By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – RESIDENTS across Ogba Ndoni Egbema local government area, ONELGA, Rivers state, has expressed relief that they can now publicly declare membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, without hitherto risk of being targeted and killed by partisan rivals.
The people expressed the relief at a gathering in Omoku, ONELGA headquarters, where the party chieftain and Chief Medical Director, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Prof Henry Ugbomah, admitted 100 new members including defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the APC.
Chief Ugbomah noted that frequent politically motivated brutal killings before and after the 2015 general elections carried out by the terror gang of now eliminated Johnson Igwedibia, a.k.a. Don Waney largely targeted APC members and consequently deterred the people from voting for the party during elections.
Ugbomah said, “The bloodsuckers who kept us in prison are no longer there. They have gone into the abyss of hell. We know how they killed Chief Anidu and several APC leaders and followers. We know who the killers were and their sponsors.
“Nobody would have thought APC could gather here like this and say we are fed up with PDP. Say it before now, your head would be off your shoulders the next day. Thanks God the days of hiding because of killers are over.
“Now the heat is on their sponsors. Anyone who shared blood of the innocent in ONELGA will not go unpunished unless he truly repents. I urge you all to now freely preach the gospel of change. I was part of them, but left when the killing was too much. They know we will vote them out in 2019”
Queen Azubuike, one of the new APC entrants revealed that, “I had long been interested in joining the APC, but I couldn’t because of the way people were being killed. I am happy today that a Professor of Medicine has come out to encourage us. I will be active from now on”
The event was organized in furtherance of the pro-APC group, Free Rivers Development Initiative’s drive to mobilize as many members for the APC towards wrestling power from the ruling PDP in the state.