Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan may not celebrate birthday because of the heavy burden of governing a state like Delta. If he does, it gives his horde of critics the opportunity to feast like vultures of opportunism; if he does not celebrate, his core political associates may be offended.
These are the contradictions that define our political space where every move, statement or inaction is laced with grave meanings. As Governor Uduaghan clocked 59 years on October 22, 2013, my uncle’s advice that “any venture that goes too easy at the very beginning, without obstacles, may not have a good end” comes to my mind.
Governor Uduaghan is possibly the most prosecuted, vilified, misunderstood and persecuted Governor in the history of political mudsliding since 2007.
I wonder how he managed to put the past behind and won over opponents as his friends, political comrades and members of his inner circle, without losing his traditional old associates in his political journey as leader of the State since 2007. This is new in our political history that is not devoid of politics without bitterness.
As he clocks 59, the Governor’s achievements, challenges and estimation in the eyes of ordinary Deltans come to mind because Delta State is a multi-ethnic state that thrives in inter-ethnic sentiments usually exploited by some politicians, ethnic bigots for personal reason.
In order to govern Delta state, wisdom, tolerance and understanding of the terrain of the state and its people are required. Warri province that was changed to Delta province, from which the state derives its name, was a home in pre-colonial, colonial and still home today to the various ethnic nationalities that make old Delta province and Warri remains their eternal spiritual and economic capital.
The Itsekiri, Ndokwa, Urhobo, Ijaw and Isoko that make Delta province, see Warri as a home and economic base for ages even before the advent of Colonial masters. These nationalities see Warri as a spiritual indivisible city that cannot be tainted or tied to ethnic apron and that’s why every ethnic nationality claim Warri as a “home” despite the fact that they don’t hail from the city historically.
Warri over the years acquired the status as a bond of unity and centre of freedom and liberty to the people that make the old Warri province and beyond, the strategic historical and political importance of Warri was enhanced by its economic value as an important trade rout and center of commence.
Source: Prince Abugo (Political Analyst from Uzere, Delta State)
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