By Jon Egie



Ominimini flanked by other aggrieved PDP members addressing the meeting

Ominimini flanked by other aggrieved PDP members addressing the meeting

A group of aggrieved PDP members have given a confidence vote to President Muhammadu Buhari.

At a meeting convened by Dr Chief Obiuwevbi Ominimini at his residence in Ughelli, Wednesday, Nov 30; the aggrieved and former members of the PDP from across Delta State who have joined the APC in protest of the maladministration of the finances of Delta State for the past 17 years, especially under the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said they moved to the APC to join hands with President Buhari to salvage Nigeria.

Ominimini who presided over the meeting said as shakers and movers of the politics of Delta State, they hold and still retain strong influence on the political direction of the State.

He said that as veterans in the political terrain of Delta State, there was need for the aggrieved and former members of the PDP to congregate and form a cohesive group on which platform they could be given their due recognition by the national leadership of APC since they joined the APC at their various local government area levels and thus, enjoy all benefits accrueable to members of the party.

Responding, Mr Ogheneovo Onoharigho, a former stalwart of PDP from the ward of the SSG, Hon Festus Agas, in Ughelli said the decampees left the PDP for the APC because of maladministration of the finances of the State by PDP leaving Deltans in penury.

He believed it was better to join forces with Buhari of the APC to give hope to Deltans and assuage the sufferings of civil servants and primary school teachers in the State whose salaries remain unpaid for close to a year.

“In order to remind them of our political strengths and escapades from 1999 up to the last 2015 election year, we send a positive signal to them that we are moving along the wind of change and I therefore move a motion for a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment in the anti-corruption fight”

He extended the confidence vote on the national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the State chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Erhue.

The motion was seconded by Olorogun Godspower Okagbare but Chief Malachi  Orode, the leader of a PDP group that fought hard for the victory of Okowa during the 2015 governorship election but were abandoned, included a vote of confidence and appreciation to Olorogun Emerhor O’tega for his commitment to the growth of the APC in Delta State, as an amendment to the motion. The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.

In a contribution, Olorogun Okagbare assured that with the caliber of politicians present at the meeting under the visionary leadership of Chief Ominimini, there will be songs of victory at the camp of APC henceforth.

He called for the constitution of an interim management committee of the group at the State level with structures extended to the local government level.

Barr David Ekuetafia, also an aggrieved PDP member suggested that the group be called APC Movement.

Mr Mamatime Festus credited President Buhari with his Crusade of autonomous morality which embeds discipline and anti-corruption. He said the political ideology of Buhari is focused and promising unlike the focus less and despair situation in Delta State occasioned by the PDP under Gov Okowa, and hence, “we have decide to come to APC” he said.

Apostle Lucky Obovwemu suggested that the group should acquise with the leadership of the APC and listed Olorogun Emerhor O’tega, Engr Ibe Kachukwu (Petroleum Minister), Prophet Jones Erhue (Stat party chairman) Chief John Odigie Oyegu (National party chairman) and the Executive Director of Projects in NDDC, Engr Adjogbe as leaders of the party to be visited by the group.

After due deliberation, the group resolved and (1) passed a confidence vote on President Muhammadu Buhari, (2) decided to put in place an interim management committee (3) agreed to name the group as APC Movement and (4) agreed to visit the aforementioned leaders of the APC at the national and State levels.

In an encouragement, Chief Khalil Ofomukoro told the group to gear up for the challenge ahead and fight the good fight to make sure they converted their neighbourhood to the APC.

Rounding up the discourse, Chief Ominimini said: “We built PDP in Delta and now that we are in APC power has changed hands”.

In his remark, the Ughelli North chairman of APC, Chief Felix Ekure denigrated the PDP as looters of the commonwealth of the people and destroyers of future of generations yet unborn and therefore, expressed optimism that APC has come to the rescue in Delta State and hence, declared Okowa “a one term governor”.

Earlier, the meeting chanted the slogan: APC—change, APC—change Okowa.