As the news of the Supreme Court judgment which upheld the election of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as Governor of Delta State filtered into the state yesterday, prominent Deltans and politicians thanked God for the victory, expressing the hope that the state will move forward henceforth.
Those who spoke in an interview with The POINTER include the Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama, (SAN), the Speaker, Hon (Engineer) Victor Ochei, the Commissioner forInformation, Mr Chike Ogeah, Honourable Emmanuel Okoro, Ogbueshi Douglas Okolotu, Mr Frank Omare, Mr Andrew Odum, Chief John Oguma, Dr Austin Obidi, Hon Solomon Funkekeme, Comrade Mike Okeme, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, Mr Tonye Timi, Mr Safugha Neworld, Hon. Peter Abugewa, Hon. Matthew Mofe Edema, Hon. Amah Agbajoh, Chief Afro Biukeme , Hon. J.F.K. Omatsone, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, Prince Julius Obelikpeyah, Hon John Nani, Dr Emmanuel Urhobo, Barrister Eze Oloenu, Mr Jonathan Ojobo.
PROF UTUAMA (SAN)
“SINCE the emergence of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as Governor of Delta State in 2007, he has won over 20 legal victories” said his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) while speaking on yesterday’s electoral victory of Governor Uduaghan at the Supreme Court during a special thanksgiving service.
According to him, Governor Uduaghan has not only faced litigations instituted by the gubernatorial candidate of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) Chief Great Ogboru in the 2007 and 2011 gubernatorial elections, but also in all, God has ensured that he emerged victorious.
Earlier,Revd. Ben Golley who delivered sermon at the service said, “God is faithful, when God begins a thing, He will bring it to successful completion.”
THE Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, yesterday likened the Court victory of the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, as clarion call on all stakeholders to put their hands to the plough in the construction of a state that would seat apogeal on the pedestal of development.
Ochei, in a telephone chat, said the Supreme Court judgment that mangled the predicate of Chief Great Ogboru’s legal challenge to the election victory of Governor Uduaghan, had effectively ended the battle against the electoral success of Governor Uduaghan.
Elated Commissioner for Information, Delta State, Chike Ogeah Esq., expressed joy over the multiple litigations against the victory of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan which have been laid to rest by the unanimous judgement of the Supreme Court.
Commissioner Ogeah reacting to the Supreme Court judgement told The POINTER on telephone that the issue before the apex court went to no substance.
According to him, “it was straightforward and simple; the issue went to no substance in which the court gave its judgement.
According to Hon Okoro, “the victory of Governor Uduaghan, today at the Supreme Court is not unexpected. God is always God of truth, justice and mercy to those that love him”, adding “to God be the Glory”, while Ogbueshi Okolotu thanked God for the victory, stressing that “it is also a victory for Delta North come 2015”
The Commissioner for Works, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon said, “it was a case of the impossibility of the back tyre overtaking the front tyre,” adding that with the pronouncement of the Supreme Court Judges, all litigations as they concern the 2011 gubernatorial elections had now been put to rest which would make the Governor to do more for the people of the state.
His counterpart in Environment, Mr Frank Omare, urged members of the opposition party to join Governor Uduaghan in developing the state.
Hon. Frank Omare said, “I want to specially thank the people in the creeks who voted for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) that their efforts are not in vain. That God is ready to protect His own. Today (yesterday) it has come to pass that the Governor had a genuine mandate.”
Equally reacting, the Commissioner, DESOPADEC, Mr Tonye Timi, lauded the victory, saying that “God is truly a Deltan, to Him alone be all the glory. God bless Delta, the Finger of God”
Chief John Oguma, a PDP chieftain in Delta Central, said, “I feel very happy and excited that we have proved everybody wrong. We won the governorship election
On his part, Dr. Austin Obidi, former Commissioner, Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs) said, “We thank God, after election comes governance. My appeal to the opponents is that they should join hands to make Delta State great. The Governor has extended olive branch to them.
Barrister Andrew Odum, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Legal Matters, said “I congratulate Governor Uduaghan and Deltans. Litigations have come to an end. The Supreme Court has upheld that the Governor won by majority vote at the tribunal.”
Also reacting, the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Charles Emetulu, stated that Dr Uduaghan has been ordained by God to be Governor of Delta State, stating that the victory was victory for all Deltans as they are having full benefits of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration.
Also speaking on the development, Hon. John Nani (who represents Ethiope West in the State Legislature), said Governor Uduaghan deserved the Court victory, and urged Deltans to rally round him for the speedy development of the state.
In his reaction, Second Republic State lawmaker and elder statesman, Dr Emmanuel Urhobo, said the victory of Dr Uduaghan showed that Chief Ogboru and his party, the DPP, could not convince the Court on the virility of their case.
Speaking on the issue, Barrister Eze Oloenu, said the judgment was a present-day reality and showed that Governor Uduaghan won the poll, fair and square.
Also reacting to the development, a former chairman of the NLC in the state and aide to Governor Uduaghan on Labour and Industrial Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme, expressed delight at the development. Comrade Okeme called on all Deltans to rally round Governor Uduaghan for more democracy dividends
Prince Julius Obelikpeyah called on the opposition to join hands with the governor in the task of developing the state to an enviable height.
Former Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area, Hon. Peter Abugewa on telephone told our Correspondent in Warri that; “The judgment of the Supreme Court is a welcome development, it is a victory for democracy and the good people of Delta State. I want to implore the opposition to join hands with the Governor to move the State forward.
On his part, former Warri South Chairman said “Let no man take the glory, but we should all just thank God for the victory.”
Also reacting, Warri South PDP Chairman, Hon. Amah Agbajoh, “The issue of litigation that has been distracting the Governor has been put to rest finally. This is a sweet victory for all Deltans and lovers of democracy.
Former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. J.F.K. Omatsone held that; “The victory was well deserved, welcome development and time has come for all Deltans to work round the clock with Governor Uduaghan to move Delta State to an enviable height.”
The Delta Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) Chairman, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, said that the victory Governor Uduaghan is victory for the people of the state in general and DBIR in particular.