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Delta PDP Leaders Defect To APC

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 12:55 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Felix Igbekoyi Asaba

It was like a carnival on Saturday, in Asaba, capital of Delta State, when some heavy weight leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Chief Paulinus Akpeki, former member, Federal House of Representatives, and Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba, led the pack of the defectors which included Misan Kubeyinje and Ebifa Ijeoma, two former commissioners under ex-governor Emmanuel Uduaghan

Amidst waving of brooms, the party’s symbol, Akpeki explained that with the APC in charge of the federal government, it was proper for him to pitch tent with the ruling party at the centre instead of being in the opposition which, he insisted, would not do the state any good.

According to him, his decision to switch camps was borne out of a personal conviction that the state needed to be freed from the iron grip of the PDP which was threatening to turn the state to a ‘personal fiefdom’.

He told the party faithful, which included the state chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, Chief Ayiri Emami, and others that his association with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, dated back to Bendel State where he was to run as his running mate in 1991 before the separation of the states to Edo and Delta States by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

He said that unlike former two-time governor of erstwhile Bendel State, Dr. Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, whom he described as his hero, he would rather leave the PDP instead of lamenting that his greatest regret was not quitting the party at the right time.

Comments (1)

  • Oct 4, 2015 at 7:26 am Egbokodo andrew jolomi

    Akpeki is a political prostitute.He always wants to be in the ruling party. What have Akpeki did for the people of sapele since he became active in politics since 1979 when he was in the house of rep.

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