Delta PDP Records Another Feat, As More APC Stalwarts Dump The Broom

By FIDELIS EGUGBO
LESS than 48 hours to the local government elections in Delta State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has recorded a haul of decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the state Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa assuring that his administration will not relent in providing good governance.
An elder and one of the major financiers of the APC in the state, Chief Felix Anirah, yesterday moved the remaining crop of members of the APC to the PDP at a “special reception rally” held in Sapele, saying that they were tired of the APC.
Governor Okowa, who accompanied the state Chairman of PDP, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, to receive the decampees, observed that the return of Chief Anirah to the PDP, was “the return of a big fish.”
He commended those who contributed to the return of those who left the PDP for other political parties, asserting, “We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is the political party that brought us to where we are today; so, we will continue to welcome our members back to the umbrella party.”
“We will continue to work for our people; you should ensure that you go out on Saturday to vote,” the governor said.
Chief Anirah, at the event, said that it was a ‘home-coming’ for him in the PDP, disclosing that the National Chairman of the APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun tried to dissuade him from going back to the PDP but, he said that there was nothing left for the APC to offer him.
“Before I came here (to this special rally for me to formally dump the APC), the APC national chairman called me and I told him that since APC is no longer convenient for me and my people, we are moving back to our party, the PDP. We will test our strength on Saturday during the local government elections, the APC will not get any councillorship seat, but, the victory will be repeated in the general elections so that all will know that PDP is fully in control of Delta State,” the former APC chieftain said.
Chief Paulinus Akpeki, an aide to the state governr and former commissioner in the state, at the even, observed that ‘with the return of Chief Anirah to the PDP, there is no more opposition in the State, especially in Sapele.’
Chairman of the PDP in the State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, observed that with the return of the leader of the APC in the state to the PDP, “there are no more elements of opposition in the state.”
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori was among dignitaries present at the event.