Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Friday pulled out of the Delta South Senatorial race, saying he made the decision in the best interest of peace and security of the State.
The senatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been billed for tomorrow.
Speaking to newsmen in Asaba, Uduaghan said he felt he had to offer himself as a sacrifice to sustain the peace and security in the state. According to him, there has been ethnic tension, which may threaten peace and security of the State. He noted that election was not a “do or die” affair.
He promised to do his best to stop anything that would threaten the peace and security of the state. He said when he became governor, the state was being faced with a lot of security issues, but the state has been more peaceful now than he met it.
Uduaghan said that his withdrawal will also give him the opportunity to ensure a smooth transition period as he ends his tenure in 2015. It will also give him the opportunity to assist President Goodluck Jonathan in his the re-election campaign.
He said he was not forced out of the race, saying Senator James Manager, who is representing Delta South Senatorial district is a friend and brother.