Ud­u­aghan Vows to Turn Delta APC into Elec­tion-win­ning Party

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA - Omon-Julius Onabu in As­aba

Chair­man the newly in­au­gu­rated Delta State 2019 Cam­paign Coun­cil and im­me­di­ate past gov­er­nor of the state, Dr. Em­manuel Eweta Ud­u­aghan, has promised to atone for his al­leged ‘sin’ of se­ri­ally con­sti­tut­ing a stum­bling block to Chief Great Ovedje Og­boru’s am­bi­tion of be­com­ing state gov­er­nor since 2007, by en­sur­ing that Og­boru wins the 2019 gov­er­nor­ship race.

Delta State APC gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date in the 2019 elec­tion, Og­boru, who per­son­ally took charge of the cam­paign coun­cil in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony held at of the Orchid Ho­tel, As­aba, noted that the body would be chaired by Ud­u­ag­jan, the man who he said had pub­licly con­fessed to hav­ing been the stum­bling block to his (Og­boru’s) gov­er­nor­ship am­bi­tion in the past.

Speak­ing af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the cam­paign coun­cil at the week­end in As­aba, the two-term state gov­er­nor on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), said what the lead­ers of the APC lacked, and which pre­vi­ously led to the party’s fail­ure, was what he called “a win­ning men­tal­ity”.

Ud­u­aghan, who noted that any party that could not se­cure elec­toral vic­tory would re­main in per­pet­ual op­po­si­tion and its mem­bers po­lit­i­cally ir­rel­e­vant with­out vic­tory at elec­tion, said he was in the APC to guide Og­boru and the APC in the state on the se­cret path to elec­toral suc­cess.

He promised to hold Og­boru by the hand and lead him through the path to vic­tory at te next gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion and thus emerge as suc­ces­sor to Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP, by re-mould­ing the state APC into an elec­tion-win­ning po­lit­i­cal party.

Ud­u­aghan noted that the APC in Delta State would be re-or­gan­ised be­fore the elec­tion by adopt­ing a unit-by-unit ap­proach as its new cam­paign strat­egy.

None­the­less, two gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants of the APC, Prof. Pat Utomi and Chief Vic­tor Ochei, as well as the leader of the es­tranged main­stream fac­tion of the party in the state, Oloro­gun O’tega Emer­hor, were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Delta State 2019 Cam­paign Coun­cil.

THISDAY learnt that mem­bers of the group, which has Chief Cyril Ogodo as its fac­tional state chair­man, were asked to stay away from the cam­paign coun­cil in­au­gu­ra­tion held in As­aba at the week­end un­der the watch­ful eyes of the party’s gov­er­nor­ship flag bearer, Og­boru.

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