Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of Delta State and 2019 Delta South APC senatorial hopeful, has warned that Delta State must not be in the opposition camp after the 2019 general elections.
Dr. Uduaghan gave the warning at Olomoro, Isoko South, where he paid a condolence visit to Chief Lucy Esigie, a chieftain of the APC, on the death of his sister, Mrs. Alice Ogri. Scores of supporters of the new APC leader, gate crashed the venue, on hearing that the former governor was on their soil, being his first public appearance since his defection from PDP to APC. The Delta South Senatorial hopeful, humbled by the eagerness of the growing crowd to hear from him, told the crowd that people from the opposition have not gotten over the shock that hit them since his defection. He said they have been trying to deconstruct the meaning of John the Baptist which he used in his defection statement. They are breaking their heads over it and wondering who and who will Uduaghan take to the APC, adding that his new role as John the Baptist would be to mobilize virtually every PDP member, not just in Delta State, but also in the Niger Delta to the progressives’ fold. Dr. Uduaghan queried if the dividends of governance were reflective of the wealth Delta State produces since, playing opposition three years after he left government and the people chorused a thunderous ‘No!’ Waxing biblical and philosophical, the former governor said, Moses grew up in the palace where everything was comfortable for him but the Lord told him that his people were suffering. He charged Moses to leave the palace so as to liberate them. Thus ha has answered this same call to return to active politics to liberate and unite his people, who have been deeply polarized by the leadership of the PDP. He said he has come over for APC to take over and he is leading the Take Over Squad. He charged the Delta State APC leadership present at the occasion, the people of Isoko and the entire state to get ready because the battle would not be an easy one, but victory was sure for the party if everyone played his or her part well. He specifically warned the youths present to stop fighting for crumbs that the PDP would throw at them, assuring that if they were hard working and purposeful, he would lead them to where they would be empowered for life.