BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba — WHILE stakeholders within the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, are fretting over power shift in the coming governorship race in Delta State, a faction of Democratic People’s Party, DPP, in the state, led by Chief Great Ogboru, said yesterday, that it was yet to decide from which senatorial district its governorship candidate would emerge.
State Chairman of the party, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, in an interview with Vanguard, also dismissed claims that the party had gone into oblivion in the state following the defection of some of its members in the state House of Assembly to the ruling PDP as well as the faction of the party that moved to All Progressives Congress, APC.
He said: “Yes, our members have defected to PDP. We are not at all worried because before the last election, we did not have any member in the House. That we produced nine of them is a sign that we are progressing. We are not perturbed at all that they decamped after climbing there with our mandate, but it has taught us a lesson that we have to be very careful next time when we are fielding candidates as we demand absolute loyalty and nothing else.”
On the governorship race, the DPP chairman, said “just watch and see, we are going to field a credible candidate when the time comes, but to answer your question, we don’t know from which place he will emerge.”
At the inauguration of the Delta State Fifth Assembly, the 29-member House had, for the first time, 11 members, who are not members of PDP. Nine were from DPP, one from ACN and one from UAD. But at present, six of the DPP members have decamped to PDP remaining only three, namely, the Minority Leader, Mr. Julius Okpoko representing Okpe constituency, Benjamin Essien (Isoko South 1) and Joseph Oshevire, representing Ethiope East constituency, the home base of Chief Great Ogboru, the father of DPP.