Uduaghan dumps APC, returns to PDP

By AdvocateNews on 29/09/2020

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THE Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State has hailed the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on his decision to return to the party.

The PDP, in a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, described Uduaghan’s move as “timely and a sort of homecoming”.

The statement read in part, “We are excited that our former governor is back home. Politics is about the people. Recent political developments in Nigeria have also shown that power and relevance comes from the people.

“The Uduaghan we know is not unmindful of this fact; this is in addition to the fast-changing political atmosphere in the country.

“As a political party, we fully appreciate the fact that his return journey back home may also not be unconnected with the desire to be reunited with his friends, political soul mates and supporters.”

“However, it is gratifying to note that our great party is again making deep and appreciable inroads into the political space. Our inclusive politics, consensus building disposition, egalitarianism, good governance records, patriotism and all the qualities that distinguish us from others, are already speaking for us.

“Therefore, we are very happy to welcome our former governor and all the returning Party members back into our fold. We also welcome new members and we promise to be fair to all as we prepare to rebuild our battered country.”

But the Delta State chapter of the APC, in a swift reaction on Monday, declared that the party “is not losing sleep over the defection of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to the PDP.

In a statement signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Sylvester Imonina, the APC remarked that Uduaghan came to APC a loner and left same way, but urged the former governor “not to forget how APC gave him shelter when PDP abandoned him in the cold.”

Uduaghan re-joined the PDP at his Unit 1, Ward 6, at Abigborodo, his country home and was accompanied to the venue by thousands of his supporters amid cheering solidarity songs on Monday.

“I am back to join forces with other party greats to strengthen our party, the largest party in Africa -PDP!,” the former governor had earlier stated on his Twitter handle.

His return to PDP is coming barely one year after he took a critical decision to join APC on 29 August, 2019, in protest against his alleged maltreatment in PDP.

Uduaghan, who was Delta State Governor for eight years in the build-up to the 2019 elections defected to the APC where he contested and lost the Delta South Senatorial seat in 2019 to incumbent Senator James Manager.

There have been insinuations that the former governor is planning a comeback to the PDP in a bid to boost his chances in 2023 as PDP now fully controlled the South-South region.

Uduaghan met with Governor Ifeanyi Okoya two weeks ago to fine-tune plans to return to PDP, his former base.

He also met with James Ibori, who was also a former governor in Delta State.

Uduaghan was the Governor of Delta State on PDP platform for eight years (2007-2015).

He had earlier served as the State’s Commissioner for Health and later Secretary to the State Government under the administration of Ibori.

Posted 29/09/2020 04:00:37 AM

 

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