SHADY DEALS: Uduaghan fears opposition....Says 'Blackmail cannot stop me'
In an apparent display of fear of the unknown ahead of the 2011 governorship election in Delta State and the untiring poise of incumbent Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to clinch a second term in office despite glaring indications that he may be heading for the end of the road in his faceless governance.
A statement issued by one of his aides, Mr. Felix Ofou reads: 'It has come to our knowledge that some unscrupulous politicians, in furtherance of their inordinate ambitions and the mistaken belief of an emerging political vacuum have been holding nocturnal meetings with the sole aim of launching series of media attacks on the Delta State Government in the coming weeks'.
Although, Ofou did not disclose the names of the politicians, he said, 'Two of such politicians belonging to separate ethnic groups and one of whom has been a major beneficiary of the patronage of the dominant political family in Delta State have particularly been seeking to recruit reporters, editors and columnists with the hope of blackmailing the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
'Part of the plan is to 'expose' alleged shady deals of the Uduaghan administration through the use of fictitious, cooked up and non-existent figures, all in a desperate bid to put the government on the defensive and ultimately lose credibility.
'While we concede the right of these disgruntled politicians to hold and express opinions on their perception about the Uduaghan administration, let it be known that neither blackmail, witch-hunt nor outright chicanery would dissuade the government from keeping with the electoral promises to Deltans at home and in the Diaspora.
'Governor Uduaghan remains unflinchingly committed to the three point agenda of peace and security, human capital development and infrastructural development. Gang ups, media attacks through sponsored articles and stories, or campaign of calumny cannot distract the government nor make it lose focus