Uduaghan’s Exit Shocks PDP
Former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Udaughan, has finally confirmed that he will dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor may in the next few days register as an APC member and pick the party’s senatorial ticket for a battle with Senator James Manager for the Delta South senatorial ticket.
Uduaghan’s new move after many thought that he had been pacified by a former Governor of the state, James Ibori, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and others will certainly change political calculations in the state for 2019.
His decision to join APC has also enlivened many of his followers, who were taken aback at his initial resolution to stay back after some PDP leaders rushed to appeal to him.
His exit, however, came as a shock to the members of powerful PDP family in the state.
Governor Okowa and a circle of PDP leaders discussed the matter on Friday, while strategists of the party have been directed to come up with novel ideas to stop APC from taking over the state as already speculated by the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Some PDP stalwarts expressed surprise that Okowa allowed the strained relationship between him and his predecessor over the party’s 2015 governorship primaries to force him (Uduaghan) out of the party, saying that such a colossal disaster should not have been permitted to occur.
A chieftain of the party in the state, Senator Ighoyota Amori, who is a Political Adviser to the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus said: “It is unfortunate and very sad development. For me, it is something that the Ibori political family which he belongs to never expected because we have heard so many discussions and if he finally does that, it is most regrettable.
”We respect him as a member of the family from the very beginning, but if at these wee hours, he decides to jump ship and leave his political family, he is entitled to his political destiny.
"However, I know as a family member that we did everything humanly possible to retain him in the political family.
“There is nothing we can do than to allow him to chart his own political course if it is true that he has finally left the PDP for APC. That is all I can say for now,” he asserted.
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