10th November, 2010
Arrangements were in top gear this morning in Asaba, Delta State for the swearing inÂ of the Acting Governor of the state, Sam Obi, at the Government House.
The Court of Appeal in Benin presided over by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem,Â yesterday ordered that Sam Obi, who is the Speaker of the Delta State HouseÂ Assembly, be sworn in as acting governor of the state following the sack of GovernorÂ Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The Appeal Court ordered a fresh election within 90 days after nullifying theÂ victory of Uduaghan, the PDP candidate in the flawed 14 April 2007 governorshipÂ election.
Uduaghanâ€™s victory was challenged at the election petition tribunal by theÂ Democratic Peopleâ€™s Party, DPP, candidate, Great Ogboru. The battle was fought toÂ the Appeal Court which delivered its verdict yesterday.
At the time of filing this report, the ceremony was about to commence.
Meanwhile, Uduaghan has moved out of his official residence in Asaba.
The former governor and his family moved out of the residence at about 9 p.m.Â afterÂ addressing supporters who went to his residence as news of his removal filtered intoÂ the state capital.
Addressing the gathering whichÂ includedÂ members ofÂ the PDP and Government HouseÂ staff, Uduaghan sued for calm.
He advised the people not to lose sleep over the development, saying Godâ€™s wishÂ would prevail.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, who was among those at theÂ Governorâ€™s Lodge, chargedÂ party members to return to their wards andÂ mobilise forÂ the re-election.
He expressed confidence that the party would win the re-election, saying DeltaÂ remained a PDP state.
There was jubiliation in Warri and Asaba, the state capital after the governor wasÂ rmoved. The youth took to the streets while others went to bars to drink beer inÂ celebration of the judgement of the Appeal Court.
Politician and elderstatesman, ChiefÂ Edwin Clark who was at loggerheads with theÂ outsted governor, described the judgement as a tonic that made yesterday aÂ joyousÂ day of him.
Clark, a PDP stalwart, further told Deltans that they should expect a new governorÂ after the rerun election as Uduaghan was gone for good.
Uduaghan appeared to have been caught unawares by the judgement as he was performingÂ his official duties till late yesterday without knowing the fate that was about toÂ befall.
He was meeting with the committee on the Asaba International Airport as well asÂ performing other official functions when the news of his removal spread all overÂ Asaba and beyond.
He could not make any official statement concerning his removal except the briefÂ chat he had with staff of the Government House and his supporters.