By Austin Ogwuda
THE Action Congress (AC), candidate in the 2007 governorship race in Delta State, Mr. Peter Okocha, weekend, declared his resignation from the party along with members of the parallel executive body and other members of the party loyal to him.
Okocha and his followers, however, did not immediately disclose the political party they have moved to.
Before the resignation, there had been two existing secretariats of the party, including one led by Mr. Yemi Omaghomi, while the other is led by Chief Sam Egwarome, who the National executive of the party recently confirmed as the authentic chairman of AC in Delta.
The exit from AC was made known after a meeting held at the parallel secretariat of the party in Asaba.
A communiquÃ© signed by Mr. Peter Okocha himself, a former commissioner for Housing in the State, Dr. Alex Ideh, and also the National Treasurer of AC, Yemi Omaghomi, parallel state Chairman of AC and others, said: â€œThere have been several attempts to infiltrate and weaken the resolve of our party members to stand firm in its opposition to the existing government in our state.
â€œThat the re-instatement of the deposed party chairman, despite very clear evidence of his being a mole within the party, is a clear indication that the national leadership of the party is not sensitive to the plight of our teeming members, particularly as many of our candidates as are still in court pursuing electoral justice.
â€œThat this singular action, despite serious protestation from our national leaders in the state, has completely eroded the confidence of our members in the national leadership of the party. We also believe that the vibrant opposition which the Action Congress is known for is completely dead in our state and accordingly, we have no option than to resign en masse from the party.â€
Before the meeting commenced, a former national leader of AC who recently changed camp to PDP, Chief Ejiofor Onyia, appeared and told the press that he came to formally inform AC leadership that he had moved to PDP.