Uduaghan Withdraws From Senatorial Race

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Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan has withdrawn from the race to the National Assembly to represent Delta South Senatorial District.

The Governor announced his withdrawal this evening at the New Government House, Asaba. There he explained that the step became necessary considering the fragile peace in the state.

Uduaghan's withdrawal coming barely 48hours to the primary, leaves the sitting Senator James Manager as the sole candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) being returned unopposed.

The Governor explained that after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu today, it became necessary to step down. He said the political situation in Delta State was critically examined and considering his position as the Chief Security Officer of the State, stepping down became inevitable for the sake of peace.

He used the opportunity to debunk rumours that he was forced to step down. Assuring that it was a sacrifice he needed to make for the sake of peace, he claimed the action will enable him attend to national issues and also work hard for the Party's remaining primaries and general election. He appealed to his followers not to be angry with him as his action was "in consideration of the political and security tension which has built up in recent times".

It would be recalled that the Ijaws have been threatening to resume militancy if the Governor should replace Senator James Manager, an Ijaw man at the Red Chambers. The recent misunderstanding between Chief Government Ekpemukolo aka Tompolo and the Governor through his right hand man - Emami Ayiri, has further soured the relationship between the Ijaws and the Itsekiris.

To this, the Governor said “peace is worth more than election victory”.

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