By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Former Ughelli North Local Government Transition Committee Chairman,
Hon. Friday Akpoyibo has finally dumped the All Progressives
Congress, (APC) just as he joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with
over five thousand APC members shortly after he was expelled by the
APC on Saturday October 14 at Orogun town, home of the member
representing the people of Delta Central Senatorial District, Sen. Ovie
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that in an address, Hon. Friday Akpoyibo stated that the present APC leadership should be held responsible for the problems in Nigeria.
Akpoyibo noted that the PDP made him as well as other decampees what
they are today.
“PDP made me who I am and others today.” Therefore, we have decided to
go back to the mother and father of all political parties in Nigeria,
“PDP is a healthy party with leadership that has the interest of its
followers at heart.”
Akpoyibo said the PDP has brought hope and smiles to millions of
people including the old and young, educated and not educated.
Another decampee, Hon. Sylvester Ovbije said, “I am leaving APC
because the party is filled with liars and deceptive people.”
Ughelli North PDP Chairman, Hon. Lawrence Agbatutu had presented the
decampees led by Hon. Friday Akpoyibo to the Chairman of the party in
the State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso who received the decampees with the
Delta State Governor,Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa at the carnival-like event
which was also attended by top politicians in the State.
Addressing the decampees,Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa assured them
that the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP will provide a level playing
field for members of other political parties, especially members of
the All Progressive Congress,APC who returned to the PDP.
Governor Okowa observed that the APC and most political parties in the
country are populated by former members of the PDP and the doors of
the PDP are open to those who desire to come back to the party.
“You are returning home to your family, a family where there is no
discrimination, those who wants to return are free to do so because,
working together, I believe we will win in all elections,” Governor
Okowa said while receiving the decampees.”
The Governor commended the courage of the decampees for returning to
the party they originally belong saying, “we have every reason to
rejoice today, we need to work together for the large population of
Ughelli North to translate to actual votes, this is the time for the
people of Ughelli North to vote for development, not based on
“It is in the best interest of the Urhobo people to remain in the PDP,
we will continue to consolidate on the success of the PDP since 1999,
I will not discriminate in the act of governance,” the Governor said,
reiterating, “we will achieve the Delta State of our dream where
everyone will relate as brothers and sisters when we work in unity.”
Chairman of the occasion, Brig-Gen. Dominic Oneya and other PDP
chieftains in the area, Chief Grace Odin, Hon, Samuel Mariere, Hon.
Eric Oharisi, Hon. Solomon Awhinawi, Surv. Terry Noah, Dr.Steve Oru,
Olorogun David Edevbie and others who spoke at the occasion observed
that the leadership qualities of Governor Okowa has increased the
fortunes of the PDP in the State.