- The planned defection of Uduaghan reportedly unsettled the PDP in Delta state
- The APC is however excited with the prospect of the former governor joining its fold
- It described the impending defection as a move that will finish the PDP in the state
The planned dumping of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) by a former governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, reportedly came as a shocker to the members of powerful PDP family in the state.
For the APC however, the news was a welcome development, with many of the party’s leaders eagerly waiting for Uduaghan’s formal declaration.
Vanguard reports that Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and a circle of PDP leaders discussed the matter on Friday, August 24, with circumspect, while strategists of the party have been allegedly directed to come up with novel ideas to stop APC from taking over the state as already speculated by the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The newspaper adds that some PDP stalwarts expressed surprise that Senator Okowa allowed the strained relationship between him and his predecessor over the party’s 2015 governorship primaries to force him (Uduaghan) out of the party, saying that such a “colossal disaster” should not have been permitted to occur.
Senator Ighoyota Amori, who is a political adviser to the national chairman of the PDP, said: “It is unfortunate and very sad development. For me, it is something that the Ibori political family which he belongs to never expected because we have heard so many discussions and if he finally does that, it is most regrettable.”
He said further: “What I can say is that what we as a political family cannot conquer, we endure, we leave that to God, but we believe that we will live up to expectations.
“We respect him as a member of the family from the very beginning, but if at these wee hours, he decides to jump ship and leave his political family, he is entitled to his political destiny. However, I know as a family member that we did everything humanly possible to retain him in the political family.
“There is nothing we can do than to allow him to chart his own political course if it is true that he has finally left the PDP for APC. That is all I can say for now.
“I say that his exit is a political minus to the Ibori political family in Delta state, but the family definitely will live up to prospect, that is the truth.
“All we need to do is to change our gear and change our method and quickly readjust ourselves to close the gap. I believe that at the end of it all, the family will say that we are still very much at home.”
Reacting to the planned defection, a leading APC governorship aspirant from Delta North senatorial district, Cairo Ojougboh, said: “It is a welcome development; I have been in the forefront of the move for Uduaghan to come over to the APC. I visited him severally to join the APC and told him unequivocally that he has no future in PDP.
“His coming to APC is just a tip of the iceberg, many PDP stalwarts have told me that as soon as I secure the governorship ticket of APC by God’s grace, they will dump the PDP for our party because they believe in me. I have discussed with a wide range of them and they are waiting anxiously.”
Ojougboh, a former deputy national chairman of PDP, added: “PDP is finished in Delta state; they should just wait until we conclude our primaries. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will not know what hit him when I get APC governorship ticket, nobody can save him, and I can tell you that he is gone.”
Another APC chieftain in the state, Great Ogboru, popularly known as the “Peoples’ General” said: “I am sure you have heard before that in politics there is no permanent enemy, but permanent interest. This is why we have to accept it as one of the realities and we must live with it. If he is actually coming, then the more the merrier and he would be a major asset for the APC in Delta state.”
APC governorship candidate in the 2015 general election and leader of the party in the state, Olorogun O’Tega Emerhor, said: “It is a welcome development. Being a former governor of the state, he has a large followership, knows how to win elections and his joining us is a big plus meaning we now have the capacity to achieve our quit notice to PDP in Delta.”
“It is a step in the right direction because the PDP is already going into extinction and Uduaghan is one of those that gave the party a lifeline in the state.
“I also commend him for ignoring all the forces that held him behind all this while from making this move because I believe with his political experience and sagacity for a turnaround in the APC, as he was the oxygen in which PDP in Delta has been surviving,” another APC chieftain, Olorogun Solomon Edojah, reportedly said.
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
NAIJ.com previously reported that Udaughan allegedly confirmed that he would dump the PDP for the APC.
According to Vanguard, the former governor who disclosed this through a phone call on Thursday evening, August 23, said there was pressure on him to come to APC, but it was not an affair of the national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
News Nigeria Today: Will Senators, Lawmakers’ Defection from APC Change Power in 2019? | NAIJ.com TV