I Had 19 Election Cases Against Me Within 7 Years, Says Uduaghan
.To offer N2m cost awarded in his favour to church
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed on Sunday that a total of 19 cases presided over by 77 judges/justices were instituted against him by his political opponents since May 29, 2007 when he assumed office.
Governor Uduaghan made the disclosure at a special thanksgiving service to celebrate his recent victory at the Supreme Court in the suit instituted against him by the gubernatorial candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) in the 2011 governorship polls, Chief Great Ogboru.
Dr. Uduaghan promised at the thanksgiving service, which held at the First Baptist Church, Warri to donate the N2 million costs awarded in his favour against counsel to Ogboru by the Supreme Court, to the church.
According to the Governor, the thanksgiving service was held to appreciate God who had given him victories in the several cases that were instituted against him by his political opponents since his emergence as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2007 governorship polls.
'For us, this thanksgiving is very important and critical. If you know our political history, since 2007 it has been a long struggle,' the Governor said, adding, 'we had 19 cases within the last seven years and a total of 77 judges were involved and I hear that is the highest recorded number of cases in Nigeria today against any politician.'
He noted: 'In all of these, it is not by the power of our lawyers or the knowledge of anyone but by the grace of God,' observing, 'in this last case, the Supreme Court imposed a fine and warned the lawyer never to bring the case to the court again.
'The case wasn't my case, it was God's case and I have told my lawyers to bring the two million naira fine in favour of me to this church because I dedicated the flag given to me as the PDP candidate for the election in this church.'
He noted that the next one year would be very critical 'but, God has been faithful, God is our King, our Lord and whenever you believe in God, you will have the type of results that I got.'
The Governor's wife, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan at the occasion called for prayers for Governor Uduaghan to finish strong and for a God-fearing person to succeed her husband who will consolidate and improve on the gains of the current administration.
In a sermon, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Justus Mogekwu had explained, 'in giving praise and thanksgiving we recognize God's virtue and in recognising God's virtue, we encourage Him to do more for us.'
He noted that the victory against Chief Great Ogboru at the Supreme Court was a victory for Delta State as it could have meant starting afresh and rendering a lot of persons jobless, adding, it would have amounted to someone who works for the interest of the people giving way for someone who will put selfish interest first above other considerations.
The Bishop called on Christians to always put their faith in God rather than man and also pray positively for their enemies since vengeance belongs to God.
Prayers were offered at the service for President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and family, Nigeria and Delta State in particular.