Local polls: I am still on the race, Orode reassures supporters
By Jon Egie
Chief Engr. Malachi Orode, a PDP aspirant for the Ughelli North LG Council Chairmanship seat race in the forth coming local polls has assured his teeming supporters that he is still in the race for clinching the chairmanship seat.
He spoke on the background of rumour being peddled by some persons that he has quit the race.
He said his involvement in the race is inspired and that at his age he cannot pick up a challenge and abandons it half way without reason.
“I do not want to believe that any person in his right senses will go and propagate the message that I am out of the race.”
“My aspiration is born out of a desire to rebuild the PDP in Ughelli North LG working in collaboration with party leadership. I also desire to reengineer local government administration and steer it from one that is driven solely by FG allocations to one that can partner and must partner with other public and private institutions to bring about the development of our youths and women, and until these principal targets are achieved, it will be an abomination to speculate otherwise about my aspiration”
He explained that by virtue of his contacts, “I have helped in attracting soft loans facilities from recognized institutions to assist certain practicing farmers in Ughelli North, and this will be replicated severally when by the grace of God I become the chairman of Ughelli North, without using government funds.
Asked how the party, PDP, has received his aspiration, he said the party has received his aspiration very warmly and in some cases exciting.
“Those I visit, some say I have paid my dues in the past and can be trusted with the mandate. Others say they have over the years entrusted that power to the younger generation but met with disappointment. Yet, others say that you can only give what you have and by virtue of my exposure and maturity coupled with my training, they believe I can lay a foundation for a sound local government administration for the coming generation.
“So, with a high sense of humility, I want to seize this opportunity to thank the party leadership in Ughelli North for the support I have been enjoying and that the jinx in that council office that has always made people uncontrollable on assumption of the office will be broken this time around.”
It was learnt that the leadership of the party in the LG has met and resolved to zone the party chairmanship to Constituency 1, while the council chairmanship was zoned to Constituency 11, where Chief Orode comes from.
Whether he foresees any impediments ahead of his aspiration, Chief Orode said, “I am approaching the election with a very positive mind. I do not foresee any development that would truncate my aspiration, but as a party man, I have always maintained that the party is supreme and that is one thing I want to restate. This means that the party has a final say at the end of the consultation and campaigns of all aspirants.
“What I believe, as the leadership of the party represented by the governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who has a very strong desire to strengthen PDP in Delta state before he leaves office and so the governor will be well guided in directing all of these development.
“Having clearly spelt out my objectives of wanting to serve at the council, I want to encourage my co-aspirants to properly articulate what they have to offer as Chairman of council and we can possibly go into a small debate before an enlightened audience and the spirit of brotherhood surrenders to superior reasoning in the interest of the people of Ughelli North LGA.
“We should avoid blackmailing, slandering, name dropping because it is all about service”
Speaking on the forth coming congresses of the PDP, Chief Orode said the congresses will be peaceful because the number one PDP man in the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has put in a lot of efforts to ensuring that there is a new spirit of working together among party members.
“I am also happy that our national leader, Chief E.K.Clark in a press statement has also alluded to the need for one PDP in Delta state.
“In the meeting called recently by the governor, he made an appeal to all the leaders of the party to ensure peaceful congresses. PDP Delta state has only one leader, there can be no two number one and Uduaghan is the number one. I appeal to all PDP members to key into the governor’s spirit of oneness, forgiveness, togetherness because the party will be stronger for it.”
Quized if the recent confession of James Ibori would not damp the chances of the PDP in the forth coming polls, Chief Malachi Orode said the confession of Ibori will have no negative impact on the strength of the PDP in the council polls.
“Ibori has served Delta to the best of his ability and no one can fault that and when a man wakes up to plead guilty, God in heaven who sees the heart of men forgives. Are God? Why shout crucify him, crucify him? Should Ibori return to Nigeria to govern, he will make a better governor because man learns evry day.
“I appeal to Deltans to be positive and leave Ibori matter to the British Court, pray for a man that has pleade guilty and focus on moving Delta to greater heights.”
Sharply reacting to the victory of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan at the Supreme Court, he said it was worth celebrating not because “I wasn’t expecting it, but because it falls in line with my predictions, convictions, advice and efforts in the past to our people that we should allow the governor to concentrate on his job. With the decision of the Supreme Court, our governor can now focus more than ever before on service delivery to Deltans.
“Great Ogboru has fought a good fight, he should come home, embrace the governor and make input on how Delta and Deltans can be lifted to a higher level.”