Supporters of the ousted factional leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, have reportedly joined the All Progressive Congress (APC).
They claimed they were “forced out” from the PDP.
The loyalists were led by the former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of House of Representatives, who is also a former vice chairman of PDP in the South-South zone.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu; national vice chairman of APC (S/S), Mr. Hilliard Eta; chairman of the party in the state, Jones Erue; O’tega Emerhor and Hyacinth Enuha were among the APC chieftains that received the new members at a ceremony in Agbor, Ika South L.G.A in Delta state.
Ojougboh says members of the Sheriff faction were sidelined, after Senator Ahmed Makarfi won the leadership tussle at the Supreme Court.
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 corrupt and family government. Till date, Okowa has not been able to account for the N20 billion Paris Club refund.”
According to Ojugboh, “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.”