Barely 24 hours to the conduct of the Delta Central senatorial district by-election, two chieftains of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Thursday formally relinquished their membership of the party and pitched their tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defected DPP members are Hon. Austine Ogbaburhon, who represents Ughelli/Udu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives and Hon. Keston Okoro, who is the member representing Udu Local Government Area at the state House of Assembly.
Ogbaburhon, Okoro and their supporters made good their decision to join the PDP at a brief but impressive ceremony at Orhuworhun in Udu Local Government Area, which was attended by the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama and the PDP’s standard bearer in tomorrow’s by-election, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, who welcomed the defected members, insisted that they be reinstated to the former positions in the party without delay.
Meanwhile, Uduaghan, who spoke at the event, stressed that adequate security arrangement and logistics had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free poll and prayed for a peaceful election.
The governor, who could not hide his excitement at the major boost to the fortunes of the PDP, particularly in Udu area, said the by-election should not be a do-or-die affair.
He, however, noted that his administration had not neglected any part of the state in the provision of infrastructure and other developmental projects.
In his remarks, Ogbaburon said they were back in the PDP fold for good and would work earnestly towards the victory of the party not only in tomorrow’s election but in all future elections.
“We, who were in the DPP and all other small parties have today crossed over to the PDP; we are tired of being in the opposition, we see that President Goodluck Jonathan is listening to us the Urhobo people and we have better chances with a PDP senator in Abuja. We, members of PDP are going to win by a wide margin,” he said.
Before their stint in the newly registered APC, the two lawmakers had been members of the DPP, after initially leaving the PDP; but the DPP in the state had broken into two major factions, one led by the party’s 2011 governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru.
The other faction had the late Senator Pius Ewherido and Chief O’tega Emerhor, the candidate of the APC in tomorrow’s by-election, and numerous others joining the merger process that gave birth to the APC.