Uduaghan Car Gift: Bribery is Their Normal Way of Life – Okocha

The Friday’s July, 23rd, 2010 outright rejection of an EXPEDITION KING RANCH EST 1853 FORD’ car (Birthday) gift to foremost Ijaw National leader, Chief E.K. Clark by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has been described as fraud of the highest order that must be probed by anti-graft agencies.

Reacting to the issue in a telephone interview with our reporter today, July 25th, 2010, Mr. Peter Okocha, 2007 Delta state AC governorship candidate who expressed dismay over the fraudulent manners the state resources were been wasted by corrupt individuals who found their way into position of authority via crook ways said bribery and corruption are Ibori’s dynasty way of life.

According to Mr. Okocha “I saw that Uduaghan and his people have denied giving Chief EK Clark a car gift for his birthday. I must tell you that I believed Clark more than I believe the government. It was Ibori that once said “If your father is on your way and you want to snatch ballot papers, push him down and have your way, then after winning the election, you can buy a goat to go and beg him.”

While noting that “That is their normal way of life. You think you can insult anybody and you think gift is enough to compensate for an insult given to an elder.” Mr. Okocha queried that “Can Uduaghan personally buy a car to a person, he is using state funds and peoples taxes in buying gifts for people just to appease for his evil to the detriment of Deltans. Money wasted in buying that car is enough to give several Deltans scholarship to study.”

The foremost Ijaw National leader had on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 rejected a Ford Expedition King Ranch EST 1853 car allegedly presented to him as birthday gift by the Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

In a press statement issued and signed by Political Adviser to Chief Clark, Chief Ominimini Chris Obiuwevbi, made available to Newsmen, the elder statesman said he rejected the birthday present because he regarded it as a “Greek gift” and with his position in the politics of Delta State ; he had no other option than to reject the birthday present.

The car which was allegedly delivered by Uduaghan’s associate called Dr. Mike Oberabor, the elder statesman said accepting the gift may be seen as a sign of betrayal of trust to his teeming supporters across the state.

Explaining further Chief Obiuwevbi said “On Thursday, July 22, 1010 at about 3.30pm, some persons in the name of the Delta State Government brought an unregistered Expedition new Ford Jeep into the compound of Chief E.K Clark in Asokoro, Abuja . One of the persons later came to inform Chief Clark that the car was a birthday gift from Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan of Delta State . While Chief Clark expressed his gratitude to Uduaghan for this kind gesture, he wished to state categorically that this ‘Greek gift’ is unacceptable considering his stand on the state of political affairs in Delta State and the misrepresentation of fact this “Greek gift’ may raise from his teeming supporters, followers and the Delta State Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders Forum of which he is their national leader. Chief Clark has therefore rejected this Greek Gift publicly in order to put the records straight and dispel any rumour that may arise out of this unsolicited gift.”

Uduaghan’s gift to the elder statesman came after two weeks when the governor had given cars (Jeeps) gift to some elders in the state and 27 out of the 29 members of the Delta state House of Assembly and denied two members, Hon. Abel Oshevire, representing Ughelli constituency 11 and Hon. Friday Onodjae, representing Ughelli constituency I of the executive gifts.

Reacting and condemning the governor’s alleged gift to the Elder statesman, Chairman, National Central Working Committee of the Delta state Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders Forum, Dr. Richard Tosanwumi said the rejection is a public and political disaster to the corrupt incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

According to Dr. Tosanwumi, former Health Commissioner in Chief James Ibori administration and Itsekiri by tribe “It is not surprising to hear that Dr. Uduaghan has offered Chief EK Clark a car bribe because of 2011 guber elections in Delta state. He is very desperate to retain the governor’s seat but clearly the odds are against him. Chief Clark knows how best to deal with this matter in the present circumstances as our national leader. For us in the opposition, Uduaghan’s time up. He should pack his bag and leave government house after his disastrous rule. We are fed up with the looting of our treasury by the cabal he now leads. Deltans will not be deceived again. Chief Clark is a man of integrity and honour.”

Reacting also, Chief Olori Magege who was the former strong supporter of the 2007 Delta state AC governorship candidate, Mr. Peter Okocha said “Chief Clark is free to accept or reject any gift especially if it’s Greek gift. 2011 is the date of reckoning for Uduaghan. His score card will be read and evaluated by Deltans including papa Clark. I can tell you right away what my score is. His time was a disaster never to be repeated again.”

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