2015: Uduaghan Breaks Silence on Successor, Warns Against Blackmail
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan broke his silence on his successor with a charge on all aspirants for the gubernatorial
election in the state to sell their programmes and policies to the
people rather than scheming on how to disqualify fellow aspirants.
Governor Uduaghan who has been evasive on his likely successor noted
that neither he nor any level of scheming could determine the
candidate that would take over from him in 2015 but that the final
choice rested in the hands of God.
Dr. Uduaghan spoke at an Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service
held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s (Anglican Communion),
Asaba to mark the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Delta State on
He cautioned aspirants to “stop running around trying to disqualify
anybody because who God wants to give power, that He will give,
whether you disqualify somebody at the screening stage and God wants
that person, the person will succeed.”
The Governor recalled that in the build up to the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) primaries in 2006, he was disqualified by a screening
committee in Port Harcourt before an appeal panel cleared him to
contest the polls.
“As an aspirant who wants to take over from me, tell the people what
you want to do, let us have a clean electioneering campaign. Who God
wants, He will put in office,” Dr Uduaghan said, stressing, “let the
campaign not be about me, about whom I am supporting or who I am not
supporting, let the campaign be about what you can do for the people.”
He added, “I want to thank everybody that have indicated interest to
take over from me in 2015, it is not easy to make up one’s mind to
contest but, know that there is only a space for one person at a time
for four years.”
Governor Uduaghan said that Delta State has cause to thank God on the
occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the state creation in view of the
giant strides that have been recorded by successive administrations in
According to him, the decision to mark the occasion with a
thanksgiving service was to acknowledge God’s mercies and goodness
towards the Government and people of the state and a means of securing
more favour from the creator.
The Governor said the state has recorded successes and used the
occasion to declare August 27 as Thanksgiving Day for Delta State.
Governor Uduaghan who pronounced August 27 every year as a Day of
Thanksgiving indicated that a bill would be sent to the House of
Assembly to formally proclaim the day and urged the Speaker and
members of the State Assembly to give the bill expeditious
He explained that his administration’s Delta Beyond Oil Programme
was a legacy that would stand the test of time because it involved
going back to economic activities that the people were engaged in
before the discovery of oil.
“We must go back to those things we used to do before oil was
discovered, agriculture, mining, tourism, manufacturing, and others,”
Dr Uduaghan attributed the peace, stability and development in the
state to concerted and sustained prayers and called on the people to
be more united and shun bitterness towards their neighbours.
“What we need now is unity, we must remove every bitterness from our
body, there is so much bitterness and such bitterness can lead to
ethnic strife and security challenges,” the Governor observed,
emphasizing that there is need for change of heart.
The Governor also commended traditional rulers in the state who have
renounced fetish practices to embrace God and appealed to the few
traditional rulers who are yet to embrace Christianity to do so
stating: “When a traditional ruler suppresses God’s activities, that
Kingdom cannot grow.”
National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in a sermon on the need for thanksgiving
observed that such heart of gratitude grants access to God, answers to
prayers, assurance of victory, abundant grace and long life.
He cautioned against unbridled quest for money, noting, “we need money
but, we must not love money, every other evil is linked to the love of
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