- Ex-Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Friday, October 5, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock
- He said that the ruling APC has now become a formidable party in Nigeria
- Uduaghan also noted that his visit to the Villa was to appeal to the president to reopen the Osubi airport in Delta state
Former Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Friday, October 5, said that the crises rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), including irregularities in primary elections, showed that it has become a strong and formidable party.
The Nation reports that he spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathered that Uduaghan said that the present APC crises are not unusual.
He noted that the practice is the same with any government in power since majority of aspirants will naturally want to align with a ruling party.
He said: “The crisis in the party shows that the APC has become a formidable party. It is only when a party is strong and formidable that everybody will be showing interest in it.
“That we have this kind of issues that are going on. But I also know that the leadership is doing a lot to resolve the issues and with time the issues will be settled and everybody will move forward and move the party forward.
“It is not unusual, what is happening is not unusual with a party that is growing and has become very strong,” he added.
On alleged parallel primaries in Delta, he said it only existed in the imagination of many as nothing of such took place.
He said: “There is nothing of such, some people gathered somewhere and said they were doing primaries. If you notice, the person they declared winner has already disowned them.”
The purpose of his visit to the Villa, he said, was to appeal to President Buhari to reopen the Osubi Airport.
According to him, the continuous closure of the airport was rubbing off negatively on the state economy.
“I also came to appeal to the President about the Osubi airport which is close to Warri, it has been closed for more than one month because of crisis between NAMA and a private firm handling the airport.
“I appealed to him to give an order that they open it while the engagement process is going on between NAMA and the private firm and the line that is supposed to be handling the airport because right now most people travelling to Warri have to go through Benin and even Owerri and that is very discomforting.
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“For those of us who work in that area and you know that there are a lot of oil companies there and the workers have to travel by road from Benin so that’s why I came to appeal to him if they can quickly open it while discussions are going on whatever issues,” he stated.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that violence erupted at the Delta north senatorial district primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, October 3, leading to the death of two persons.
It was reported that there were varying accounts of what transpired; with some sources claiming the victims were killed by police stray bullets at the Federal College of Education, (Technical) where the exercise was being conducted. Others, however, said the victims were killed by political thugs.
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