Ijaw group adopts Uduaghan for second tenure

THE SUN Newspaper-Chioma Igbokwe

Last Sunday was like home coming for Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan as the Ijaw community in Lagos converged on the Navy Barracks in Lagos to accord him a reception.
The forum, which was like a gathering of the entire Ijaw ethnic group in Lagos congregated at the behest of Niger Delta activist, Comrade Joseph Evah, had the high, low and mighty in attendance.
The forum also served as medium for the governor to give a roll call of his achievements and efforts to make the state better than he met it three years ago.

As Uduaghan stood in the sun for close to one hour taking questions from his people on how he has been managing the affairs of the state, he made efforts to convince them that he has been a reliable steward.
The function had in attendance, elder statesman, Chief Edwin K. Clark as the chairman, while other Ijaw dignitaries like the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Marvel Akpoyibo, the former NDDC MD, Mr. Timi Alaibe were all also part of the large crowd.
In a speech to welcome the governor, Evah, the convener, extolled the achievements of the governor and assured him of the strong support of his people to give him the mandate the second time.

“We have assessed what you have done in the state towards development, security, peace among the citizens, infrastructure provision and the rest and have come to the conclusion that you have not disappointed us. We, therefore, here and now affirm that you have satisfied our yearnings and no reason not to ask that you continue with the works you have started because it is not wise to drop a winning candidate. Leadership is about delivery of the dividends of governance to the people and the society, and that you have done. So, we wholeheartedly ask that you have our mandate to continue and contest again in 2011 as the constitution demands to lead Delta State further”, Evah assured him.

As he took the floor, Uduaghan who the people later gave an award for his initiatives highlighted the strides that have shaped his administration. He noted that the administration built 250 new homes for victims of the bombing of Gbaramatu Kingdom by the joint military onslaught.
He also said the glory for whatever achievements of the government should be a shared benefit of all the people of the state and especially members of his team.

Uduaghan said the products of his administration are a fallout of teamwork, and “indeed, a team made of dedicated experts who love their state and ready to give their best for it. It gives me joy to remember that Delta State is no longer known for insecurity. We are sure of the safety of our people and a peaceful co-existence of the various segments. In our efforts to provide for the good of the state, we have not been partial, but have spread infrastructure distribution equitably to make sure no part is left out. We have also tackled poverty unsparingly through our eradication projects.”


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