Posted by News Express | 20 November 2014 | 2,610 times
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has expressed confidence of victory at the forthcoming Delta South Senatorial Primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring that he is the most qualified to represent the Senatorial District.
He declared that his level of experience as governor, exposure, contacts, among others, placed him far above other persons in the race for the party’s ticket in the senatorial race.
“I believe that I am the most qualified of the candidate to represent my senatorial district, the legislature is about making laws that will affect the lives of the people positively, I believe that a lot of laws have to be put in place to ensure the development of the district,” Dr Uduaghan told journalists after appearing before the five-man screening committee.
Uduaghan was yesterday screened at the PDP Secretariat in Asaba by the committee chaired by Alhaji Mohammed Babaginda. Other members of the panel were Dr. Frank Okafor, Mr. Mike Ewausia, Rev. Yakubu Abudullahi with Dr. Kabi Illelah as secretary/member.
Dr. Uduaghan, beaming with smiles, exchanged pleasantries with other aspirants who came for the screening. He explained that it was customary for him to appear before the committee.
According to him, there is no discrimination when it comes to appearing before the screening panel, adding that every aspirant for elective position in the PDP must appear before the screening committee.
The governor said that there were three areas he would concentrate on when elected into the Senate. He observed that there was the need to put in place laws to improve the lives of the people of the Niger Delta region, guarantee equity participation of the oil producing communities in oil companies and for the protection of investments and the environment.
His words: “Having been in the Executive, I want to go to the National Assembly to represent Delta South Senatorial District to enable oil producing communities gets 10 percent equity participation in oil companies operating in their areas. This will open up the area and stop all agitations, if the communities have equity participation, they will ensure the protection of the pipelines, companies, property and lives of the staff.
“There is the need to provide legal framework for investments in the country so as to attract investors. Nigeria is not the only country with crisis, but because other countries have legal framework to protect investors, investors still flock to those places, we need to put up laws to protect investors in our country, this is what I want to go and pursue in the legislature,’ he said.
He noted further, “you know my emphasis on the environment and green economy, I will carry that campaign to the National Assembly, our degraded environment need to be cleaned up and protected, I will ensure that laws are in place to do just that.”
•Photo shows Governor Uduaghan during an interview after presenting his documents to Screening Committee Chairman, Mohammed Babangida.
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