Uduaghan Dumps APC, Returns To PDP

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Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file).

 

Former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has today returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dr Uduaghan today officially made a return to his former party where he served as secretary to the government and governor for eight years.

The former governor was received back into the PDP fold today at his ward, Aigborodo Ward 6, in Warri North Local Government Council of Delta State.

Mr. Uduaghan told Channels Television that for several months now, he has been persuaded to return to the PDP.

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The former governor of Delta State defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in August of 2018.

At the time, he said in a statement titled ‘Moving On To The Bigger Playing Field’, that he decided to join the ruling party because of the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s effort in tackling the crisis in the south-south region.

In 2019, Uduaghan went on to contest for the Delta South senatorial district but lost to James Manager.

The former governor and the APC challenged the result up until the appellate court but lost to his PDP opponent, Senator James Manager.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

NHRC Wrong To Indict Me Of Electoral Malpractice – Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan, NHRCFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Reacting to the accusation, he said that the NHRC did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him.

The former governor added that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

He noted that if the commission had studied the case, they would not recommend him for prosecution.

Mr Uduaghan also expressed concern over the refusal of the NHRC to invite him to hear his side before making its report public.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

Jonathan Commissions Federal High Court In Asaba

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the new Ultra Modern Federal High Court complex in Asaba on Wednesday, December 3.

President Jonathan, represented by the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, pointed out that the presence of High Court in virtually every state of the federation is a good development as it would bring justice closer to the people while commending the Chief Judge and other Justices of the court for their hard work and immeasurable support for his administration’s resolve to hold accountable all the perpetrators of terrorist acts across the country.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta, commended the efforts of the state government in ensuring that the Federal High Court was established in Delta State, stating that “Delta State now has not only one Division but two Divisions, one in Asaba as well as one in Warri”.

‎During his speech, President Jonathan also commended the Federal High Court for its implementation of innovative reform measures determined to expand access to justice and bring it closer to Nigerians.

He observed that the access to High Court by Nigerians would not have been possible if deliberate steps are not taken to ensure the presence of the court in virtually every state in the federation.

Delta State Governor Condemns Abduction Of 14 Journalists

Delta-State-Civil-Service-UduaghanThe Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has strongly condemned the recent kidnap of 14 journalists who had gone for an official assignment at the 16 billion Delta Gas City project in Ogidigben.

Speaking at a public lecture organised by the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Delta State chapter, to mark the opening of their press week with the theme ‘Reporting The 2015 General Elections’, he stated that the President has directed thorough investigation into the incident and that anyone found culpable would be handled by security agencies.

Dr Emmanuel emphasized that the Gas City Project was sited in Delta State despite the project being originally billed for Koko.

He explained that it had to be relocated to the present site at Ogidigben because of the shallow nature of the waters at the initial location, noting that if President Jonathan had ulterior motives he could have taken it to another state.

Dr Uduaghan also apologized to all journalists in Nigeria for the ugly incident in which the Channels Television crew and some other journalists were held hostage, adding that the act itself was unfortunate.

He commended the Delta State Council of NUJ for being peaceful and challenged journalists to be objective in reporting the forthcoming 2015 elections. He also gave an assurance to journalists in Delta State that his administration would build and complete a befitting secretariat for the Delta State Council of the NUJ.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Femi Adeshina, during his presentation, said that the success of the 2015 general elections would depend on the media, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

He urged the media to beam its spotlight on all involved in politics and ensure that the game is played according to the rules in an impartial and objective manner.

He, however, condemned irresponsible reporting especially in the social media, by those who do not subscribe to ethics of journalism.

The National President of NUJ, Mohammed Garba, who was represented by the Deputy National President, Rotimi Obamuwagun, urged the State Government to leave a legacy behind by helping the NUJ to build and complete the proposed permanent secretariat.

Governor Uduaghan Tells Governorship Aspirants To Avoid Divisive Actions

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Governorship aspirants in Delta State have been told to desist from engaging in divisive actions that are capable of breaching the peace of the state and urged them to be truthful.

The Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, gave the admonition in Asaba during the swearing-in ceremony of the elected Chairmen of Ndokwa East and Ethiope East local government councils, Mrs Nkechi Chukwurah and Mrs Faith Majemite respectively.

Dr. Uduaghan pointed out that during the Ward congresses, there were meetings with the governorship aspirants, where every aspirant and leader contributed to the emergence of the delegates through a consensus list, which they signed and applauded the free and fair nature of the congress that brought up the delegates list.

The governor urged the newly sworn-in chairmen to concentrate on the area of security, payment of staff salaries and ensure that they engage in progressive projects in their local government areas, noting that women are doing well in the politics of Delta State.

Later, at a meeting attended by leaders of People Democratic Party, the governor declared his ambition to run for the Delta South Senatorial District.

Meanwhile,the leaders of the party has elected Chief Edwin Uzor as the acting chairman of the party.

The highpoint of the meeting was the motion moved by the former state chairman, Mr Peter Nwaoboshi for the retention of the Ward delegates list without alterations as prepared by the elders and leaders of the party. This was seconded by the majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Mr Hob Igbuya.

Delta State Restructures Civil Service, Appoints New HOS, 12 PS

Delta StateA new Head of State Civil Service (HOS), three Special Advisers and 12 Permanent Secretaries were sworn in on Monday at the Unity Hall, Government House Asaba, by the Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.

According to the Governor, the appointment of the Special Advisers is aimed at strengthening his administration’s drive of finishing strong.

The position of Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries, he said, are political because a lot of things are considered while appointing Permanent Secretaries and Head of Service, which include personal integrity, wealth of experience and proven record of performance.

He noted that the appointment of 12 new permanent secretaries was done to fill vacancies in the State Civil Service, occasioned by retirements.

Governor Uduaghan added that the responsibility to harness the resources of the state and bring about a new lease of life to meet the expectations of the people must be taken seriously by a government.

The newly appointed Head of Service, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries, at separate times took the oath of office before moving ahead to append their signatures before the Governor.

The new Delta State Head of Service pledged his commitment to uphold the ethos of the civil service, adding that he would have zero tolerance for all acts of indiscipline in the civil service.

The new Permanent Secretaries include Mr. Benson Oburoh, Mr. Peter Isibor, Mrs. Alice Akpoghene, Mr. Lucky Adjohwenyo, Dr. (Mrs.) M.I. Oseji, Mr. Frank Isume, Mr. D.M.O. Eyide, Mr. Arthur Prest-Umukoro, and Mrs. Philo Ajufo.

Others for the teaching service (Post Primary Education Board) are Mr. Okoro Dan Okpako, Mrs. Ugbomah Lauretta, and Mr. Agbegha Coleman.

Agricultural Reform: Delta State Resuscitates Research and Training Centre

Delta StateThe transformational reform of the Delta State agricultural sector has started producing results, beginning with the Integrated Research and Training Centre, Songhai-Delta, Amukpe located in Sapele Local Government Council.

During an unscheduled inspection tour to the facility, Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, expressed delight at the turn of events in the farm and urged the management to improve on the capacity of local farmers particularly in the processing and packaging of the agricultural produce.

Dr. Uduaghan also promised to remove the supervision from civil service bureaucracy at the Ministry of Agricultural and place it directly under the Governor’s Office for optimal performance.

The Executive Consultant to Songhai Delta, Dr. Theophilus Okpidi, who took the Governor and his team on the tour around various sections of the farm, pointed out that a lot has been done to revive the farm.

He suggested that more equipment would be needed to take it a step further.

Meanwhile, the once neglected and abandoned facility had already started bustling with activities for both food and crop cultivation, fisheries, animal rearing and production of local fruit drinks.

It has also become a place to be for farmers and individuals interested in the agricultural sector, including interns in agricultural departments from different schools across the nation.

The Integrated Research and Training Centre is an integrated farm, training and research centre, which comprises of departments such as livestock, agro, crops, training and others.

It is expected that the resuscitation of the farm would reduce the rate of unemployment for young people in Delta State, who can in turn be employers of labour in their various farms.

At 23, Delta State Has Come A Long Way – Governor Uduaghan

Delta StateThe Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, believes that Delta State has come out greater despite being created amidst controversies, especially those surrounding the location of the state capital.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Uduaghan noted that although “a lot still has to be done” he was happy that “in the last 23 years, a lot has been done in terms of infrastructure” and this has impacted on the lives of the people.

He said that the major challenges in terms of infrastructure would be power, school, hospitals, water, transportation and the state has done well in these regards and continues to do more.

The Governor also spoke about the state’s developmental strategy, ‘Delta Beyond Oil’, which has been his administration’s focus.

He explained that the strategy has been approached in two ways. One arm was to create the infrastructure that would bring in investments into the state and the other arm was to empower citizens with tools for economic productivity through the state’s micro-credit facility.

He also explained that the Government has been able to set its priorities in terms of infrastructure. While power, seaport and the airport would be targeted at creating enabling environment for investment, social amenities like healthcare, schools, water, and others meant for the comfort of the citizens have also been taken very seriously.

Governor Uduaghan, however, noted that the notable development of the state has also created an influx of people into the state, thereby creating congestion in certain places. He cited the establishment of an airport and the development in the health sector among the social facilities impacting on the state’s population.

The Governor believes that Local Government Areas should be better empowered to enable the states develop better. He mentioned the payment of teachers’ salaries as one of the areas in which the roles of the State and Local Government should be better defined, noting that LGAs as they are currently cannot handle such roles.

State Creation

There were questions on the economic impact of creating new states in Nigeria, in a situation where the cost of runningDelta State governments have been considered high, but the Delta Governor believes that the new states and the civil service jobs that come with them could also be seen as a way of empowering the people.

He noted that people should now learn from Delta State’s strategy of ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ by creating alternative sources of economic empowerment for the people.

He applauded the Federal Government’s initiative in Agriculture with special mention of the Minister of Agriculture’s recent promotion of home-grown rice.

While admitting that the challenge of any new state is usually funding, the Governor, however, was of the opinion that for the agitation for state creation to be reduced, there must be a way of ensuring that there is even development across Nigeria.

The National Conference, in its final submission on state creation, recommended the creation of Anioma State from the current Delta and the Governor says that this does not underline a problem peculiar to Delta State but one for the entire Nigeria as the agitation for new states is always an ongoing request.

Despite the government’s emphasis on peace, love and unity among the Delta State people, the agitation by the Anioma people would seem to be disappointing for the Governor but he said that it was not, as he believes that ethnic groups would always have reasons to agitate but what should be given attention are the factors that cause ethnic distrust – development, empowerment, inclusion and other issues.

Delta Sports

Delta State is known for outstanding performances in the area of sport and the conversation naturally tilted in the direction of its impact on the average Delta youth.

Governor Uduaghan revealed that the secret behind the successes was the decision of the government to professionalize the sector in a manner that professional sportsmen and women are put in charge of managing the state’s sport programmes.

Supported by infrastructures to support their programmes, he said that the citizens and especially the youths have grown to see sport successes as part of their lives.

Governor Uduaghan noted that any Delta State Governor who fails to win at least one National Sports Festival would have that used against him as a campaign tool.

Ready To Curb Ebola

Governor Uduaghan also said that the Government has made adequate preparations to prevent the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the state and to control its spread if at all it finds its way into the state.

He gave a brief insight into the strategies that have been put in place to ensure that the people are not caught unaware, adding that sensitization has also been one of their major activities in recent weeks.

He noted that the isolation centres have been built in different places in the state but the locations have not been made public to avoid protests from the citizens who would not want to have them around due to ignorant beliefs.

Dr. Uduaghan also decried the circumstances surrounding the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease to Port Harcourt in Rivers State. He wondered why a medical doctor would decide to treat a patient of Ebola in an hotel, despite the level of knowledge he must have had of the virus.

He said that as a professional, he felt bad that a colleague would ignore some basic things that must have been taught from his days in medical school.

Development Has Justified Creation Of Delta State – Akpeki

Delta StateThe Delta State Commissioner for Housing, Paulinus Akpeki, believes that the level of development in their region of the old Bendel State and the ethnic harmony that now existed have justified the creation of Delta State.

Mr Akpeki was speaking on the Friday edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, where discussions bordered on the celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Delta State.

Speaking on the rationale behind the creation of the State, he recalled that there had been a high level of discontentment and complaints of marginalization from different ethnic groups in the old Bendel State.

He explained that if Delta State had not been created, a number of the rural areas would not have experienced the level of development they have. He said that while a lot of people feel that the Delta State capital, Asaba, was the main city in the state, Delta actually has about 23 good cities which were in the past marginalized.

Akpeki, who was once the Commissioner for Orientation and Communication in the state, said that access to the leadership of the state has also contributed to the growth of the state, as the creation of the state had brought about a better level of closeness between the leaders and the people.

He spoke about the transformation that the state had experienced since its creation in different sectors ranging from road construction, to healthcare, education, commerce and other areas of the economy. He cited towns like Warri and Ugheli as having experienced remarkable transformation.

With the ability of the Governor to easily identify and address all projects going on the state, “the government has been able to instil that trust in the people”, he said, adding that the State Governor has particularly focused on preaching peace and love among the people as a major ingredient for development.

With the creation of Delta State, Akpeki believes the idea of creating more states as recommended by the National Conference was justified, and their recommendation of Anioma State to be created from the current Delta was driven by the need for further development rather than ethnic differences. However, he said that development was not just about creating more states but restructuring governance and distribution of funds.

Akpeki was part of the constitutional conference in the past and he said that a 2-tier government made of the federal and state would have been better for Nigeria because Local Governments are not able to do what is expected of them.

He explained that states still carry out majority of the functions that should have been the role of the Local Government thereby putting pressure on funds that could have been deployed into other needs. He said that states would have been under less pressure if the LGAs were more productive.

He was, however, reluctant to suggest the 2-tier government for the current Nigeria.

On youth development, Akpeki, who was the youngest member of the House of Representatives in the old Bendel during the second republic, said that the Government of Delta State has also set good examples by giving ample space to the youths to excel, not just academically but also by being part of government.

Delta Communities Hosting Ogidigben Gas City Pledge Support For Project

Emmanuel UduaghanThe Communities that make up the $16 Billion Ogidigben Gas City [Export Processing Zone] have resolved to stop further acrimony and inciting actions to ensure that the project is peacefully executed.

At a meeting held at the Government House, Asaba presided over by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the communities resolved to stop all negative publications against the Ogidigben Gas City project and continue to live peacefully among themselves.

Speaking at the parley, Governor Uduaghan said it was important for the people of the area to see the Gas City project as a project which will not only be beneficial to the host communities, the state, and the nation but, also of great importance to the international community.

The Governor, who commended the host communities for agreeing to stop all forms of hostilities, set up a fact-finding committee headed by his Deputy, Professor Amos Utuama to consolidate on the resolutions reached at the Town Hall meeting.

Dr Uduaghan also lauded the determination of President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure successful take-off of the project, stating that as an individual, he is fully in support of the programmes of President Jonathan’s administration.

Members of the committee, which included five persons from each of the host communities are, the Commissioners for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pira; Lands and Survey, Sir Patrick Ferife; State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Charles Ajuyah, representatives of the Police, Navy and the State Security Services.

Those who spoke on behalf of the host communities at the meeting which was attended by the Ugborodo Community, Gbaramatu Community, Sekegboro/Yokro Community, Kpokpo/Fregene Family and the Ilaje/Ilesame family commended Governor Uduaghan for attracting the project to Delta State, stating that they are aware of the devastating effects of war and as such, they would toe the line of peace at all times for them to have full benefits from the Gas City Project.

It is hoped that the Gas City project will bring many other projects to the host communities especially, gas processing facilities, petrochemical industries, deep sea port, among others when it finally takes off.

Jibril Aminu Advises Media Practitioners On Developmental Journalism

Jubril AminuFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Jibril Aminu, has advised journalists to refrain from writing and publishing inciting reports capable of destabilizing the unity of Nigeria.

Speaking at an event organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja, Senator Aminu said that partisan and inciting positions by media practitioners would not help the cause of the Nigerian nation.

With an advice to media practitioners to embrace developmental journalism, he stressed the need for journalists to play a positive role in uniting and developing the nation.

The Nigerian Guild of Editors had met in Abuja to raise funds for the building of its secretariat and this drew a gathering of politicians and big wigs in the media industry.

While the governors of Edo and Delta State, were of the view that promoting the unity and well-being of Nigeria as a nation should be the priority of every Nigerian, especially media practitioners, a doyen of journalism and former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, in his keynote address canvassed for the devolution of powers.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, however, applauded the role of the media in promoting democratic ideals.

The event is the first of its kind since 1962 when the Nigerian Guild of Editors came into being.