Independence Day: Uduaghan speaks on his successor

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In an emotive farewell speech, delivered during this year’s Independence Day anniversary celebration (his last Independence anniversary as governor) Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State, told his listeners that he knew the aspirants that would not succeed him in 2015.

Uduaghan explained that while his successor waits in the womb of time, that he has asked God not to allow the position fall into wrong hands. According to him, it was based on that conviction that he declared that no sponsor of incitement and troublemaker would succeed him come May 29, 2015.

While speaking at the celebration, which took place at the Cenotaph in Asaba, the Delta State capital, Uduaghan had this to say: "Some people are somewhere cooking up evil, cooking up things that will disorganize the society. They say if they are not having it, let's pull him down, let's pull Delta State down but let me assure that person that I've gone being pulled down. But they will never succeed".

Waxing philosophical, the Governor launched into the enormity of ingratitude inherent within the political class, "the money used for this pull down syndrome was acquired from this State Government under my leadership. I'm only telling them to remember and fear God" he said.

Addressing an attentive crowd of commissioners, party leaders, politicians, women, paramilitary, youths, members of NYSC, and several others, the Governor told those concocting evil against the state to know that good will always triumph against evil. "I have seen it all before. If you are part of those who are forging and digging up documents, sending them to all sorts of places, no matter how much you hide the truth, it will come out" he said.

He went on to explain that anyone aspiring to be governor of the state should be able to convince the electorate on what he would do for them. He however warned trouble makers that security operatives in the state were ready and capable of stopping them and maintaining the peace.

As part of the celebration, the Governor empowered by Section 212 of the Nigerian Constitution, pardoned three prisoners who were sentenced to death while nine others got their pardon with the conversion of their death sentences to imprisonment of varied lengths of time.

Commending the armed forces for putting their lives on the line for the people, he urged Boko Haram to use the anniversary as a day of reflection on what they were doing. He reminded the people the need to continue to pray for and support President Goodluck Jonathan as he was facing so much challenge. "Civilians and military have ruled this country but no President has faced the challenges President Goodluck Jonathan is facing. So he requires our prayers and support" he concluded.

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