- Senator Osinakachukwu ThankGod Ideozu has reportedly dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The senator was the only PDP senator from Rivers state as others are already members of the ruling party
- In another twist, the senator did not show up at the rally where he was expected to defect
Senator Osinakachukwu ThankGod Ideozu representing Rivers west senatorial district at the National Assembly has allegedly defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ideozu, until his reported defection was the only PDP senator from Rivers state in the National Assembly.
Other senators in the state Magnus Ngei Abe and Andrew Igbonule Uchendu, representing Rivers southeast and east respectively are already members of the APC.
Leadership reports that the senator would be announced at a Rivers west senatorial district rally, which the leadership of the APC in the state is yet to fix the date.
However, the news outlet also reported another version of the alleged defection. Quoting an unnamed source, it reported that Ideozu was expected to announce his defection from PDP during the APC regional rally at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state but did not show up.
“On Saturday, we were at ONELGA, he was supposed to be one of the defectors but he wasn’t there. So, we are still expecting him. We had Orashi Regional rally yesterday at Omoku," the source said
Another source was also quoted to have said: “On Saturday, we were at ONELGA, he was supposed to be one of the defectors but he wasn’t there. So, we are still expecting him. We had Orashi regional rally yesterday at Omoku.
“It was a mega rally for Orashi region comprising Ahoada-East, Ahoada-East, Abua-Odual and ONELGA. It was more or less a senatorial district rally. It was massive and we expected him to be one of the defectors but he didn’t show up. Maybe, he is marking his time.”
NAIJ.com had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affirmed that it will not contest the 2019 general polls with a house in disarray.
It further said that the party would ensure that it conducts a free, fair and credible primary election free from interferences by candidates.
This position was taken on behalf of the party by its Delta state chairman, Kingsley Esiso, at Isiokolo Ethiope east local government area of the state, during an empowerment programme of Evance Ivwurie who represents the area in the state House of Assembly.
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