By: MUTIAT, Alli
Delta State-born humour merchant and social commentator, I Go Dye, born Francis Agoda, has written an open letter to erstwhile governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, begging him to shun his senatorial ambition as nothing could be ascribed to him, in terms of infrastructural and human capital development during his tenure as governor. This, according to him, is enough reason the former number one citizen of the State shouldn’t seek any other elective position in Delta State.
“Honestly speaking, what does he want to achieve for Delta State that he failed to do, when he had all the resources in his control of 25 local governments as the Executive Governor, compared to becoming a senator with lean resources to undergo mere constituency projects worth two hundred million? (200,000,000). In reflection of what should be ideal, Ex -Governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan should be advocating for a younger candidate ,instead of the personal ambition to run for the senatorial position in Delta State,” he said in the open letter made available on his Instagram page.
Part of the letter reads; “ Interestingly, if he had transformed Delta State to the least part of Lagos in terms of social and structural development or built a modern city even in his local government council of origin or within our coastal areas, there wouldn’t have been any reason for him to buy a property in Banana Island.
“Obviously, Delta State is blessed with wonderful landscapes that can offer such platforms, like the glorified Banana Island, but nothing has been developed in these regards. The template of ‘Delta beyond Oil’ that he promoted during his tenure only existed in the media; no foundation was built by him to verify this claim.
“I have no personal interest but I am speaking the minds of Deltans, whose pensions were not paid even during his tenure, when he was Governor. The list is endless, the general consensus is very open,
We all have a role to play in rebuilding Nigeria and I must play my part, regardless of who is concerned. This is our fatherland and we cannot give emptiness to our children.
He further stressed that he was not speaking out of personal interest, saying he has become the voice of the voiceless in view of his capacity as the UKAID Goodwill Ambassador on ‘Making a Difference Against Corruption’.
“This is not about our personal interest,it is beyond the blame that is being placed on the political parties either as PDP or APC, the fundamental problem are the people who have failed to live according to the ideology of their irrespective political parties and against the desires of the people.
I shall continually act in the interest of the larger society, I have no grudge against anyone,but I am reflecting one simple fact for politicians to understand,that, when leadership opportunities come their way, they should leave legacies that will speak for them. Money is not everything,prosperity will judge us. I will continue to invest my profile and risk commendation,because a future that we fail to protect today,we shall live inside, as slaves in the future.
Consequently, my passion as a Global Goals Ambassador has inspired me towards consultation with some stakeholders. I will advise him to become an elder statesman and agitate for the re-opening of sea ports across Niger Delta
Interestingly, I have submitted different plans and initiatives to expand the opportunities for our youths ,as a means to create jobs
We cannot keep silent, hoping the best for today or the future. We all should speak for the betterment of our people, irrespective of our status, they should know that leadership without sacrifice is wasteful privilege,” he writes.