Former Delta State Governor Reveals Why He Dumped PDP For APC
Former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has given reasons he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Uduaghan also stated reasons he withdrew his support from his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during the 2014 PDP governorship primaries in the state.
The former governor, in an interview with Channels Television, also waved aside comments that his defection to the APC was owing to his fear of not being able to clinch the Delta South PDP senatorial ticket.
He said, “It did not come about suddenly. It’s something that I had been thinking about, I would say for about six months.
“It is not easy to move from a house that you built to another house especially with your household. So you have to plan it properly, think about it and discuss it with the members of your family.
“Of course, generally, we have been together for over 20 years, and there is bound to be disagreements.
“But when you look at the larger picture of where the family is now, where your political party is, the future of your current political party and look at the party you want to go into, where are they now?
“But the final decision is yours because whatever happens, you bear the final consequences either good or bad. That was what I did, and that was why it took some time.
“I managed Delta State for eight years and before then, I worked closely with my boss as SSG, my boss (Chief James Ibori) being the head of the management.
“I know what it took to manage the Niger Delta because most of the problems started from Delta State as the interethnic crisis in 1997 and spread to other states.
“With that kind of experience, you look at the people currently managing it. You look at the federal and various state governments, from time to time, you access what they are doing.
“Sometimes you are happy with what they are doing and sometimes you are not because you have done your bit and pulled back, then you assess your bit.
“Now it’s not possible for one person to go there and do everything, the people that have come in, what improvement are they putting in the place?
“And when you see that these people are doing something that would move the region forward, you would want to encourage them by making sure that the things they are doing, they are supported.”