The All Progressives Congress, APC in Victor Ochei’s Onicha Olona Ward 4, Aniocha North local government area suffered a political tsunami at the weekend as over 80 of its members have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Receiving the APC decampees, the PDP Chairman, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Prince Victor Egbune, represented by the Party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Monye Azubuike, said the decampees had seen the good works of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP across the state hence they decided to join the PDP.
The defection of the APC members which took place at the PDP Secretariat Onicha Olona was witnessed by the State Commissioner, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Mr Emmanuel Chinye, the Onicha Olona Ward 4 PDP Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ukwamedua and other PDP stalwarts in the area.
He said the PDP was the only Party in the area with well structured grassroot support stressing that the APC had no place in Onicha Olona and Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Prince Egbune listed various projects being embarked upon by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Onicha Olona and Aniocha North to include roads, bore hole project, school renovation and construction among others.
The Commissioner, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Mr Emmanuel Chinye said the defection of notable APC members in Onicha Olona Ward 4 showed that the APC was dead even before the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
He said the achievements of Governor Okowa within the last three years showed that the PDP had no match as every part of the state have been touched with meaningful projects stressing that the PDP administration in the state was focused in delivering the dividends of democracy.
Mr Chinye noted that Governor Okowa had completed the construction of the Onicha Olona road from Issele-Uku which will continue to other neighbouring communities adding that the decampees will not be discriminated against but would be carried along in the scheme of things.
The PDP Onicha Olona Ward 4, Mr Emmanuel Ukwamedua, the Councilor representing Onicha Olona Ward 4 in the Aniocha North Legislature Arm, Honourable Alexander Okolie and a PDP Stalwart, Mr Ngulu Modungwo described the defection of APC members to the PDP as a welcome development adding that the PDP had enough space to accommodate people as it was a party that does not discriminate.
They said Governor Okowa’s performance had proved skeptics wrong apart from the party’s popularity and urged others who were yet to defect to do so as the APC had already been drowned in Onicha Olona and thanked the Governor for appointment of their son, Mr Emmanuel Chinye as Commissioner in the State.
Some of the APC decampees including the Secretary Ward four, Mr Uche Ofili Godwin, Engineer Anslem Mekwunnye and Mr Mokwunye Onochie Emmanuel said their sojourn in the APC was a big political mistake as no “Change” had taken place which the party promised Nigerians.
They said they have realized that there was no use building a house and abandoning it to join the APC which had no structure and nothing to offer.
According to them defecting to the PDP was the best thing that had happened in the politics of Onicha Olona stressing that Governor Okowa had impressed them with his performance moreso with the appointment of Mr Emmanuel Chinye as Commissioner which they described as a very good gesture of the Governor.
They called on all to join hands with the PDP and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in building a state where all Deltans would be proud of stressing that he has done well as an Anioma Governor
The highlight of the event was the presentation of PDP membership cards to the decampees and symbolic burning of brooms which is the logo of the APC.