“…we left PDP last year on our own,” they insist
By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, expelled the immediate past Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Victor Ochei, former Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, a former member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Doris Uboh and Mr Ngozi Okolie from the party for leaving the party to contest elections on the platforms of other political parties.
Announcing the expulsions shortly after the State Executive meeting, Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Edwin Uzor, said: “Any member of the PDP who left the party to contest against the party’s candidate from another party has been expelled.
“We rose from a meeting this morning (yesterday) and their expulsion was approved. I am telling you this as the chairman of the party. The party had earlier issued an ultimatum to the erring members to retrace their steps failing which they would be sanctioned. These persons never took the party’s warnings seriously, hence their expulsion.”
Disclosing that over 10 members were suspended from the party for engaging in anti-party activities, Uzor said; “There are several others on the party’s watch list who it will not hesitate to sanction accordingly.”
But reacting, Omo-Agege, said: “The exercise is a joke taken too far. They should wake up from their slumber and smell the coffee. How can PDP expel a man who voluntarily left the party since last year, and is now a bonafide and happy member of Labour Party?
“We are committed to the struggle of electing a more credible governor in the person of Chief Great Ogboru for the state. We have moved past PDP and we refuse to be distracted.”
Speaking in the same vein, Mr Ochei said his decision to move out of the PDP was in realization of his desire to render qualitative representation to the people of Delta North and would not be dissuaded by political detractors.