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Uduaghan, Lagos State Deputy Governor Withdraws From Senatorial Race

Uduaghan, Lagos State Deputy Governor Withdraws From Senatorial Race

DELTA Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday said he dropped out of the Delta South Senatorial race to avoid bloodletting in the State. Governor Uduaghan said that his withdrawal from the Senatorial was in the general interest of the state and democracy at large.

His words, ‘As a manager of the process in the state level, I have always appealed to other contestant that election must not be a do-or die affair. In this state there has been political tension, unfortunately in this state there has been ethnic tension that seems to be threatening the peace and security. This has been noticed at the national level. Mr President and the national hierarchy are concerned and a lot of discussion has gone on. My main agenda is the peace and security and I will do everything to stop anything that will threaten the peace and security of the state. The State has been more peaceful than I met it 7 years ago. And I am determined to leave Delta peaceful.’

In the same vein, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, yesterday announced her withdrawal from the race to contest the ticket of the Lagos West Senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Her decision to withdraw from the race was contained in a press statement issued yesterday in Lagos. In the statement, Princess Orelope- Adefulire, cited the overall interest of the party and the need to strengthen its unity as reasons for her withdrawal.

The statement reads: “This is, of course, a very difficult decision for me to make, but one that I made in the overall interest of my party and for the benefit of our growing internal democracy. I wish to thank the party, our apex leaders and our loyal, dedicated members in the state, particularly members of Lagos West Senatorial District on the support shown through their wise counsel, best wishes and words of encouragement during visits on political mission,” she said.

The Deputy Governor, however, pledged her unalloyed support and cooperation to any aspirant that eventually emerges as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming primaries scheduled for Monday, December 8. She said further; “In spite of my withdrawal from the senatorial race, my commitment to Lagosians and the development of Lagos remains sacrosanct. I promise to use the rest of my tenure as your Deputy Governor to continue to assist the Governor in providing good governance and continue to project our party and ensure its success at the forthcoming 2015 elections’.

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