Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged all political aspirants for the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state to tailor their campaigns on relevant societal issues rather than embark on campaigns to disqualify fellow aspirants.
Dr. Uduaghan who gave the charge spoke at an Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s (Anglican Communion), Asaba to mark the 23th anniversary of the creation of Delta State on Wednesday, said that the final choice on who will succeed him in 2015, depends solely on God, stressing neither he nor any individual can determine his successor
He cautioned aspirants to stop running around trying to disqualify other aspirant because, according to him, “who God wants to give power, that He will give, whether you disqualify somebody at the screening stage and God wants that person, the person will succeed.”
The Governor recalled that in the build up to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in 2006, he was disqualified by a screening committee in Port Harcourt before an appeal panel cleared him to contest the polls.
He said, “As an aspirant who wants to take over from me, tell the people what you want to do, let us have a clean electioneering campaign. Who God wants, He will put in office,” Dr Uduaghan said, stressing, “let the campaign not be about me, about whom I am supporting or who I am not supporting, let the campaign be about what you can do for the people.
“I want to thank everybody that have indicated interest to take over from me in 2015, it is not easy to make up one’s mind to contest but, know that there is only a space for one person at a time for four years.”
He said that Delta State has cause to thank God on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the creation of the state in view of the giant strides that have been recorded by successive administrations in the state.
According to him, the decision to mark the occasion with a thanksgiving service was to acknowledge God’s mercies and goodness towards the Government and people of the state as well as a means of securing more favour from God.
The Governor said the state has recorded successes and used the occasion to declare August 27 as Thanksgiving Day for Delta State.
Governor Uduaghan who pronounced August 27 every year as a Day of Thanksgiving indicated that a bill would be sent to the House of Assembly to formally proclaim the day and urged the Speaker and members of the State Assembly to give the bill expeditious consideration.
He explained that his administration’s Delta Beyond Oil Programme was a legacy that would stand the test of time because it involved going back to economic activities that the people were engaged in before the discovery of oil