Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has warned persons planning to use violence or play up ethnic sentiments to get into public office to desist forthwith as it would not yield them the desired result.
Speaking at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government rally in Warri North at the weekend, the governor cautioned aspirants of political offices against resorting to violence or ethnic sentiments to achieve their goals because force and violence do not get anyone into office but only breed chaos and anarchy in the society.
As against violence and ethnic politics, he urged the aspirants to endear themselves to the people by their words, deeds and actions, reiterating that whoever will emerge winner in an election must be through the ballot box and not because of the ethnic group they belong.
According to him, power belongs to God Almighty and no matter the violence one employed or the ethnic sentiments resorted to, whoever God decides emerges winner at the end of the day.
Speaking earlier, when he paid a courtesy visit on the Olaraja (leader) of Koko community in Warri North Local Government Area of the state, Chief Victor Nana, Uduaghan charged the youth councils, youth committees of communities and traditional rulers across the state not to get their different institutions involved in partisan politics.
"Community issues should be devoid of political leanings while the affairs of youth councils or traditional institutions should be devoid of politics," he stated.
Furthermore, he said: "The youth bodies should report to the different traditional institutions in their communities and such bodies and institutions should be insulated from partisan politics in the interest of peace and stability of the communities.”
The governor charged persons interested in politics or in holding political offices not to hide under community youth platforms or traditional institutions, stressing that such persons should feel free to excise themselves from such bodies to play partisan politics.
The governor disclosed that the dualisation of the 36-kilometer Ugbenu/Koko road would be completed and inaugurated in 2014, adding that the road was strategic as it will facilitate the movement of goods from the Koko Port to other parts of the country.
He also stated that plans were under way by the government to set up community-based committees to manage different water projects in different communities in the state.
While noting that his administration had recorded successes in the area of water supply, Uduaghan emphasised that the water committees were essential to ensure that the projects lasts through proper maintenance and management.
In his remarks at the rally, the state chairman of PDP, Mr. Peter Nwaoboshi, said Warri North was unique to the party because it yields high number of votes to the party as well as produced the current governor of the state.
Mr. John Okoroloko who is the PDP chairman in the local government area had in his welcome speech, stated that it was important for the party to be repositioned ahead of the 2015 general election.