- The ranks of the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) swelled by 5,000 members recently
- The members were mainly drawn from Ughelli North local government area of the state
- The move is in anticipation of the 2019 general election
A report by Daily Post indicates that no fewer than 5,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the APC in Ughelli North local government area in Delta state.
According to the report, the defectors were led by an influential politician in the area named Olorogun Ovoke Oshasha.
Speaking at the ceremony organised for them, Oshasha said: “We are tired of PDP in Delta state; we are tired of being governed by people who cannot pay workers’ salaries, who cannot provide good health care, who cannot provide adequate security for lives and property and cannot complete meaningful projects that can change the economic activities of Ughelli North.”
He continued: “Ughelli is a town that connects many other towns together, yet we cannot boast of durable roads. All projects that were started in Ughelli were abandoned by the current administration.
“If you go out there right now, you will see Deltans struggling to survive despite the huge allocations that come to Delta state.”
He urged Deltans to embrace people who are passionate about changing society for good, rather than supporting those who care less about their well being.
The chairman of APC in Delta Central Senatorial District, Adelabu Bodjor, and the chairman of the party in Ughelli North, Olorogun Felix Ekure, in their separate remarks, welcomed the new members to the party.
They assured them that the APC in Delta state was a party where every member had equal rights.
They boasted that the APC was out to dislodge PDP in the next council election and the 2019 general election.
The event is coming barely a week after Dr Cairo Ojougboh, the former factional deputy national chairman of the PDP left the party along with his loyalists.
The defectors threw their party cards into the waste bin at Ojougboh's home in Agbor, Ika South local government area of Delta state.
The ceremony was witnessed by the minister of petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and leaders of the APC in the southsouth zone.
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