Acting Delta Gov To Be Sworn In, As Uduaghan Packs Out Of Govt House

Former Gov Uduaghan.

•Former Gov Uduaghan.

Arrangements were in top gear this morning in Asaba, Delta State for the swearing in  of the Acting Governor of the state, Sam Obi, at the Government House.

•Former Gov Uduaghan.

The Court of Appeal in Benin presided over by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem,  yesterday ordered that Sam Obi, who is the Speaker of the Delta State House  Assembly, be sworn in as acting governor of the state following the sack of Governor  Emmanuel Uduaghan.

The Appeal Court ordered a fresh election within 90 days after nullifying the  victory of Uduaghan, the PDP candidate in the flawed 14 April 2007 governorship  election.

Uduaghan’s victory was challenged at the election petition tribunal by the  Democratic People’s Party, DPP, candidate, Great Ogboru. The battle was fought to  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.  after  addressing supporters who went to his residence as news of his removal filtered into  the state capital.

Addressing the gathering which  included  members of  the PDP and Government House  staff, Uduaghan sued for calm.

He advised the people not to lose sleep over the development, saying God’s wish  would prevail.

The PDP Chairman in the state, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, who was among those at the  Governor’s Lodge, charged  party members to return to their wards and  mobilise for  the re-election.

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He expressed confidence that the party would win the re-election, saying Delta  remained a PDP state.

There was jubiliation in Warri and Asaba, the state capital after the governor was  rmoved. The youth took to the streets while others went to bars to drink beer in  celebration of the judgement of the Appeal Court.

Politician and elderstatesman, Chief  Edwin Clark who was at loggerheads with the  outsted governor, described the judgement as a tonic that made yesterday a  joyous  day of him.

Clark, a PDP stalwart, further told Deltans that they should expect a new governor  after the rerun election as Uduaghan was gone for good.

Uduaghan appeared to have been caught unawares by the judgement as he was performing  his official duties till late yesterday without knowing the fate that was about to  befall.

He was meeting with the committee on the Asaba International Airport as well as  performing other official functions when the news of his removal spread all over  Asaba and beyond.

He could not make any official statement concerning his removal except the brief  chat he had with staff of the Government House and his supporters.

—Yomi Obaditan/Asaba

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