- A major Nigerian opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, is yet to put its house in order, even as the 2023 presidential election is barely a few weeks away
- In fact, the crisis has eaten deep into the party's roots that major stakeholders are picking sides leading to a fresh crisis in the PDP
- At the moment, the Delta state chapter of the PDP is engulfed in serious crisis following the move by a former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori
In a twist of events, the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has made a move that has thrown the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta state, into fresh crisis.
This is as a result of Ibori throwing his weight behind the ambition of Hon Joel Onowakpo-Thomas, the Delta South Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2023 general elections, THISDAY reported.
Why Ibori backed APC candidate
Ibori made his choice public on Wednesday, January 18th, when the senatorial candidate visited the former governor in his country home in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area, as part of his campaign and consultations towards realising his dream of succeeding Senator James Manager in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
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“Onowakpo-Thomas is a man of immense and undeniable capabilities that can deliver the desired democratic representation towards the transformation of the state and Delta South in particular,” the former governor said.
PDP reacts angrily to Ibori backing the APC candidate,
The action of Ibori, a chieftain and two-term governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has heightened growing disquiet among members of the party in the state.
This is because many prominent PDP members announcing their resignation in recent weeks, are believed to be Ibori's loyalists.
New revelations over Makinde's involvement emerge as Atiku visits Oyo for presidential campaign
In another revelation that will surprise many Nigerians at home and abroad, a new report has emerged that the Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde, will not attend the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the state.
It is expected that the Osun state governor, Ademola Adeleke will lead PDP governorship candidates in Lagos and Ogun states, to the event.
It was further learnt that Makinde had not gotten any signal from the leader of the aggrieved party’s governors known as G-5 led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, to attend the event.
2023 Elections: Tinubu hits at PDP, says Delta state not ATM for migratory politicians
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, condemned the PDP for its failure to develop infrastructure in Delta state.
The presidential hopeful said the Niger Delta will stop being an ATM for the opposition after the 2023 elections, where his party would be voted in.
The former governor of Lagos state promised to clean and develop the state in terms of infrastructure and other democratic benefits.