- A former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, is not happy with the defection of his successor, Emmanuel Uduaghan
- Uduaghan, an elder cousin to Ibori, recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Ibori is said to be feeling sorry for his cousin who decided to join the APC
A former minister of information, Professor Sam Oyovbaire, has revealed that former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, was sorry for the defection of his elder cousin and ex-governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, from the PDP to the APC and had asked people to pray for him.
Oyovbaire, told Vanguard in Asaba that he discussed Uduaghan’s shocking exit with Chief Ibori and what he said was that those who know Uduaghan should pray for him.
The PDP chieftain also said he had not yet asked Governor Okowa what happened between him and Uduaghan that led to his defection, but said “I know a few things that happened but I do not want to go into those that are speculative.”
He continued: “The second day Dr. Uduaghan showed up at the APC caucus meeting in Abuja, I was with Chief Ibori, we had opportunity to discuss about Uduaghan, believe you me, what he told me, I have no cause not to believe him, he said he was sorry for his older cousin for leaving PDP.
“He said to quote him that we should just pray for him, let him go, which meant that he may have done some works, but I was not part of that work, so I will tell you that I have every cause to believe that Ibori is very much is with us.
“The day we were having this conversation, his daughter, who had bought her form in PDP was going round for consultation to appreciate the leaders of Ethiope East PDP, particularly in Mosogar and Jesse axis, so all evidence points that James Ibori is with us. He felt bad, I am not sure that he is happy that Uduaghan had to go and that was why he said please help me pray for him."
Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari met with caucus of the APC at Aso Rock, Abuja, with Uduaghan making a surprise appearance.
Uduaghan, a two-term governor of the oil rich state, under the platform of the PDP between 2007 and 2015, had been speculated to be planning to switch to the APC before his appearance.
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Reacting, Governor Okowa said he is presently undeterred by the defection of his predecessor, stating that Uduaghan's move to APC won't affect his re-election.
Okowa through his chief press secretary, Charles Aniagwu said his re-election cannot be determined by defection of his predecessor, and will not reduce the chance of PDP's political acceptability come 2019.
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