Why I withdrew from senatorial race – Uduaghan

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State

Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Saturday said he withdrew from the Delta South Senatorial race because of his determination to finish strong on his peace and security agenda.

With the withdrawal, less than two days to the primary, incumbent Senator James Manager would likely be returned unopposed at the primary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Before Mr. Uduaghan’s withdrawal, the election was projected to be a two horse race between Mr. Manager and Mr. Uduaghan.

But speaking with reporters in Asaba, Mr. Uduaghan said he had to step down so peace could reign in the state.

He said he had a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, where the political situation in Delta State was critically analysed and that after the meeting, he decided to make a sacrifice by stepping down.

He said, “I have to offer myself as a sacrifice to ensure that the political and security tension that had built up in recent times is reduced. In doing that I am aware that a lot of my followers will be very unhappy but I want to appeal to them that I have to do this for the sake of this state.”

While denying that he was forced to step down, Mr. Uduaghan said quitting the race would enable him to concentrate on national issues and be able to properly manage the remaining  primaries of the PDP and the election proper next year.

Alluding to the alleged threats by the Ijaw to resume hostilities in the state should Mr. Manager, their kinsman be shortchanged in place of Mr. Uduaghan, an Itsekiri, the governor said maintaining the peace in the state was more important than electoral victories.


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  • Amir

    He stepped down after a promise of a ministerial position. All ex-governors will be made ministers to continue looting at the federal level, and leave the returnee senators back to Abuja lest they decamp or commence impeachment against the “best performing” president. Truth is: they will be disappointed.

    • Alcindo Satori

      At least he stepped down; admit that and put the devil to shame

  • Frank Bassey

    You are a true patriot. This is not the character of an average politician who will go his way and damn the consequence.

    • Truthnodeydie

      He saw the hand writing on the wall. Politics is a game of number. The under performed Uduaghan knew he stood no chance of becoming a Senator even if he wins the primary. The man who has made Ibori look like a saint because of his cluelessness stepped down not for peace but to save his face.

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