- The two aides of Governor Okowa left the PDP with 5000 members for the APC
- The aides promise to join other APC leaders in the state to rescue it from the PDP-led government
- They accused the government of Okowa of lacking foresight to develop the state
It was a major loss for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state on Sunday, August 26, as two aides of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa lost two of his aides and about 5000 party members to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The two aides who defected are the special assistant to the governor on youth and community development, Lucky Arumare, and the special assistant on women mobilisation, Uyoyou Edhekpo.
Punch reports that the defectors promised to team up with other APC leaders to “rescue the state from the grips of the PDP.”
They reportedly accused the administration of Okowa of lacking the foresight to develop the state.
It was learnt that they were received at the official declaration of the former chairman of the Delta state board of internal revenue, Thomas Joel-Onowakpo, for the House of Representatives.
The report added that the factional chairman of the APC, Jones Erue, said the party expected more people from the PDP.
According to Erue, 2019 signifies end of the road for PDP-led government in the state as he added that Deltans are earnestly waiting for 2019 to end the current ‘political dynasty’.
Erue described Joel-Onowakpo as “the best man to liberate the people of Isoko from the grip of House of Representatives Minority leader, Leo Ogor, who has occupied the seat for about 16 years.
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“Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas has come to liberate the good people of Isoko federal constituency from the 16 years of slavery in the hands of PDP in the federal House of Representatives.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the campaign office of former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, August 26, debunked the story from a section of the media that the presidential aspirant for the 2019 election had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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