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Uduaghan’s car largesse splits Delta House of Assembly


The inordinate exclusion of two members of the Delta State House of Assembly from the recent car largesse given to lawmakers by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan generating appalling developments.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan had on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 given out Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) to 27 of the 29 members of the House, excluding two members, Abel Oshevire, representing Ughelli Constituency II and Friday Omodjae (Ughelli Constituency I) counterpart, whom he accused of hobnobbing with his perceived opponents.

The two legislators have been accused of supporting the Political Adviser to Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ominimini Obieuwevwi and Senator Adegor Eferekaye, representing Delta Central to campaign for a 2011 governorship aspirant, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG).The duo was present at a recent forum where a vote of no confidence was passed on the Uduaghan-led administration for what they described as its “illusionary and greedy second term bid”.Although the lawmakers were said to have been unperturbed by the governor's largesse, even as others hailed the governor's action describing the steps taken by the two lawmakers as “betrayal of trust”.

Recall that former Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG) during James Ibori's corrupt administration, Barrister Ovie Omo-Agege was recently endorsed for the 2011 gubernatorial election by the Anioma Political Congress, while Secretary to Delta State Government under Governor Uduaghan, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa formally announced his decision to disengage from his appointment with effect from July 15, 2010 in furtherance of his political aspiration.

The Delta North Stakeholders Forum had on the same day passed a vote of no confidence on Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and his administration describing his three years in office as "a project of monumental deception."The group accused Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan led administration of having nothing to show for the over N650 billion received from the Federation Account and endorsed a 10-Point Communiqué to enthrone true democracy in the State.

Why Delta North adopts Omo-Agege for 2011
The decision of the Delta North Stakeholders' Forum to support Ovie Omo-Agege for the gubernatorial race come 2010 is hinged on the fact that Omo-Agege had pledged not to contest for a second term after 2010 since the Delta North people wants to occupy the governorship seat by all means in 2015.At a town hall meeting organized by the Delta North Stakeholders' Forum of the state's chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Asaba, the forum disassociated the Delta North Senatorial District and its people from Uduaghan re-election campaign.

The communiqué signed by the chairman of the forum, Chief Joe Onyekpe and its nine coordinators across the senatorial district, accused the governor of parading Ibori's projects after squandering the state's N650 billion within three years. "We make bold to state that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan's entire regime is a project of monumental deception that has nothing to show for the over N650 billion so far collected from the federation account since its inception in May 29, 2007”.