- Ijaw leaders of the APC in Delta have said that they welcome former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan's recent defection to the party
- However, they said that the ex-governor move cannot fetch him an automatic ticked ahead of the 2019 general polls
- The APC leaders in the state also said that although he is qualified to contest in the election, he will still go through the party’s primary, like other senatorial aspirants
Ijaw leaders in Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, August 29, said that they welcomed ex-governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to the party but dismissed claims of intending to give him automatic ticket. Uduaghan is expected to face other aspirants at the party’s primary, The Nation reports.
Speaking in Warri, the Ijaw party leaders, led by a chieftain of the APC, Chief Chris Porbeni, remarked that Uduaghan’s defection was a welcome development.
Porbeni stated that the APC was determined to unseat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Government House in the general elections of 2019.
Porbeni said: “We are very ready to receive and welcome our former governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to APC. But we want to correct the wrong impression that the former governor has been given an automatic ticket of the party for Delta South Senatorial District.
"This is not true. Uduaghan is qualified but will go through the party’s primary, like every other senatorial aspirant.”
The leaders reaffirmed their confidence in the party’s state leadership led by Prophet Jones Erue, and the National Working Committee (NWC), led by Adams Oshiomhole, to further effect internal democracy in the state APC by bringing about free and fair primary in which the electorate would choose their desired candidates.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Uduaghan had officially declared for the APC. The former governor was unveiled at the national caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja on Tuesday, August 28 evening. Uduaghan’s defection’s speculation haD been in the air for over a year.
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