PDP Suffers Setback As Alimodu Sheriff Loyalists Dump Party For APC

Supporters of sacked national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, led by a former National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, have dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The defecting Sheriff loyalists, in their thousands, said they were “suffocated out of the party through deliberate act of…”
'Layinka Ishola
September 16, 2017 9:16 pm

Supporters of sacked national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, led by a former National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, have dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The defecting Sheriff loyalists, in their thousands, said they were “suffocated out of the party through deliberate act of impunity which led to the defeat of the party in 2015”.

The former PDP members were received by top members of the APC led by National Vice Chairman of APC, Mr. Hilliard Eta; Delta State leader of the party, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor; Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu; and the state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Erue, among others in Agbor.

Speaking during the ceremony, PDP’s former National Vice Chairman (South-South), Ojougboh, said since the Supreme Court judgment which ousted the Sheriff faction, the Ahmed Makarfi national leadership have refused to reach out to them, hence their resolve to leave.

His words, “We asked the national body to open up the party after the unfortunate court judgment, the next thing we heard was that they were going to grant us amnesty, as if we are criminals.

“When Raymond Dokpesi was nominated as member of the committee for the non-elective convention, his nomination was rejected because they said they spent money on the court judgment.

“As if that was not enough, during the Anambra State governorship primary election, Jerry Gana was made chairman of a three-man committee to midwife a transparent election, but governors Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State rejected it and came up with another committee that went to Anambra and handed everything to Peter Obi.

“Back here in Delta, we asked the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to remove impunity, but what we continue to see here is a … family government.

“We now said it is time to look for people of like minds, people of progressive ideology to meet with, because I know most of you have ambitions to pursue.

“If we do not make a decision to belong to the progressives, most of you will miss out.”

1 Comment

Okodugha Alex

I am worried by politicians who change camp becease they are not getting what they want. When it takes a man over sixteen years to realize that he is in a wrong group, and then join that group that he has demonised and derided for that length of time, I am inclined to doubt the integrity of such a man. More worrisome is the fact that these decampees never join a struggling party to help build it up and possibly establish their desired authority, rather they go to an established opposition party. How far can they go?. I strongly guess that parties are always very apprehensive of decampees; and thus eat with them with a long spoon. I don’t think it is in the interest of a party to be dominated by decampees. I am not a politician.

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