By Patrick Adamagu
THE All Progressives Congress, APC in Delta State Monday was mute on the defection of former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan from the party to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dr. Uduaghan who defected to the APC in 2018 officially jumped ship to the PDP at his Unit 1, Ward 6, Abigborodo in Warri North local government area of the state on Monday morning.
He had defected to the APC in 2018 on whose ticket he contested the Delta South Senatorial election but lost to Senator James Manager of the PDP.
Following the defection, the publicity secretary of the APC, Sylvester Imonina when contacted said he was yet to be briefed on the matter as he promised to issue a statement in the immediate future.
The PDP was, however, ecstatic as state chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso described the defection as a move worth celebrating.
According to him, he said: “It is a thing of joy that we should celebrate based on the fact that we have all our former governor with us.
“This is a reflection that we are strong as a united family for us to work together ahead of 2023. I do not know the reasons why he actually left, but since he has returned, we are happy.”
Publicity secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, in a statement said: “We are excited that our former Governor is back home. Politics is about the people; recent political developments in Nigeria have also shown that power and relevance comes from the people. The Uduaghan we know is not unmindful of this fact, this is in addition to the fast-changing political atmosphere in the country.
“As a political Party, we fully appreciate the fact that his return journey back home may also not be unconnected with the desire to be reunited with his friends, political soulmates and supporters.
“However, it is gratifying to note that our great party is again making deep and appreciable inroads into the political space. Our inclusive politics, consensus building disposition, egalitarianism, good governance records, patriotism and all the qualities that distinguish us from others, are already speaking for us. Therefore, we are very happy to welcome our former Governor and all the returning Party members back into our fold.
“We also welcome new members and we promise to be fair to all as we prepare to rebuild our battered Country. “