Outspoken Nigerian comedian, I go dye, has advised a former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to retire from politics.
The comedian, who is also an indigene of the state, said this during an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos on Wednesday.
“Uduaghan should be advocating for a younger candidate instead of personal ambition to run for the senatorial position in Delta State,” said I Go Dye, whose real name is Francis Agoda.
“I have no personal interest but I am speaking the minds of Delta State indigenes whose pensions were not paid when he was governor. The list is endless; the general consensus is very open. His personality and antecedent have made Delta State indigenes to continually eulogise Ibori (Mr Uduaghan’s predecessor who was jailed in the UK for 13 years for money laundering) to have achieved much more, which is wrong.”
He advised Mr. Uduaghan ”to step aside for younger candidates with fresher ideas”.
“Honestly speaking, what does he want to achieve for Delta State, that he failed to do, when he had all the resources in his control of 25 local governments as the executive governor, compared to becoming a senator with lean resources to undergo mere constituency projects worth N2 million?”
Mr Uduaghan, a two-term governor defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on August 29. Reports say he fell out with his successor and incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, over his ambition to contest for the Delta South senatorial district in 2019.
I Go Dye, who said he has nothing against Mr Uduaghan, said all he wants is a change.
“I have no grudge against anyone, but I am reflecting one simple fact for politicians to understand that when leadership opportunities come their way, they should leave legacies that will speak for them. Money is not everything and posterity will judge us. I will continue to invest my profile and risk commendation (condemnation), because a future that we fail to protect today, we shall live inside, as slaves in the future.”
The 39-year-old comedian has been very outspoken about national issues in recent times.
Recently, he advised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a presidential aspirant, not to use “sentimental empathy” with Nigerian youth to drive his political ambition.
He also wrote an open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari advising him not to seek re-election because ”he is too old to run for a second term”. Mr Buhari has dismissed such calls and will be recontesting in 2019.
When asked what the entertainment industry benefited from Mr Uduaghan’s tenure, he said the former governor built an event centre ”that was way beyond what the ordinary indigenes of the state could afford.”
“He (Uduaghan) built an event centre in Asaba that is very expensive for the ordinary citizens to rent, because of the high cost. A careful study of the Dome Event Centre in Asaba which he built, shows one of the biggest waste of modern times. The facility is run by a rented generator. During his tenure as governor, he spent N4 million to rent a 1000 KVA generator on each occasion he hosted at the Dome Event Centre.”
I Go Dye, who is a United Nations Peace ambassador, also said he was already contributing his quota in engaging restless youth in Delta State.
“Interestingly, I have submitted different plans and initiatives to expand the opportunities for our youth, as a means to create jobs. We cannot keep silent hoping the best for today or the future. We all should speak for the betterment of our people, irrespective of our status, they should know that leadership without sacrifice is a wasteful privilege,” he said.