By Osakhere Erese, Asaba
Ahead of the 2018 Local government elections , and the 2019 elections, Over 5,000 members of the All Peoples Congress (APC), at then weekend in Orogun, Ughelli North local government area of Delta state decamped to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party([PDP).
Receiving the decampees, governor, Ifeanyi Okowa assured them that the PDP will provide level play field for members of other political parties, especially, those from the opposition APC, adding that the doors of the PDP are always open to those who desire to join.
“You are returning home to your family, a family where there is no discrimination, those who wants to return are free to do so because, working together, I believe we will win in all elections, the Governor said while receiving the decampees.
“I will not discriminate in the act of governance, we will work for the Delta State of our dream where everyone will relate as brothers and sisters when we work in unity.”
Chairman of the party in the State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, commended the courage of decampees saying, “we have every reason to rejoice today, we need to work together for the large population of Ughelli North to translate to actual votes, this is the time for the people of Ughelli North to vote for development, not based on sentiments.”
“PDP has brought hope and smile to millions of people, both old and young, educated and not educated; today, APC leadership and members alleged that economic melt down, recession and all the problems in Nigeria are caused by PDP, can APC leaders or members say that they were not at one time or the other the shakers and movers of PDP?”
“All APC members today came from PDP, therefore, the present leadership of APC are to be held responsible for the problems in Nigeria, PDP made me who I am and others today, therefore, we have decided to go back to the mother and father of all political parties in Nigeria, the PDP,” he said,.
“PDP is a healthy party with leadership that has the interest of its followers at heart.”
Another decampee, Hon. Sylvester Ovbije said, “I am leaving APC because the party is filled with liars and deceptive people. It is in the best interest of the Urhobo people to remain in the PDP, we will continue to consolidate on the success of the PDP since 1999”, he said.