Sacked Niger Delta minister, Orubebe, declares for Delta governorship

Godsday Orubebe

Mr. Orubebe has been accused of corruption

The former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, who was sacked last week, has declared his intention to contest the Delta State governorship election in 2015.

Mr. Orubebe was removed from office alongside three other ministers, including former aviation minister, Stella Oduah.

The four former cabinet members were asked to resign their positions to save them the embarrassment of being sacked.

Mr. Orubebe announced his interest for the governorship post in Asaba on Saturday during a civic reception in his honour by a group, Delta People’s Forum.

He said that he accepted calls from the forum to resign, and return to his home state to serve his people.

“As I was driving past the streets of Asaba, I saw some posters with different inscriptions, including the one welcoming me as the next governor of the state.

“I want to let you know that as your humble servant, I will be there for you come 2015,” he said.

As minister, Mr. Orubebe was enmeshed in several cases of corruption, which he neither defended nor was he punished for by the government.

In 2012, a group, Anti-Corruption Network, ACN, headed by a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, accused Mr. Orubebe of corruption and abuse of office.

In a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, the group accused the former minister of accepting gratification of a palatial mansion in Abuja, to award contracts to his cronies.

He was also variously tongue-lashed by the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, for poor performance, especially for failing to complete the East-West Road, which is vital to the economy of the Niger Delta region.

Mr. Orubebe said that he was in support of Delta States governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan’s, administration and would work with it to move the state forward.

He paid tribute to President Goodluck Jonathan and late President Umaru Yar’Adua for appointing him at different times as minister.

Mr. Orubebe called on the president to run for a second term in office, saying that he had achieved a lot for the country and deserved to run again for presidency in 2015.

“On behalf of DPF, I ask Nigerians to give Jonathan a chance to serve the country for another four years,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • idn1

    … and the looting continues with impunity. Next he’ll be going for Senate.

  • Mani_Kay

    CAPITAL NO!!!! ……. except he joins APC and contests under APC platform

    • PolyGon2013

      Nope. APC would not want a fool like that. He is already a failure, and APC does not appreciate any failure.

    • esaulogbon

      He belongs to your party… People Deceiving People.

    • Mutum

      sharaaaaaap!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Was he sacked. Libel suit dey smell

    • redeem

      was orubebe sacked? The trouble with Orubebes candidacy is that his base among the Ijaws is not steady-because he distanced himself from them-Even the Ijaw professionals abroad have decided not to support him-so he is alone-well except he uses money to wet his way into their hearts and minds–they have promised to campaign against him

  • emmanuel

    Delta 2015, na rigging extraveganza.

    When it is the Urhobo’s they claim it is not their turn, yet Orubebe and Uduaghan are from the same Senatorial zone. Jonathan want his broda in, Uduaghan wants a cover and does not trust the Urhobo’s or Ijaw to give him, so he along with Ibori established APC in Delta.

    Lets see who takes the day – the Urhobos vs Ijaw of PDP vs Uduaghan of PDP and APC vs Delta North (igbo). The rigging machines reside with the Ijaws and Uduaghan.

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      Ogboru is the next governor.

  • Ejinrin

    This is the kind of OGA’S we have ON TOP,corrupt people.somebody that need to bury his face in shame. Let wait and see if the people of delta state would want another IBORI come 2015

  • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

    A spade has been casted on orubebe. His declaration is intended to cover his ass from being investigated.