- O’tega Emerhor, leader of the APC in Delta state, said exit of former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan from PDP is a big loss to the party
- Emerhor stated that Uduaghan who was a paramount leader of the PDP brought an unquantifiable value to the party
- He said the former governor's experience will help his new party in its current drive for unity
O’tega Emerhor, leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, described the defection of the former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to the party, as the deadliest blow to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Emerhor stated that Uduaghan was not just a paramount leader of the PDP, but the soul and body of the party that gave it life in its formidable days.
NAIJ.com gathered that he also said the exit of Uduaghan, therefore, meant that Delta PDP has become lifeless and in the throes of a degenerative death.
According to him, “I am particularly excited about Uduaghan’s joining our party because the value he brings is unquantifiable!
“He is a man that has conquered the rough and rugged political terrain of Delta, again and again, winning and ruling the state twice for a total of eight years.
“He comes with political hands-on experience spanning over 16 years. He knows Delta and Deltans know him.
“What more, he comes as ‘John the Baptist,’ forerunning ahead of a multitude of his time-tested followers and, indeed, political associates!. No deadlier or more fatal die has ever been cast against PDP in Delta state.”
Emerhor added: “For Delta APC, Governor Uduaghan’s coming couldn’t have been better timed. His experience and stature will help to rally the party in its current drive for unity.
“The strength he comes with will further validate our hope. On behalf of the mainstream and larger APC family in Delta state, I heartily welcome Governor Uduaghan into the Delta APC fold and assure him of our full cooperation and his entitlement to the full privileges and rights due to every member and party leaders.”
Emerhor, however, urged Deltans to fasten their seat belts as the journey from perdition to liberation in 2019 has begun in earnest.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of Delta state, resigned as a member of the PDP, the party expressed optimism that it will do a critical “soul-searching” on his recent defection to the APC.
The PDP made this known in a statement through its publicity secretary, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza. Osuoza said the Uduaguan's exit from the PDP was "sad", but the party remains "strong and indivisible."
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