By: Ike Philip Abiagom
Former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs,Chief Dr Ben Iwezu,immediate past PDP LGA Woman Leader,Mrs Kate Mokobia,immediate past Councillor of Ward 1 ,Hon Isaac Agbmauche,immediate past Youth Leader of Ward 1 Comrade Ifeanyi Ibemezim, together with over 500 women and Youths of Akwukwu Igbo Community has dump PDP for APC yesterday in Akwukwu Igbo Kingdom ,the headquarters of Oshimili North Local government Area.
Giving reasons for leaving the PDP,Iwezu said they had an intense and exhaustive deliberation on the political wrangling and demise of internal democracy in Oshimili North chapter of PDP as well as consulted widely across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Iwezu noted that the present leadership of the Delta PDP had lost its political direction, adding that all attempts to suggest ways of redirecting the fortunes of the party were resisted by the leadership of the party.
Iwezu said the action of suspending top leaders of the party on spurious allegations were undemocratic and has reduced the morale of members to its lowest.
“That as a result of leadership failure, Delta State PDP no longer command the electoral sentiment of the Delta people.
“We, therefore in our numbers collectively resolve that Delta state PDP has failed in its objective mission to the people and we have this day resigned our membership of the PDP and have resolved to join the All Progressives Congress.”
Addressing party supporters, Iwezu said the resignation was not to give room for speculation or give impression that they were retiring from politics.
Chief Dr Ben Iwezu cautioned them using against ‘throwing stones at the house we once inhabited, a house we have many friends and many associates.He said, “PDP and any other political party for that matter were not our enemies. Please refrain from any attack that suggests that we are leaving PDP in anger or in bitterness. What is important is our primary objective in politics, why we chose to be in politics.
“Many people have different reasons for being in politics but for most of us in this group we see politics as an opportunity to represent our people, we see it as an opportunity to assess government and bring the dividends, the benefits of government to our people and we cannot be fulfilled if we play politics without being above to achieve these goals.
“People might call us names, but many understand why we have to do what we did. We have done what we have done because we believe that we just assist to bring development to our people. We must assist to bring solutions. It is not enough to just criticise and criticise. We want to be in the forefront of providing solutions.
“We want to assure our brothers there that we are not coming to a strange place. APC is home to many of us just like PDP was home. We are going into the APC with good intentions. We are not going there to join factions. We are going to join APC. We are going there to help strengthen the party and we intend to give our full allegiance to those in charge, those in authority. We will not undermine the powers that be. We will not join in any fight or name calling but we have come with the best of intentions.”
The Occasion was well attended by notable State and Local Government Leaders; Chief Austin Izagbo Ide of Igbuzo, ICDU President General Worldwide and APC State Chairman Reconciliation Committee,Chief Nelson Agbmauche, the Odoziani 1 of Akwukwu Igbo Kingdom, APC chieftain from Ward 1,Akwukwu Igbo, Ogbuenyi Barr Alex Onwudiamu Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Senate President of the Nigeria Senate, Chief Adizue Eluaka ,A leader from Oshimili South LGA, Prof. Leroy Edozie, the Ubilikankwu of Asaba Land, he’s another leader from Oshimili South, Chief Ozor Njagwuani APC Oshimili North LGA Caretaker Chairman, Chief Barr Ben Okonkwo, a leader in Oshimili North APC, the State Youth Leader was also present, Mrs Tina Okwudishu, immediate past state Assistant Woman Leader, Delta North, Ogbueshi Tony Ejiofor, immediate past State PDP Asst. Organizing Secretary, Delta North, Mrs Rose Idoko immediate past PDP LGA Vice Chairman, Chief Chiejina Okafor former PDP Chairman Oshimili North LGA, Hon Mrs Lady Pat Asiana, former LEA Executive Secretary, former Councillor, former State Board member, immediate past SA to Governor on Community Development, Chief Kizito Ijeh a leader in Oshimili North, Chief Mike Diayi aka Akwa Akwulu also a Leader in Ward 4 Ibusa, Mr Nduka Okoji a leader in Ward 8, Chief Elofu Dike aka the Umejei the 2nd of Isu Ancient Kingdom and the a major contestant for Oshimili North Local Government Council Chairmanship position in just concluded local government council elections, Hon Henry Mordi aka Ojokojo is the immediate past PDP Local Government Organizing Secretary, immediate past PDP LGA Youth Leader Chief Peter Okocha aka Bobo Nkiti,Hon Leo Nkeaka (OHAMADIKE 1), Ogbueshi Ben Egwuatu a leader from Ukala, Comrade Vincent Iwunor and others.