Gale of defections hits Delta APC, PDP

By Gabriel Elozino, Asaba

A gale of defections is currently sweeping across the two major political parties in Delta State.
Already, the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, have had their fair share of defections in the last few months after they conducted their primary elections which has seen dissatisfied members moving to the opposite divides.

However, the past four days have witnessed a massive turn of event, with the APC appearing to be the worst hit.

Amongst major defections that took place within the past four days, was the movement of Hon. Fidelis Adjogbe, younger brother to the former Executive Director of Project (EDP) Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Engr. Samuel Adjogbe, and former Majority Leader of Ughelli North Legislative arm, Hon. Desmond Okpako and over one hundred of their supporters from the APC to the PDP.

There is also the defection of the Secretary to Delta Political Vanguard (DPV) and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okowa, Chief Wellington Monday Oyiso, who dumped both PDP and DPV for the APC.

Receiving Hon. Adjogbe and his political followers into the PDP fold, chairman of the party in Ughelli North LGA, Pastor Kess Numuoja, and other party executive and elders, assured the decampees of their support and encouragement.

The party chairman said, “PDP is the foundation of modern politics in Nigeria. It is the largest political party in Africa. The symbol of our party is umbrella. I want to tell you that, the umbrella is big enough to accommodate everyone. We don’t discriminate or look down on people in our party.

“No doubt, this is your own party. We are very happy to receive you and your teeming followers back to your party PDP. You are like a lost child and we are happy to find you with so many followers like this. With people like you in the party now, victory is sure in Evwreni ward and also in the local government area.

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Responding to the chairman’s speech, Hon. Fidelis Adjogbe who was highly elated during the event said, “As many of us are aware, PDP was our original party. We were just like children who thought, their mother was no longer the best cook they used to know until they tasted other people’s food. In this case, we have tasted other people’s food and discovered our mother’s food is still the best.

“Truly, we went out to join another party based on circumstances beyond our control. Unfortunately, we discovered that PDP still remains the best political party in Nigeria. It’s the best in my ward, Evwreni ward. We can never regret coming back to the PDP as our own party.

“We want to inform you that for us in Evwreni ward, Governor Okowa’s project is our own project and it’s dear to our heart. This is just the beginning. More persons are going to join us in PDP in Evwreni ward. Therefore, we can assure you that victory for all PDP candidates is certain and uncontestable in Evwreni ward in the 2023 general elections,” he said.

Also speaking, Hon Desmond Okpako, in his remarks, said he was happy and pleased to return home to the party that gave him the mandate to serve his people.


On his part, Chief Wellington Monday Oyiso who was also a Frontline aspirant for the Ethiope West Constituency Seat in the state Assembly via a letter he personally signed and addressed to Governor Ifeany Okowa, said his reasons for resigning were personal and thanked the governor for having him in his core team.

Oyiso immediately had a close-door meeting with the deputy governorship candidate of the APC in Delta, Friday Ossai Osanebi.

This is just as the Ovie Omo-Agege gubernatorial candidacy of the APC is gathering momentum, following the unveiling of Osanebi, the empowerment master, as his running mate.

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