The APC in Delta State led by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was on Sunday celebrating what partisans described as a political earthquake in the state after members of the Delta Unity Group, DUG who fanned the now aborted governorship aspiration of David Edevbie pitched their tent from the PDP to the APC.
The group is believed to have mostly associates of the penultimate governor of the state, Chief James Ibori.
At a Special Declaration Rally, Sunday, January 22, at the St George’s College, Obinomba, thousands of DUG members donning their signature red shirts and hats, led by its chairman and three time member of the House of Representatives, Hon Daniel Reyenieju; ex- house speakers, Chief Monday Igbuya and Rt Hon Olisa Imegwu, among others, declared formally for the APC.
Speaking at the occasion, Reyenieju said the DUG was founded and created to support the best candidate of the PDP, but when the best could not be presented, “we went round the state for a man who could do the modernization programme of David Edevbie and found that capacity in the person of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. Galvanizing that find outside would be meaningless hence, we decided to join the APC.
“We will show PDP pepper. We can’t continue like this, we can’t have a president that will sell all our assets, we can’t have a vice president that will continue to borrow money with nothing to show. All the money they borrowed and kept away will turn to fertilizers in their farms.”
Former House Speaker, Rt Hon. Igbuya, recalled that when Governor Okowa came on board with him as Speaker, “he complained that the debt burden incurred by former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was so heavy, he cut all our entitlements that there was no money. Now the debt he has incurred in eight years will be difficult to pay back in a life time.”
Also speaking, Chief Evans Iwurie, a prominent DUG leader and former Delta Assembly member, spoke in the same vein assuring that with Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as governor, Delta State will regain its pride again.
An obviously elated Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President and Delta APC Governorship candidate, said he was in awe , but not surprised by the the development.
“But frankly speaking, who would have believed, two years ago, that the people who made things happen in the PDP would “tear the umbrella” and join the APC?
*We have always made the case that Delta State under Governor Okowa is not the State we inherited from our parents. Look around, no roads. Schools and health facilities are in very poor condition. Retirees are dying, their gratuities and pensions unpaid. Yet Governor Okowa wants to secure a third term through his stooge, Oborevwori.
Among leadership of the DUG that decamped were: Hon Daníel Reyenieyu, former three-term House of Reps member; Hon Mercy Almona-Isei, former House of Reps Hon member; Rt Hon. Monday Igbuya, former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly; Rt Hon Olise Imegwu, former Speaker and former House of Reps member, and Chief Judith Enamuotor, former Commissioner and Board of trustee, BOT, member of PDP.
Others included Hon Alaowe Timi Tonye, former State Assembly member; Dr Karo Ilolo, former Commissioner Urban Renewal; Chief Faith Majemite, former Ethiope East council Chairman; Chiefs Stanley Odali and Pius Ovbije; Hon Evans Iwurie, Felix Ndukwe, Comrade Mike Akpobire, Chief Florence Akpoibo, Ejifeoma Esere, Comrade Ingo Isaiah Tam and Dr. Sebastian Agbefe.