Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has quashed rumours of a quarrel between him and Chief James Ibori over his decision to support Chief Sheriff Oborevwori in his bid for the governorship of Delta State.
Uduaghan the immediate past governor of the state spoke against the public knowledge of the opposition of Ibori to the candidature of Oborevwori on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
GWG.NG reports that Ibori had backed Olorogun David Edevbie who was defeated in the primaries by Oborevwori who was backed by the outgoing governor of the state, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Following judicial altercations that saw Oborevwori’s candidature reaffirmed by the courts, Dr Uduaghan who had been on the fence recently came out to back Oborevwori with his full chest. The decision had spurred rumours that the decision had led to a quarrel between Uduaghan and Ibori who are first cousins.
Rebuffing the insinuations of a quarrel between him and Ibori when he led a delegation of PDP stakeholders from Delta South to Oborevwori on Saturday, Dr Uduaghan said:
“I wasn’t under any form of compulsion to support you. I am at a stage in my life where I do things based on my conviction. The Supreme Court has ratified your candidacy and gave you the go-ahead to campaign. So we are all out to support you. You’re the candidate who has been subjected to court processes the most in Delta. I was the sitting Governor who had been taken to court the most. So we share something in common.”
“I declare today again to stand behind you and every PDP candidate in the forthcoming elections.
After the reassurance, Dr. Uduaghan quickly added a warning that there are landmines ahead which the candidate should be cautious about.
“There is still a lot to be done before the elections. You need to pass through the heat you’re passing through now in order to be Governor. God has blessed you. Don’t take it for granted. Hold him close because there are bumpier hurdles ahead.”
Uduaghan addressing claims of a quarrel between him and Ibori over the support for Oborevwori, the former governor said:
“Chief Ibori and I are not quarrelling over this matter. He has accepted my latest decision to support you. He may publicly declare his stance soon and I know he loves the party more than all of us.”
He also spared a word for party faithfuls. “If you say you’re behind somebody, stay there. If you think you will remain in the PDP and be working for a candidate of another party, in no time, you will be found out. You will not be trusted by those whom you betray your party for. Please if you’re here, stay here because politics is a very slippery venture.
He charged everyone to support the Atiku/Okowa Presidential ticket even more vigorously as they support the Speaker.
“I want to plead that the issue of our party’s Presidential ticket be taken seriously like the Governorship. The Vice-Presidential candidate -Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is the first person from our state who has achieved this feat. Hate him or like him, he is a Deltan. Let us support him. His emergence will be to all of our interests.”
An elated Sheriff Oborevwori in his response thanked Dr. Uduaghan overwhelmingly for paying him this visit and declared that the visit is a “great show of love” from his leader and former Governor. He revealed that he has been trying to be the first to come visit Dr. Uduaghan but was beaten to it by his big-hearted leader.
“Your Excellency, Your name has been trending in the media because of your recent decision. Another move that struck my heart was when you went to your LGA and Ward to campaign 5/5 for us. This is very dear to me. I am happy that you’re campaigning for your brother Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. I am not the most qualified but I believe it is the will of God. My life’s story is like that of David in the Bible. I appreciate you for believing in our 5/5 and also reaching out to people to ensure that the party puts up a united front ahead of the elections.
I am a man with excessive local content. That was one of the reasons you appointed me Special Adviser in your administration. I have said this severally but let me say it before you sir. Raising the hand of someone who contested against your daughter is very moving to me. You have shown us that we should not sacrifice the general interest of the party for personal interest. You will be remembered by history for a long long time”.