP misunderstanding, which is normal in any election year when political interest is high.
“The leader of the party in the state, Governor Uduaghan, has advised that they sheath their swords. We shall cross the bridge when we get there. No cause for alarm at all. PDP remains one. Both of them (Macaulay and Nwaoboshi) are leaders in their own right.”
Meantime, a group, Grassroots Movement, IGM, has called on the state chairman of PDP, Chief Nwaoboshi, to address issues raised by Marculay on the power shift controversy, rather than heaping insults on him.
Chairman of the group Mr. Sunday Elueni, in a statement, yesterday, challenged other governorship hopefuls from Anioma, as well as their leaders, to respond to Macaulay’s argument.
He said: “He (Macaulay) merely pointed out the flaws in the strategies adopted by governorship aspirants and other Anioma leaders in their bid to swing the pendulum in favour of Delta North senatorial zone, come 2015.
“How can Anioma nation be talking of marginalisation despite the massive infrastructural development in the area? Are the Anioma more marginalised than the Isoko people? Why should they be talking about ethnicity instead of telling Deltans what they hope to achieve in the state?”
The IGM boss advised that rather than resorting to foul and negative words, all governorship hopefuls should change strategy and focus on issue based campaign.