The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed as a “pipe dream” the statement credited to a former Governor of the State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, that the APC “will wrest power from the PDP” in 2019.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Ifeanyi Osuoza, the party said that the boast by Mr. Uduaghan was “completely laughable” and “further proof that the former Governor still has not learnt any political lesson from the humiliating defeat he suffered at the hands of then Senator Ifeanyi Okowa at the PDP primaries in 2014, when he (Uduaghan) used the full apparatus of the State to sponsor and support another candidate.
“As Governor, Dr Okowa has endeared himself to majority of Deltans with his stellar achievements in all sectors of the economy. They cannot wait to re-elect him come 2019.”
According to Mr. Osuoza, “when it comes to politics and elections in Delta State, Dr. Uduaghan should realise that he is less than a featherweight. Does he even know how he became Governor in the first place? In 2019, we shall ensure that he is exiled into political oblivion once and for all.”
The PDP spokesman referred to Mr. Uduaghan’s assertion that the PDP “has never protected its own” as the ranting of a drowning man clutching at every available straw for political survival and relevance.
“Governor Uduaghan was actually referring to himself when he made that statement. This was exactly what he did when he was leader of the party as governor. Out of sheer arrogance and vaulting ambition, he estranged many PDP members with his bad leadership style and worked hard to frustrate and impoverish many of them.
“It was part of his treacherous plan to undermine and usurp the position of our political leader, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, and create his own political empire. Dr. Uduaghan left behind a party that was fractured and near disintegration. But thank God that under Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP in Delta State has regained its status as a united, cohesive and formidable force.”
According to the Publicity Secretary, Mr Uduaghan’s claim that “I don’t expect Ibori to think I betrayed him,” is the statement of a traitor facing the torment of his own soul.
The party berated the former governor for biting the fingers that fed him, adding that Mr Uduaghan is a man in a crisis of conscience.