Why South-South, South-East govs met

THE SUN Newspaper

Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday said that last week’s meeting between South East governors and their counterparts from South-South was not to ensure merger between People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All People’s Grand Alliance (APGA).

The meeting, which held in Asaba, Delta State capital, had in attendance PDP governors from Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states sitting side-by-side with their APGA counterpart from Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi. The meeting endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP for the April 2011 elections.

Answering questions from newsmen yesterday, Uduaghan said the meeting was intended to seek APGA’s support and votes for President Jonathan.
“The meeting does not represent a merger. We (PDP) have a presidential candidate. APGA does not have a presidential candidate. The meeting is part of strategies adopted for the April presidential elections in the South-East and South-South,” the governor said.

He revealed that all the geo-political zones would be reached, as part of strategies to ensure the return of the president in the April polls, adding that efforts were on to build confidence in northern PDP governors, whose states voted for Jonathan during the primaries.

On his experience while he was out office for two months, Uduaghan said that the period gave him time to reappraise his administration as well as provided an opportunity for him to understand people better.
According to him, “there are many who are trustworthy but there are some who are fair weather friends. When it is good, it is good and when it is bad, it is bad.”
He said that the outcome of the re-run elections, in which he defeated his opponents, was complex, adding that his party was still analysing the results, vis-à-vis the spread of votes cast, especially in the Delta Central Senatorial District.

He said efforts were on to bring back aggrieved members of the PDP to the fold before the April elections, but admitted: “There is a category that you cannot convince, no matter what you give to them.”
Uduaghan said of such category: “All that can be done is to keep watching them because they can be mischievous.”


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