A cross-section of PDP faithful and supporters at the Kwale rally
By Chukwudi Abiandu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State today netted in a huge harvest of leaders and their supporters who decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) the Accord Party (AP) among numerous others, at a mega reception rally, where an elated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa challenged his opponents to a debate, and deriding them for visiting the Delta State only during election periods.
The event which took place at the Kwale Township Stadium was a humongous carnival, eliciting joy, and ecstasy saw political bigwigs like the former deputy governorship candidate to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of the APC in the 2015 governorship elections, Mr Val Abanum decamps to the PDP with his retinue of supporters.
Rt. Hon. Mercy Almona-Isei being received back into PDP.
There was also Mr. Emmanuel Ogude, the proprietor of Chronicles Hotels, Asaba; Mr. Gabriel Mordi, from Oshimili-South, Mr. Cyril Okobi from Ika South, Mr. Henry Onianwa, the APC Oshimili-North, Mr. Victor Nsolo; Tom Ogedegbe; Mr. Stanley Eshanomi, Apostle Peter Edodome, the SDP chairman in Ughelli-South, and Vincent Sido.
Those who left and now returned to PDP included the former member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Mercy Almona-Isei and Mr. Pat. Mgbalu.
The decampees and returnees had glowing tributes to pay to the PDP and its leadership in the State, and especially for the good things that Governor Okowa is doing in the state, which to them deserve praise and commendation.
Okowa who spoke in pidgin English, castigated his opponents for their myopia, asking: “How much of Delta State do they know? I have lived all my life in Delta state, save for the little time I had to go to the University of Ibadan where I studied to become a medical doctor. We in Delta state know what is good for us.”
Urging the PDP faithful to ignore the opposition, Okowa taunted them saying:“They have not been able to find where their congress is. They even cheat one another in their own house. As a result, they have all scattered. We are not responsible for their disintegration; it is the evil that is in them that is responsible. Them no go school.”
“we are praying for debate, they will have nothing to talk about, I am in Delta State, I only left when I went to Ibadan to study Medicine, my opponents will have nothing to say, so they will run away from a debate.”
“We cannot deceive ourselves when you contest election today and after three years and a half, a month to the election you are back to Delta State to ask for votes, who do you want to deceive? Even their congresses, they are deceiving themselves; the PDP had free and fair primary elections,” he said.
“In Port Harcourt, 12 persons contested in the presidential primary election, one person emerged and no one left after the primaries because, we live in love and we believe in God; when you have God, you are not afraid, we are on a solid rock but, those who could not conduct elections are on sinking sand; no matter what they do, we are not afraid,” Governor Okowa stated.
He assured, “we will win in all the places, even when they conduct the elections severally, we will win them, they are in disarray, the campaign is yet to commence and they have several cases in different courts, that is not how an organised political party should be.”
The governor who received the decampees said, “I must thank all of you for coming to this rally, I must thank all our brothers and sisters who are returning to our party, you are welcome back home.”
Governor Okowa’s Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Chairman of the PDP in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, Hon. Solomon Funkekeme, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, among others in their separate goodwill message stated that the PDP will get 100 per cent votes in the state.
Hon. Gabriel Mordi significantly tore his APC membership card, saying that the achievements of Governor Okowa was attracting members of the opposition political parties to the PDP.
Coordinator of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Greg Onah and PDP chieftain, Dr. Tabs Ogaranya-Tabowe described the success of the rally as good signal that Governor Okowa has endeared himself to Deltans through his people-oriented projects
More APC decampees throw away their brooms.