By ELO OGWARA
Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has withdrawn from the race to contest for the Delta South Senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2015 general, as he eventually bowed out of the contest for the ticket of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Our correspondent gathered that after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, the chairman of his party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and foremost contender in the senatorial race, the incumbent senator representing the district, Senator James Manager, Dr. Uduaghan conceded to jettisoning his senatorial dream for peace’s sake.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sunny Ogefere, who confirmed the development on telephone, Dr. Uduaghan withdrew from the race in the interest of peace and inter-ethnic unity.
“His Excellency did not step down for anybody, he only withdrew from the race because of the tension it was already generating. He had to do it to preserve the existing peace in the state and to ensure that the inter-ethnic unity in the state, especially the district is not jeopardised.
“He had been in a meeting with Mr President and the National Chairman of the party before he came to this conclusion”, Ogefere posited.
It would be noted that Dr. Uduaghan’s bid to contest the senatorial seat had generated serious tension in the Delta South Senatorial District, almost fueling the inter-ethnic rivalry between the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nations.
However, Senator Manager is contesting the Senate position for the fourth time.