- The PDP has reacted to former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan's defection to the APC
- The party disclosed that Uduaguan's exit was sad but it remains strong and indivisible
- Ifeanyi Osuoza, the party publicity secretary, said the former governor has only expressed his right to freedom of association
Barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of Delta state, resigned as a member of the PDP, the party expressed optimism that it will do a critical “soul-searching” on his recent defection to the APC.
According to an online medium, Sahara Reporters, the PDP made this known in a statement through its publicity secretary, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza.
Osuoza said the Uduaguan's exit from the PDP was "sad", but the party remains "strong and indivisible."
The statement read: “Although, it is sad that he has decided to join a new political family, we appreciate the fact that he has his right to freedom of association, but we believe that in no distant future, he will do some soul-searching and come back to his original political family.
“We do not claim to possess any knowledge of the factors or circumstances that may have influenced or inspired his decision to join another political family, but it is only to be expected that a family will surely feel a sense of loss under the current circumstance.
“We want to assure the teeming members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state in particular, and Nigeria in general, that Delta state PDP political family remains strong, indivisible and we shall continue to forge ahead in our preparation for the forthcoming general elections."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari met with caucus of the APC at Aso Rock, Abuja, with former Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, making a surprise appearance.
Uduaghan, a two-term governor of the oil rich state, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 2007 and 2015, had been speculated to be planning to switch to the APC.
The report said the meeting was attended by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, and members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC led by its chairman, Adams Oshiohmole.
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