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Obuh’s tag of anointed candidate and Delta 2015

The belief in most political circles in Delta in the current build up to 2015 is that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan  has endorsed  Obuh to succeed…

The belief in most political circles in Delta in the current build up to 2015 is that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan  has endorsed  Obuh to succeed him.
Though there has been no direct reference to where Uduaghan categorically made the statement, politicians in the state usually refer to the governor’s body language and particularly his statement that he is not going to hand over to a politician.
This is seen as a further confirmation of the governor’s decision to favour his former SSG, as Obuh worked mainly in the civil service and is only recently joining politics while the bulk of those wishing to contest the PDP guber ticket in the state are drawn from hard core politicians.
Some of the  governorship aspirants  in the state include, Senator Ifeanyi  Okowa,  Festus Okubor, Victor Ochei , Professor Sylvester Monye,  Godsday Orubebe, Ndudi Elumelu, Godswill Obielum,  Sam Obi, Clement Ofuani , Ngozi Olejeme,  Esther Uduehi,  Professor David Edevbie , Ovie Omo-Agege, Chief Great Ogboru, Peter Okocha and many others.
Obuh has worked as director in the office of the SSG in the administration of then Governor James Ibori where he headed secretariat of the office as there was no permanent secretary at the time.
He was later recommended to Uduaghan as Secretary to the State Government by his former boss and it was while serving as SSG that he attained the rank of Permanent Secretary and was later deployed to the Directorate of Government House and Protocol.
Obuh seems to have two things going for him.  The belief that he is the anointed candidate of the governor and the fact that he hails from Delta North which is yet to produce a governor in the state.
Delta State has 25 local governments with three ethnic geo-political zones namely, Delta North, Delta Central and Delta South.
The prevailing sentiment within the PDP is that the party may have zoned its governorship slot to Delta North since Delta Central and Delta South have had their turns in the past.
While Obuh has tried to sell his candidacy based on his credentials, the factors have become big issues in his outings.
He says: “I look forward to a Delta State that continues on the progressive march. I offer myself to serve the state with a promise to run an inclusive and responsive government, building upon the very strong foundation already laid.
“These traits of responsiveness and inclusiveness have been characteristic of me and were especially notable during my stewardship as a senior civil servant of many years.
“Without sounding immodest, I daresay that responsive policy formulation and management to meet exigencies and long-term well-being of our dear state has been my forte in the past 32 years. I promise to run an administration that will bring about the sustenance, extension, development and diversification of the many policies and programmes for economic transformation which have been firmly planted in many sectors.”
There are indications however that the Urhobo ethnic group is still interested in fielding a candidate based on the fact that it is the largest ethnic group in the state.
But many are saying that for fairness, aspirants from Delta North should be given priority even though Obuh has insisted that the programme he has for the people of the state should guide the decision of stakeholders.
 “My deep inside knowledge of these policies is an advantage that I want all Deltans to particularly note. I offer myself as a friend, brother and confidant that can be trusted with the common good of all Deltans as one united family,” he stated.

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