Delta: PDP governorship aspirants, governor Uduaghan draw daggers

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Governorship aspirants in Delta State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP)  are currently waging a serious war between them and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on who succeeds him (the Governor)  in 2015. They have vowed to resist, in its entirety, moves by the Governor to single-handedly pick his successor by manipulating the process.

The aspirants made this known in a nine-point Communiqué issued at the end of their meeting at the house of Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja. They stated that the Governor was using state resources and machinery to intimidate and harass dissenting voices resisting his moves to plant his stooge as governor, adding that they will not accept that.

The fourteen aspirants said that "an outgoing  Governor who won his re-election with less than 10,000 votes can not alone, deliver Delta State for Mr President's election bid without the support of all stakeholders in the Party. In fact PDP will loose Delta State because of the Governor's conduct and behaviour, unless the National Working Committee intervenes urgently to arrest the drift in the party".

They also revealed a raging battle for the soul of the party in Delta State between incumbent Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and former Governor James Ibori who is his cousin. They added that the supremacy battle between the two family members was weakening the party's electoral chances in the state.

The governorship hopefuls called on the NWC of the party to, as a matter of urgency, act to save it from imminent electoral crisis as it was being reduced to a family patrimony.

The aspirants include, Barr. Ovie Omo-Agege, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Chief Peter Okocha, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma Oyibode and Chief David Edevbie. Others are, Chief Clement Ofuani, Prof. Sylvester Monye, Dame Esther Uduehi, Rt. Hon. Sam Obi, Chief Johnson Opone, Chief Godswill Obielum and Chief Peter Okocha.

Governor Uduaghan had last week made it open that he was supporting an aspirant - Mr Tony Obuh and had given him a bullet proof SUV prior to the latter's November 7 formal declaration for his campaign. It will be recalled that the Governor had already bought forms to pursue his senatorial ambition for  Delta South. Meanwhile, the Senator representing that district, Senator James Manager has been given an automatic ticket by the PDP, locking out Uduaghan.

It is important to note that all the aspirants from Delta North where the governorship is allegedly zoned to, are kicking against the choice of Mr Tony Obuh as Dr Uduaghan's successor come 2015.

Some of them who spoke with Factnewsonline said the Governor was "fighting the battle of his life to see he remains politically relevant, having tried woefully with Mr President".

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