Fear has gripped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, especially Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of the state who is already clamouring for second term in office come 2019, as the State Executive Council of All Progressives Congress (APC), has in a crucial meeting on Monday June 6th, overwhelmingly voted, adopted and has formally welcome Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, a former governorship candidate under Labour Party, Rt. Hon Victor Ochie, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), governorship aspirant under PDP and Senatorial candidate under Accord and their teeming supporters as members of the APC in the state.
The meeting held at the prestigious Best Western Hotel in Orhuwhorun, Udu local government area of the State also received the reports of the Delta APC Contact and Welcome Committees.
The State Party Leader, Olorogun Otega Emerhor (OON) while addressing the SEC meeting said “I am very happy that our party men and women, youths and the entire leadership of our great party did the needful to ensure that the series of talks and negotiations between the various committees and the state Caucus with Chief Ogboru/Victor Ochei groups came to fruition.
“We are waxing stronger by the day and the opposition is certainly jittery. We are increasing by the day while the opposition, PDP is decreasing per second.
“Chief Great Ogboru and Victor Ochie are now in the progressives’ family. We are better today than yesterday and this union will certainly wreak havoc on our common enemy, the PDP come 2019. “The date for the mother of all mega political rallies to formally welcome these great men and their groups to our party will soon be announced. I urge you to go back to your Wards and LGAs to proclaim it, echoe it and declare it that the mother of all political rallies that will finally silence PDP in Delta State is few weeks away.
“Let us work harder and be more committed to our collective goals, so that we can achieve the greater and bigger objective which is to take over Delta State in 2019.”
In the same vein, State Deputy Chairman of APC, Chief Cyril Abeye Ogodo who presided over the meeting (State Chairman, Prophet Jones ode Erue, could not attend due to ill-health) said Delta APC is a moving train that cannot be stopped until it arrives Governmnt House, Asaba in 2019.
He further asserted that Chief Great Ogboru and Hon Victor Ochie, other political heavyweights and their groups joining Delta APC family attests to the fact that Deltans from the three senatorial districts have fully resolved to end the era of bad governance which brought untold hardship, acute poverty and joblessness to the good people of the State.
Chief Ogodo disclosed that the Delta APC Contact committee job is to liaise with federal government agencies, departments and corporations to negotiate and secure jobs and empowerment for members of the party in particular and other categories of qualified Deltans in general.
He thanked both the Contact and Welcome Committees for their efforts in ensuring that some of the goals and terms of reference were achieved, adding that their selfless service to the party has yielded inestimable growth and rapid expansion of the political family in the state and at national levels.
The Contact Committee was further expanded to include the State Woman Leader, Dr Mrs Oyubu, Barrister Andrew Orugbo and Sir Jaro Egbo, so as to reach out to some targeted individuals and Deltans who are currently holding important positions at federal level.
It will be recalled that recently the state leader of APC, Olorogun Otega Emerhor disclosed at a grand reception held for Senator Ovie Omo Agege that the peoples’ general, Chief Great Ogboru, Rt Hon Victor Ochie and their groups have indicted interest to formally join the state chapter of the APC.
The coast is now clear as the new members and their teeming supporters Tuesday June 7 formally joined the APC train with the massive registration exercise which would astronomically sky-rock the membership of APC in Delta State.
Others who joined the APC blazing train are some leaders of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and some aggrieved leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.