Sunday, 4 October 2015

Ex-Rep, Uduaghan’s COS, others dump PDP for APC

Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, yesterday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They include Chief Paulinus Akpeki, former member, Federal House of Representatives; Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba as well as Misan Kubeyinje and Ebifa Ijeoma, two former commissioners under ex-governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Speaking, 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.

He added that there was no reason to remain in a place where they were no longer appreciated.

Akpeki added that his association with the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, dated back to Bendel State, when he was to be his running mate in 1991 before the separation of the states to Edo and Delta States by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

In attendance were state chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, Chief Ayiri Emami, among other APC topshots.

The defection has heightened speculation that some PDP members and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa were at loggerheads over appointments and other decisions of the administration.

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