- The Delta state chapter of the APC has suffered a major setback as some of its key members left for the PDP
- Two influential politicians, Peres Oloye and Agodi Agbor, led their supporters numbering over 1,000 to the PDP
- The defectors said they left the APC due to its poor treatment of the Ijaw nation and endless internal crisis
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost its 2019 House of Assembly candidate in Delta state, Peres Oloye, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Legit.ng gathers that the two political heavyweights led over 1,000 of their supporters to join the PDP in Delta state.
The two who were both in the PDP before were welcomed back in a ceremony held at Tuomo town in Burutu local government area of the state.
Oloye said he had joined the APC in 2018 in the interest of the Ijaw nation but would later discover that the APC was grossly anti-Ijaw, alleging that no Delta Ijaw person was considered good for any appointment.
He added that the APC in the state has been battling with endless in-fighting and intractable internal disunity, hence his decision to return to the PDP.
On his part, Agbor said the APC’s inability to provide the platform for inclusive participation for all in Delta state, needless factions, etc, are reasons for his decision to return to the PDP, Nigerian Tribune also reported.
Oloye, Agbor and their supporters were received by the PDP chairman in Burutu local government area, Ebike Oromoni, on behalf of the state leadership of the party.
Oromoni who expressed joy at the return of the duo and their followers back to the party said they will not be treated as newcomers.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the PDP, Jude Ogbimi, as the winner of Isoko North Constituency House of Assembly by-election, held on Saturday, April 10, in Delta state.
The by-election was conducted following the death of the former majority leader of the House, Tim Owhefere.
The returning officer for the by-election, Prof. Christopher Onosemuode, said Ogbimi scored 29,421 votes to emerge the winner.