After weeks of speculations, immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan has formally led his supporters back to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The event which took place at his unit in Ward 6, Abigborodo, Warri North council area of the state, witnessed a mammoth crowd.
Speaking during the ceremony, Dr. Uduaghan said, he had returned to the party to strengthen it.
“I only stepped out for a few days to find out what is happening there and I have come back to strengthen the party. Today, I have come to reactivate my membership card. I have picked it up.
“I am hearing that there are a few challenges, we have the manpower, the experience to be able to elevate our area and the people of Delta state, and that we shall do.
“We will get our own of whatever is due to us by God’s grace. We will get what is due us. I am sure there is very little I don’t know about this state. I promise you that collectively, as we are standing here now, we shall sit as often as possible and articulate our issue.
While acknowledging that , Nigerians are currently facing challenging times, he noted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari is “doing his best”.
He also commended the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for his efforts in holding the party together since he emerged leader of the party in the state.
“I want to thank Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who has been holding every part of the state since he became governor. It is not easy. I want to urge all of us to continue to pray for him so that he can complete his tenure”.
The former governor also expressed gratitude to the ward chairman and other members for the grand welcome.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony , included House of Representatives member, Hon. Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, the Deputy State Chairman of the party, Val Areyinka, former commissioners of the state, Vincent Uduaghan and Rev.(Mrs)Omashola Williams, were among members of the party who welcomed the governor at his ward.
Hon Ereyitomi, in his goodwill message said, “your exit created a big vacuum in our political system. Today that you are back, the vacuum is well filled”.
On his part, the Warri North LGA council boss, Aduge Okorodudu, expressed satisfaction over the return of the governor who incidentally is from his LGA, adding that he “has come home”.
“The party is stronger today. And I can assure you that the structure you left is still there,” Areyinka said.
Welcoming the party faithful, ward Chairman, Mr. Kingsley Ogio, said the entire Ward and PDP family were happy to welcome him back, adding the ex-governor had contributed largely to “the ideals of democracy in Nigeria”.
Reacting to the defection, the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that , Uduaghan came to its fold a loner under “the guise of being a self acclaimed “John The Baptist” which eventually proved to be a deceitful mission”.
According to a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Sylvester Imonina, (Esq). “In the past two weeks, there have been rumours of perfection of plans by the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to defect to PDP. Today, the 28th of September, 2020, those behind the rumours have been justified by the formal defection by him to PDP.
“Well, for records purpose, the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan came into APC as a loner (Nicodemus) and have left to where (PDP) he came from same way. In politics and in line with freedom of association as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, he has the right to chose whosoever to associate with for whatever reason.
“However, he should not forget the fact that when PDP was uninhabitable for him, he was housed by Delta APC despite the fact that he did not come to APC with anybody under the guise of being a self acclaimed “John The Baptist” which eventually proved to be a deceitful mission.
“Delta APC will not miss him in any way because APC accommodated him out of compassion as an orphaned politician displaced by the same PDP he has returned to. We wish him well. The statement ,said.