DELTANS, THANK YOU FOR RETURNING “SAINT” DR. EMMANUEL UDUAGHAN TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA.

Dr. Emanuel UDUAGHAN, I
congratulate you for working your way back to GOVERNMENT HOUSE ASABA/WARRI.
When somebody excels in what the majority of the people cannot do, it deserves
acknowledgement and special commendation. It is now obvious that the ART OF
GETTING WHATEVER YOU WANT IS IN YOUR GENE. In the art of “winning”
elections and winning/blocking court cases and investigations by security
agencies, you are only second to your cousin, Chief James Ibori in the whole
country. This is why I have concluded that this master craft runs in your
family but please note that your family ”successes”  in the last twelve years have been at a very
high cost to all Deltans, dead, living or yet unborn.

I have read your recent interview
captioned “I DON’T KNOW WHY CLARK IS AFTER ME” in which you tried to
justify why you have achieved little or nothing, using some figures from
monthly statutory allocations, internally generated revenue (IGR) on one hand
and wage bills, cost of running the government, infrastructure development,
allocation to DESOPADEC etc on the other. Please do not attempt it again
because the figures do not add up unless you want to put yourself in a tight
corner at a close scrutiny.

Having said that, you no longer have to
crack your brain defending your non-performance because the “result” of the
re-run election has given you a bank cheque to spend our money the way you
want. If ever this question comes up again while you are still in Government
House, refer them to the resounding “mandate” arising from the re-run election.

If I were you, my stand on critical
issues will be as follows:

(1)                
increase by 100% the cost of fuelling
the Asaba street lights the contractor of which you know, and solar
light projects while using your powerful position in the Special Presidential
Power Committee to make the committee non-functional so  that the contract for fuelling street lights
goes on for ever

(2)                
Critics on the rot in our education
system should be advised to send their children to schools in Ghana. Those who
cannot afford to send their wards to schools outside Nigeria should be told to
direct their children to government micro-credit scheme to empower them as
okada riders where vacancies are limitless. Others should be empowered as
tailors, barbers, welders etc where they will be running their trades with
electric generating sets.

(3)                
Take all the money meant for Asaba
Airport Project out of the treasury and make personal use of it until the
Onitsha Airport is completed so that Asaba Airport will become economically unwise
to complete

(4)                
In the same way, please order  plants/machinery that will take five or more
years to produce for the Independent Power Project (IPP) so that generator
importers will become multi-billionaires during the waiting period.

(5)                
If by chance, the patch-work on Old
Lagos/Asaba Road, Agbor is washed off before the completion of the “dualisation
project” tell Ika people to bear it and wait patiently until another “Sam
Obi” has the opportunity of acting as governor for one month.

(6)                
To those who talk about dividends of
democracy, tell them that this is distributed on the eve of every election ONLY
TO REGISTER VOTERS WHO ARE WILLING TO SELL THEIR VOTES at the rate of N500 to ?5,000
each, depending on one’s negotiating power.

(7)                
If people complain of non-functional
healthcare institutions, tell them to consult herbalists or native doctors as a
cheaper alternative and tell your fellow medical doctors to follow your
foot-steps into politics as it is more lucrative than the medical profession.

(8)                
If you run out of answers to your
critics for non-performance, simply tell them that money set aside to defend
your “mandate” and prosecute Ibori’s cases in the courts is priority and cannot
be used to fund development projects. This reason is acceptable to Nigerians
because we do not demand accountability from our representatives. My dear Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of Delta Project, in taking this stand, remember that
we are all stakeholders and as such, we should be allowed to use our voting
right freely. Only one person can occupy this position at a time and if God
allows you to occupy it, you should be there for the benefit of all. If you are
a Christian as you profess to be, you should realise that if you abuse the
power given to you by God for the benefit of all the people and turn it against
them, God will react. Otherwise, how can you defend the votes you got them to
award you in your three Warri Local Government Areas: 37138; 48,659; and 50,933
– a total of 136,731 out of a grand total of 277,046 votes that were arbitrarily
awarded to you in the state? This mans that the tree Warri Local Government
Areas contributed 49.4% of your total votes – WONDERFUL!   I am sure you know how tyrants who disobey
God end up in life. Such people that easily come to mind are Idi-Amin of some
years ago, Sadam Husain of recent past and James Ibori of today.

 

DO OR
DIE POLITICIAN, you have done it again. You have challenged God
again and used your stolen position and money to deny the people their voice
not because you believe that Dr Uduaghan has done well and deserves to continue
but because you want to perpetuate yourselves in the unholy alliance against
the silent majority. Those of you who received hundreds of millions from the
rotten system to rig the election and bought some people’s votes with less than
25% of the amount you received to pay enemies of progress to change the
election results, go and jubilate. What you and I know is that it was not as
easy as before and that your jubilation is going to be short-lived. This time
around, rigging was not done with impunity and intimidation such as gun-shorts,
ballot box snatching/replacement because the electorate displayed a high level
of awareness and followed their votes to the collation centres (local
government INEC Headquarters). The first stage of rigging was an open
distribution of cash to voters, whom the government has impoverished. Despite
this, Uduaghan was emerging a distant second to Ogboru in over 80% of the
polling units in the state. At the LGA INEC headquarters, senior Uduaghan
agents were wearing long faces indicating that the results from the polling
units were seriously against Uduaghan. However, this was the point at which
they summoned up courage to salvage the bad situation. In places where it
was possible like the two local government areas of Ika Nation, the three Warri
Local Governments, the riverine Ijaw Local Governments, Ethiope West and
others, these money-bags smuggled themselves into the collation rooms and
Nigerians being who they are, orders were received from above, money changed
hands and figures changed. No wonder it took at least 4 hours to do the
collation after the arrival of the last results.

 

The
arithmetic was not balanced until about 10.30pm whereas in Oshimili South
(Asaba) where enlightened civil servants who know how rotten the Uduaghan
Administration has been voted against him and defended their votes. Their
result was announced before 7pm. You selfish politicians could not mess around
with these wise civil servants. The interim results received from my contacts
in all the local government areas (including Oshimili South) at about 6pm
showed that Ogboru was leading. At about 7pm, Oshimili South confirmed the
interim result. Under the cover of darkness money changed hands and results
changed in the aforementioned local government areas. So, you agents of
darkness take the result of Oshimili South as the typical result of Delta State
and know that this is the type of result Deltans are going to get in April this
year if PDP puts  Uduaghan up as candidate.

 

 VOTE SELLERS, please know that you have
mortgaged your future and the future of your families for a mere N500 or N1,000.
Whosoever that collected money, rice meat etc with the agreement as to whom to
vote for, and you voted accordingly, YOU AND YOUR GENERATIONS WILL REMAIN
SLAVES OF YOUR CONCIENCE. If you ever pretend to join others to complain
about non-performance of Uduaghan, your conscience will give you heart attack.

 

I
know that money changed hands in many polling centres. In addition to the reports
that I received from many centres in the state, it should have taken place in
my polling centre but for my presence. During accreditation, one party
chieftain came to give money to their party agents. I know that this is normal
but it should not have been done openly at polling centres. I am sure it was
purposely done in order to extend it to willing electorate but when he saw me
sitting and watching, he disappeared. As soon as he left, one man in his late
forties came to me and said that he had been accredited and wanted his money
before coming back to vote. I told him that it was wrong to demand money and
that in any case, I was only a voter and not representing any candidate. After
saying that N500 was being distributed
to voters in the centres he had visited and that he would not vote unless he
received his own, he mounted his bike and rode off. He did not return to cast
his vote. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS MAN’S CONCIENCE WILL ALLOW HIM TO COMPLAIN
ABOUT ANY GOVERNOR WHO FAILS TO DELIVER?

 

THOSE
WHO DID NOT BODER TO VOTE, you have my understanding because you
felt that your votes would not count as unusual. You are right to some extent,
judging from past experience. Remember that God will not come down from heaven
to effect a change for us. He has given us the power to do it ourselves.
Peaceful revolutions like ours take longer time to achieve the desired results
than violent revolutions. We should be patient. The most important thing is
to make a start and we have started with One Man, One Vote. If you have not
joined the crusade, please do so without further delay.

 

THOSE
OF YOU WHO VOTED YOUR CONCIENCE AND STAYED TO DEFEND YOUR VOTES, I CONGRATULE
YOU.
This is a huge success for you, even though they still managed to rig their way
through because of the old discredited voters’ register. OGBORU BEING
AWARDED 37% OF THE TOTAL MANIPULATED VOTES IN ONE MONTH OF WORK WITHOUT MONEY,
WITHOUT PARTY STRUCTURE! Before now, this would have been totally
impossible. The credit goes to you, the electorate. In April, if you do what
you did in the re-run election, with the aid of electronic voting system, THE
PEOPLE’S VICTORY WILL BE ASSURED.

 

AT
THIS POINT, I WANT TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT NIGERIAN POLITICIANS ARE THE SECOND
MOST CURSED GROUP OF PEOPLE AFTER MEMBERS OF THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE.
Just as 99% of people who serve, retire or get sacked from the police force
from the rank of recruit to Inspector General end their lives in misery, so do
80% of politicians who have been in positions of authority to determine the fate
of the common man and woman. Again, just as corrupt police men and women who
collect the last Naira from the suffering public (not criminals) in the name of
road block, receive curses from people who are living from hand to mouth, so
these corrupt politicians who divert our resources meant to better our lives
and use same to oppress us and send many to their untimely death, receive
curses from the general public, priests, pastors etc, most of who have God’s
ears.

 

Because
God sees and knows everything, He makes sure that these corrupt police
personnel and politicians squander the ill-gotten wealth on fake spiritualist,
women, giving bribes, court cases, terrible health conditions, problem
children, etc. In most cases, they and members of their families, end up in
prison and die in disgraceful and shameful conditions. Anybody in this category
of people, who does not want to end up this way, should repent now before it is
too late. God is always ready to forgive but if you fail to retrace your steps,
take whatever you get from God.

 

FINALLY,
BOFORE YOU START CRUCIFYING ME ON ZONING POLICY (POWER SHIFT),
particularly my Anioma brothers and sisters, I want to clarify my position on
power shift. I do not subscribe to the PDP zoning system as it is being interpreted.
The zoning policy as of now is only in PDP’s constitution but it is not being
enforced. If it remains like this, there is nothing that will stop a majority
group with the requisite financial strength such as the Urhobos, from
continuing to produce the governor of Delta state. Even if Dr. Uduaghan remains
governor till 2015, there is nothing binding on him to handover power to an
Anioma person. Even if he manages to do so, he could hander over to his stooge
to enable him and Ibori to continue to govern from the background. Such a
person’s allegiance will be to the dynasty and not to the people of his
senatorial district. If the Urhobos want to snatch it again in 2015 and PDP
says no, they can still do it on the platform of another political party unless
we have a Delta State agreement.

 

PDP’s
zoning policy is not in the Nigerian constitution but power shift is provided
for. I therefore suggest that Delta state should build a model power shift
system for other sates to emulate. Political and community leaders of the three
senatorial districts should dialogue on it and all eligible voters should hold
a referendum on it. The outcome should be binding on any political party that
wishes to operate in Delta state. It goes like this:

 

(1)     Governorship
position should shift from one senatorial district to another after one term of
four years only so that it could go round more quickly. More importantly, a
governor will know that he or she has only four years to do his best and he or
she will have no need to empty the treasury for his re-election bid.

(2)      When the governorship position returns to a
senatorial district after 12 years, another federal constituency within the
district will have the opportunity to produce a governor.

(3)     In
the same way, the senatorial, federal House of Representatives, state house of
assembly, council chairman, commissioner positions should shift between federal
constituencies, local government areas, communities and blocks respectively.

(4)     Provision
should be made to ensure that no one area holds two major positions at the same
time to the detriment of other areas in the zone e.g. governor and senator in
one senatorial district, senator and house of representatives member in one
federal constituency and so on.

BEFORE I END THIS WRITE-UP, I will not
fail to remind us that:

(i)                  
Registration of voters by INEC starts
soon

(ii)                
Rigging and clean winning at the polls
start with voters registration

(iii)               
We all should be vigilant to prevent
fraudulent voters’ registrations and where they have taken place, we should point
them out when the registers are displayed.

(iv)              
We should make sure that we vote to
prevent others from imposing their choice on us. Do not allow anybody to
discourage or induce you not to vote.

(v)                
We should not demand or accept cash or
other incentives to vote for the choice of other people. We should convince
ourselves that the candidates we are voting for are credible – One Man, One
Vote.

(vi)              
We should defend our votes by observing
the counting/collation of votes and the announcement of results at the polling
centres and INEC Local Government Headquarters.

(vii)             
We should promptly report any
discrepancy if the result is different from what we have observed or recorded
at the earlier stage.

(viii)           
At this stage of our democracy, we
should focus on quality of candidates before loyalty to party. This is known as
casting protest votes and not anti-party activity as party leaders would want
to intimidate you with.

 

2011
general election is the opportunity we have to take back from selfish
politicians, the power that belongs to us, to freely choose our
representatives. Good luck.

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