You’re a disgrace to governance, Lawyer Keyamo tells Governor Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan is the governor of Delta state

Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has said the Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, is a disgrace to governance for playing “Ping-Pong” with the affairs of the state with ex-militant, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.

Mr. Keyamo, in an open letter to the governor, alleged that Mr. Uduaghan interfered in the duties of the state electoral commission during the last local government chairmanship election by replacing the Warri South-West candidate with Mr. Tomopolo’s younger brother on the eve of the election.

The lawyer said the governor summoned one Weyinmi Omadeli to his private residence in Warri on Thursday, October 23, 2014- barely 48 hours to the election- and informed him that he had given orders to the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, to replace his name with that of George Ekpemupolo, the younger brother of Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.‎

“For you to summon Mr. Omadeli on the eve of an election and inform him that his name had been replaced smacks of high-level interference with the job of DSIEC. It clearly shows that DSIEC is only an appendage of the Delta State Government”.

The lawyer listed five reasons why the action by the governor was wrong and said that the governor’s decision “is capable of igniting a crisis that will affect all of us”.

“The decision was taken whimsically and it is unjust, unfair, illegal and ungodly. Consequently, it is unacceptable and will be challenged legally and politically,” Mr. Keyamo said in the letter.

“It also depicts the sorry and comatose state of DSIEC in the hands of the State Government (it is the same all over the country, anyway).

But, why did DSIEC not have the courtesy to write or summon him to break the news (assuming, but without conceding, that they have the powers to do so?) Sir, you are not the Chairman of DSIEC and you have no business replacing one candidate with another in an election,” the lawyer wrote.

He said it was wrong ‎that Mr. Omadeli’s name was substituted without cogent reasons.

Mr. Keyamo said since the administration of James Ibori, a “truce was reached whereby it was agreed that the Ijaws and Itsekiris would be taking their turns in the governance of Warri South-West L.G.A”.

He went on to ask the governor why he chose an Ijaw man for the position.

“What then is your rationale for this decision? Whom amongst the stakeholders of these two great and illustrious tribes in Delta State did you call to a meeting before this ill-informed decision? What promise or arrangement did you extract from them before this decision?” Mr. Keyamo asked.

Alleging that the governor sacrificed Mr. Omadeli for his 2015 senatorial ambition, Mr. Keyamo said the governor returned George Ekpemupolo, an Ijaw by tribe, to pacify the Ijaws so they can support him.

“Your Excellency, I hate to say this – but say it, I must: there is a clear picture in the public domain that because you are Itsekiri by tribe and the member representing Warri South-West in the State House of Assembly is also an Itsekiri man, and because you also plan to go to the Senate by 2015, you had no choice but to sacrifice Mr. Omadeli to the Ijaws so that all three slots would not go to Itsekiri.

“You opted to sacrifice the slot of your Itsekiri tribe to the Ijaws to protect your personal interest. In other words, your Senatorial ambition has a big part to play in this whole mess,” Mr. Keyamo stated.

He called on the governor to quickly set up a truly independent Local Government Election Tribunal because he (Mr. Keyamo) will proceed to the tribunal on behalf of Mr. Omadeli.

He ended his letter by advising the governor to “do the needful by summoning all stakeholders to explain to them and to also extract commitments from them as to the way forward in the delicate power play between the Ijaws and Itsekiris before it leads to uncontrollable conflagration”.


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  • True Nigerian

    Keyamo, you have to choose where you belong, my friend. You meddle and mingle with these people behind close doors. And then when things start going predictably wrong, you start condemning them and start crying wolf. The last time Asari Dokubo was arrested in Benin Republic, you referred to him as “my friend, Asari”. When I read it, I was so utterly shocked that I couldn’t speak or even believe it. I had to read it again in 3 different newspapers. As a lawyer, I understand that you can represent almost anyone, including the worst criminals in the world. But that doesn’t mean you call them your “friend”. It told me something about you. So when I heard that Tompolo was threatening you, I was sad to hear it, but I was not surprised because that’s what happens when you mingle behind closed doors with these horrible people.

    Why are you just realising that Uduaghan is a disgrace to governance when we all know that the British authorities cannot wait to put him where his cousin, Ibori, is; because the UK authorities made it clear that Uduaghan was a kingpin and the pivot of Ibori’s heinous crimes against the people of Delta. That much we have always known all the time you were hobnobbing with Uduaghan.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Keyamo is taking a ride on the back of the proverbial tiger!

      When it ends…

      Seems like he went to dinner with the Devil and forgot his long spoon!!

      • Tonnero

        Even if he did not forget the long spoon, the long spoon always turns out to be not long enough. Best is to follow Papa Awo’s maxim: don’t dine with the devil at all whether you THINK your spoon is long or not.

    • Akiika

      He wines and dines with the devil backstage and come up here to throw tantrum when things doesn’t go in his favor, Keyamo is a highly corrupt lawyer that should be ashamed of himself. This doesn’t take away the egregious atrocities going on in Delta state. Imagine, are the police, and INEC deaf, blind and dumb. Why on earth has somebody not acted on this and have the Chairman of DSIEC arrested? isn’t this a criminal and impeachable offense? These outlaws perpetrate these atrocities and get away with it, yet they’ll all line up and escort their criminal-in-chief to Jerusalem to pray to God with all the injustices they employ. They’re quick to visit the equally unethical pastors to deceive the people. What a farce democracy. One thing is for sure, they’ll all pay for all these crimes someday.

      • Tonnero

        When will they pay? I have run out of patience.

  • True Nigerian

    By the way, has anybody heard that Tompolo has been arrested or indicted by the police and federal or state attorney-general for a serious crime such as making a death threat to an innocent Nigerian? There you go! Now, that’s also the government that Nigerians are expecting to fight terror successfully! You, Nigerians, are destined for disappointment, not because it is your destiny but because of your hatred for the truth.,

    • Obafemi Mike

      Good talk. The way things are going l forsee Nigeria becoming a one party state should pdp win the 2015 election. Then there ‘ll be nobody to check anybody. It will be lawlessness,anarchy, impunity all the way simply because we comoners don’t know how to use the only power we have

  • growthengine

    If anyone can deal with Uduaghan I dont care who, but he deserves the same treatment as Ibori. I even wish APC wins in Delta, perhaps they can remove the shame that has befallen that state. What with all the money accrued since 1999, all wasted and stolen. What will happen when the oil dries up. Northern states even did better.

  • emmanuel

    Keyamo should just keep quiet and let Delta State be. Is he just realising that Uduaghan has finished the State.

    He paid off all media outfit to ensure that no negative comment about him was ever published.

    The permanent silence of all media houses about Uduaghan’s mal-governance is a clear indication that they are all complicit.

    Anyway, eight years has eventually finished. The good thing about his case is that the strings would snap once he leaves. Unlike Ibori

  • MushinSpeaks

    Well, its for the people of Delta to decide who they want as their next governor; however, they should remember that good governance will only happen if they votr Change!

  • Tonnero

    Nigerians are not honest and fair enough to allow free and tai elections when they control the security agencies and the electoral commission. Unless these two are made independent of executives at state and federal levels, we will continue to see this kind of behaviour.

  • Henk

    How many times have I said it that delta state has no law, she is just on autopilot. Go and see how thugs who called themselves vigilante are carrying fire arms in open streets of warri. The commissioner of police is just an image. Nonsense

  • UOU

    They had an agreement during Ibori time so there has never been fairness. Mr Keyamo should do the needful instead, keep quiet because you are one of them all along only that now it does not favour you, after all, its likely you are also angling for the same senatorial slot as the Governor but come oooooo, is Keyamo not in APC, why bother about what happens in PDP, is it your business if they replace all their candidates, see me, see trouble with ambition? And who told you that a sitting governor would want to relinquish power completely. Please don’t bring your cabal issues to the public all the time because the trust and respect people have for you may vanish completely if they know you can’t keep simple secrets of the cabal or their principles. The substituted Omadeli guy has accepted it so why crying more then the bereaved, must you wash your dirty linens in the public or does PDP hire you to wash it for them? you are the one looking for Government Tompolo problems now and later you will start complaining, so, stop acting like a Coward