The Parliament Diary

…Says I am supporting you out of my personal conviction, you will do well if elected.

By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq


Former governor of Delta State and a Pan Deltan, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has said that the good people of the State will benefit in multifaceted ways if the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rt Hon Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orohwedor, is elected governor in 2023.

Uduaghan gave the assurance at a special meeting of the Federal Government College, Warri Old Students Association in Effurun on Sunday, saying that he had to come out openly to support Oborevwori, so as to kill fake news  making the rounds that he was against his governorship ambition.

The former governor who is popularly known as “Asamaigor” due to his friendly disposition and high sense of humour, disclosed that he was never against Oborevwori’s candidature,  pointing out that transition of political power in constitutional democracies from an incumbent governor to a nongovernor has never been on a platter of gold, judging from past experiences in political power transitions in Delta State and around the world.

Uduaghan noted that the heat associated with struggles for political power can be likened to unavoidable heat taken by the kettle in the process of boiling water for tea consumption, adding that Oborevwori is obviously battling with his fair share of “the heat” but that at the end he will surely overcome by the grace of God.

“I am sincerely excited that you are here today. I was never and still not against your governorship ambition. It has been trending on social media that I have finally decided to support your candidature.

“I had to come out openly to support you, so as to kill the rumours making the rounds that I am against your governorship ticket.  No, I am not and will never go against you.

“I am supporting you based on my personal conviction. Deltans will benefit alot if you are elected governor of Delta State. This is the simple truth.

“Transition of power from one governor to another has never been easy. It’s like the heat that boils hot water for tea consumpton. Tea has to go through hot water for it to be drinkable 

“You have been going through fair share of the heat but you will surely succeed at the end in Jesus Name, Amen,” Uduaghan said.

Responding, Delta PDP Governorship candidate and the longest serving Speaker since the creation of the state, Rt Hon Oborevwori Sheriff Francis Orohwedor, said when he saw his boss’s (Uduaghan) car at the meeting venue, he was shocked because nobody hinted him of the former governor’s intention to attend the meeting. 

“My boss (Uduaghan), it is a privilege and honour to be here today. I got the information that the old students of the Federal Government College, Warri are having a meeting and I decided to come over here to greet them, but didn’t know my boss will be here too. 

“When I got here and saw your car, I was shocked and I am happy meeting you here. H.E Uduaghan is a very humble, very calm and a  very focused leader. He is a man of little words, but full of actions because I have worked with him when he appointed me as Special Adviser on Security. I thank you, Sir”. 

“I am part of your product, because if I am bad, you have a bad product. Your Excellency, I am here to greet you and use this medium to talk to you. Thank God I have the opportunity to address the house for few minutes. This is not a political rally, I know some will not like it but as a Warri boy, I know you will like it. 

“I know the terrain very well, I know what the people need and I believe this is the opportunity for Delta Central to produce yet another Governor. I have served for five and half years as a Speaker in the most vibrant House of Assembly in this country.

“And as the Deputy National Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of States Legislature of Nigeria, no Speaker in the history of Delta State has spent three years in office, and no Speaker has transited from one Assembly to another Assembly, and no Speaker has held position at the national level. I am the only one in this category, and to God be the Glory!

“The primaries of our party have come and gone and this is the time for all of us to come together as one family and work together to win the election and I will not disappoint Deltans if elected Governor next year,” Oborevwori assured.

Earlier, Chairman of FEGOCOWOSA Warri Home Branch, Prince Akpobome Ejinyere, commended the efforts of the Delta State PDP Governorship Candidate, Rt Hon Oborevwori, for deeming it necessary to storm their meeting, pointing out that expectations from Deltans when elected as Governor in 2023, are high. 

He equally expressed gratitude to the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Uduaghan, an old student of the Federal Government College, Warri for identifying with them.

Oborevwori was accompanied by the Deptuy Chief Whip of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Solomon Ighrakpata, and member representing Warri South Constituency One cum Chairman, House Committee on Health,  Hon Augustine Uroye, JP.

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