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Presidential Election Placed Huge Burden On Buhari –Uduaghan

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 9:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi –  Asaba

DELTA State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan has said that the March 28, 2015 Presidential election has placed a huge burden on President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari and his team to begin unification and healing process of Nigeria.

The governor also charged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to learn lessons from its loss at the elections and dig into its reserves and provide credible opposition in the country.

Speaking weekend at the second University of Ibadan Alumni Association National Public Lecture with the theme ‘Good Governance as a Catalyst for Development: The Delta State Experience,’ Uduaghan said the election showed deep division, perhaps more than anyone could have anticipated.

He called on the ruling class to take the developmental yearnings of Nigerians as expressed in the last general elections seriously, observing that the voting pattern of the recent general elections has thrown a challenge of unification and healing process on the ruling class especially in-coming General Buhari’s government.

While charging the nation’s leaders to embark on a value reorientation in the country so as to unlock the vast potentials of the country, he called on them to collectively fashion a new value system because it is the responsibility of leaders to mobilize the people towards effecting the necessary changes in attitude.

“It was the first time the entire North would speak with one voice, and the old Eastern region also with a voice. The North Central, contrary to traditional pattern backed the opposition party- the APC. In voting, the entire North West voted massively for General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, while those in the South East and the South-South voted generally above 90 per cent for the PDP.

“This is not the time to despair. This is the time for hard work. I call on all committed, knowledgeable and mature leaders of PDP to step forward to pick up the pieces. If the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress could do it in Ghana, the PDP could yet bounce back. It has the resources to do so. We may have lost the election but let us not lose the lesson of the defeat,” Uduaghan stated.

He also appealed to Alumni Associations to assist in the development of their universities, commending for embarking on the construction of a one hundred bed post-graduate hall of residence and the university management for its cordial relationship with alumni association and for promoting greenery in its campuses.

Dr. Kemi Emina, National President, University of Ibadan Alumni Association said that the Lecture Series highlighted developmental issues and how such issues could be resolved for the benefits of Nigerians.

Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole commended Governor Uduaghan for the lecture and for putting ethnic harmony and infrastructural development in the front burner.