CHIEF Tom Ikimi
By AUSTIN OGWUDA
Asaba — FORMER Foreign Affairs Minister and National Vice-Chairman South-South of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Tom Ikimi, said, yesterday, in Asaba that APC was already creating waves as no fewer than 11 governors from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, family have found it as a veritable platform to decamp to.
Consequently, he sounded a note of warning against any sanction the leadership of PDP might take against those governors.
He spoke at the inauguration of state officers that will oversee the affairs of the party in Delta State.
His words: “Democracy in Nigeria is now assured because of the APC, some governors in PDP can now breathe fresh air. Five governors are moving around now and I am challenging them (PDP), they can do nothing to them (decampee governors) because they have alternative. They are coming to us. Don’t say I told you, it is a secret, it is a secret (laughter).
“Don’t worry, we have today 11 progressive governors, that 11 would soon be 15; it will be soon be 17, it will soon be 19, it will soon be 21 and then we shall be majority.”
On the Delta Central Senatorial election, he said, “I am in touch with our members in that senatorial district, the leadership of our party is in touch with the leadership of that senatorial district.
“We must do nothing that will stop us from taking that seat which belonged to our late member, Senator Pius Ewherido.
“When the time comes, we will be selected democratically and whoever that candidate will be, once he has been selected democratically, we shall all file behind him.”
Earlier, former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Dr. Olisa Imegwu, in a welcome address, said: “We are here this afternoon to welcome our leaders, elders and other stakeholders here present.
“We are thanking you all for your visit here and we are telling you that Delta State is solidly behind the party and we are ready to take over Government House by 2015.”
Other party chieftains that accompanied Ikimi to Asaba were, former Governor of Edo State, Chief John Oyegun, national auditor of the party, Mr. Olisaemeka Akamukale, among others.