By Gab Ejuwa

Of all the political gladiators contesting to represent Delta South at the National Assembly via  the forthcoming general elections, one name that stands out is that of Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of Delta State.


For the greatest majority of the people of Delta South Senatorial District and the state in general, the candidature of Dr. Uduaghan is a welcome development and great delight. To the people of the District, it would be pay-back time and a commensurate reward for Dr. Uduaghan, who is credited with great leadership strides and legacy achievements while he was governor of the state between 2007 and 2015. He had been tested with power and is found competent for the higher national assignment.

It will be an understatement to say that Dr. Uduaghan in his eight years in office as governor institutionalized far-reaching socio-economic reforms and as well provided critical infrastructures for the progress of the state. He was a man of the people while his governorship tenures lasted.

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Most Deltans in all sincerity will continue to remember those revolutionary years when Uduaghan brought positive infrastructural developments to all parts of the state and most importantly his fight for the headlong tackling of militancy in the state.

To those who know Uduaghan and what he represents in the trajectory of Delta State and its developmental narratives, and in his usual political will and characteristics, he is certainly going to Abuja to attract more robust development to his people through quality representation on the floor of the Senate in addition to helping in ensuring good and forward-looking legislations for the growth and democratic stability of the nation.

Many political pundits believe that the former governor, who is contesting the senatorial seat on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is very suitable and ably qualified for the seat in view of his political pedigree over time.

Undoubtedly, this medical doctor-turned politician, who was also the cerebral Secretary to Delta state government at one point in the life of the state is not going to warm the seat in Abuja, but to initiate progressive bills that would be impactful to the people of the senatorial district, Delta State, the Niger Delta Region and the nation at large.

To many progressive citizens of the state and Senatorial district, the belief is that it is indeed the right time to change the docile representation the people had witnessed since the birth of the forth Republic in 1999 with the emergence of Dr. Uduaghan.

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The people are unanimous in their views that the time for a new face to take the senatorial district to the next Level of qualitative and robust representation is now, and that Uduaghan is the right man for the job.

They strongly believe that one cannot be doing the same thing for over nineteen years and expect to get a different result. Only a breath of fresh air and personality change will bring the desired change to the Itsekiri, isoko and Ijaw people of the Senatorial district.

With this mindset and belief, the people are in high spirit and in one accord with Uduaghan’s candidature. It has been a gale of endorsement among the various groups in the Senatorial District.

Indeed, Uduaghan whose candidature has received the nod and blessings of the traditional institutions, religious leaders, political leaders of different divides, market men and women, traders, professionals, the academia, students and youths, artisans, traders, transporters, fishermen and women, farmers, workers and the generality in the grassroots across the Senatorial District will definitely live to the expectations of the people who have much trust in his personality and integrity. For a man with enormous experience in the medical profession and public service, the people are in for a good deal as he hinged his manifestoes on attracting more infrastructural growth, human capital development and empowerment to the people of the district.

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The  former governor, who recently decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), advised the electorates in the Senatorial district to change the old order which had not been beneficial to the people. He urged them to embrace the APC as a political party to make the desired progress in the lives of the people.

The optimism is high that the people of Delta South Senatorial District with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will vote in Uduaghan who has  been politically tested and found to be competent, reliable and up to the task as their Senator in next year’s general elections.

He remains the leading light to illuminate the political space of Delta South and we are convinced that he will not disappoint his teeming supporters and the generality of his people come 2019.

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