By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
An All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial Aspirant in Delta State, Chief Michael Johnny today told the immediate past governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan that he(Johnny) is not in the contest for the Delta South Senatorial seat to stepdown for him(Uduaghan) or any other person.
Chief Johnny welcomed Dr. Uduaghan in statement through his Media Aide, Comrade Chris Erhiamremu.
The APC Chieftain who was the only Delta South Senatorial Aspirant under the platform of the party was reacting that to speculations that he may stepdown for the former Governor.
Chief Johnny who is an indigene of Okenrenkoko in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government welcomed Dr. Uduaghan into the APC fold.
According to Chief Johnny,”It is a good thing that Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has joined the APC but I am not aware yet if he is contesting for Senate in APC.
“I accepted to contest for the Senate because all Ethnic tribes in Delta South want me to represent them in 2019.
” Very importantly, I am not in the race to stepdown for Dr. Uduaghan or anybody” stressing that,”I am the only person that can deliver for APC at the general election because I know I will clinch the ticket. “
Meanwhile, Ijaw leaders of All Progressives Congress,APC in Delta State have ruled out automatic ticket of the party for ex-governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
In a statement signed by an APC Chieftain,Chris Porbeni, the Ijaw leaders welcomed Dr. Uduaghan into the party saying that they expect Uduaghan to face other Aspirants in the primary elections of the party.
The Ijaw APC leaders stressed that,”The APC is determined to unseat the PDP from Goverment House come 2019.”
The Ijaw APC leaders said,”We are very ready to receive and welcome our former Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to APC. But we want to correct the wrong impression that the Governor has been given an automatic ticket of APC for Delta South Senatorial district. This is not true. Uduaghan is qualified but will go through the party primaries like every other senatorial aspirants”.
The Ijaw APC leaders reiterated their confidence in the State leadership of the party led by Prophet Jones Erue and National Working Committee led by Adams Oshiomohle to deepen internal democracy in Delta State APC by allowing free and fair primaries where the people would elect their choice candidates.