- The All Progressives Congress is doing all within its power to control at least three states in the south-south geo-political zones in 2019
- The party has intensified efforts in convincing ex-governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to join the ruling party
- Uduaghan is being asked to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for APC
The All Progressives Congress has mounted fresh pressure on a former governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling party.
The pressure mounted on the ex-governor to join the ruling party is for the purpose of controlling Delta state in 2019.
Vanguard reports that the lobby for Uduaghan by APC strategists was led by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
NAIJ.com gathers that a source said: “Comrade Oshiomhole is already discussing with Dr. Uduaghan, never mind the attempts by another former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, Governor Okowa and others to stop Uduaghan from joining APC, he is coming to APC.
“Even when they were calling and meeting with Uduaghan not to dump PDP, Oshiomhole was briefed on their plans, but he just allowed them to waste their time because he had finalised talks with him and was sure that he would not fall for their gamble.
“Uduaghan is APC’s talisman to take over Delta and Oshiomhole is not going back on him. Uduaghan has played commendable roles in APC and he knows that is where his heart is now.
“Already, Senator Akpabio, who installed the current governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel had been given marching orders by Oshiomhole to do all it will take for the APC to take over Akwa Ibom in 2019. He will be given all the required support from the centre and that is why you see that Akpabio has remained in the state to put things in place.
"With Governor Godwin Obaseki’s performance in Edo state and the fact that Oshiomhole is from there, APC has no problem in Edo. The problem is Delta, where Chief Ibori is calling the shots, but APC wants Uduaghan to come over as a prelude to Ibori joining the party if he wishes. But to say that APC will leave Delta in the hands of PDP is a joke.
"With Uduaghan and others, the party will retool and sack PDP from power. They know that they are on their last days in the state."
According to Vanguard, one of Uduaghan's former aides said: “Our boss has made up his mind to join APC, our people have been directed to register with APC, he will follow suit shortly.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the past governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Wednesday, August 8, said he was still in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of two people - James Ibori and the governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Debunking rumors of his possible defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Uduaghan said he would remain in the PDP.
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