Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has advised the Proprietor of Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi, to first contest as a councillor in his ward, before aspiring to be Governor of the State.
Uduaghan who spoke Friday in Asaba, at a stakeholders meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), advised those who were aspiring for political offices not to be blinded by their political ambitions as to resort to peddling falsehood against government but rather should concentrate on facts and issues.
He debunked the wild allegations of financial mismanagement against the State government by Prof. Utomi, and urged him not sacrifice the truth on the altar of political expediencies.
According to him, “every man has a right to aspire to any political office in the country, but such person must not tell lies about government to achieve his aspiration. Tell the people what you can do for them, do not spread lies.”
The former governor urged the Lagos-based Economist to consider actualizing his political ambition by contesting for Councillorship position so as to get basic facts on issues affecting governance in the State.
He noted that with his experience with Prof. Utomi, he had distinguished himself as someone with great ideas but, did not have the frame of mind for execution.
Uduaghan disclosed that as then Governor of Delta State, his administration made Prof. Utomi chairman and member of several committees as opportunities for him to contribute to the development of the State but said “if Prof. Utomi attends any of the meetings, he will not spend more than five minutes.”
“He has contested for the Presidency, he now wants to be the Governor. But, I think he should start from his Ward, he should contest for Councillor,” Uduaghan taunted Utomi.