By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
EFFURUN — OGBUESHI Fidelis Tilije, three-time governorship running mate to Chief Great Ogboru in Delta State, has decamped from the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, to All Progressives Congress, APC.
He announced his move, yesterday, at a rally by APC in Effurun, Delta State, to solicit support for the party’s candidate, Olorogun O‘tega Emerhor in the October 12, Delta Central bye-election.
Governors Adams Oshiomhole and Rochas Okorocha of Edo and Imo states, National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Tom Ikimi, former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Senator Adego Eferakeya and former NUPENG Secretary General, Chief Frank Kokori, were party leaders that took part in the rally.
Leading several hundreds of DPP decampees to APC, Ogbuefi Tilije said: “You all know me as a three-time running mate to Chief Ogboru. I am here to tell you that APC is the change we want. I am here with all these followers to formally decamp to APC because the party represents what we want.
“We want change and APC is the only way. Vote for O’tega, vote for APC. I know the three candidates, there is the good, the better and the best. O’tega is the best.”
Also speaking, Chief Oyegun, said: “I was born here and I grew up here. I am here to tell you that we are 100 percent behind O’tega. The APC acceptance is about to be tested, come Saturday. The first battle for change is about to start, the Nigerian revolution is about to start, the Nigerian change is about to start, so be ready to vote APC.”
Chief Kokori said: “Nigeria now has two parties. The progressives, if you are a good Nigerian, you join APC. All the good people have left PDP for the APC. I tell you that change has come, their party has finished because many governors are leaving and very soon five more will join us, vote for change, vote for O’tega.”
On his part, Governor Okorocha said: “The victory of O’tega has been signed sealed and delivered. For so many years, Nigeria has suffered due to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The DPP is dead and the Egyptian you see today you will see them no more. “
Before handing over the party flag to O’tega, Governor Oshiomhole said “This battle is between O’tega and two others at large, Nigeria must have managed its past wrongly but we cannot compromised the future.”