THE People Democratic Party, PDP, has described the resignation of Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, former leader of the Senate, from the party as a big loss.
John Okon, chairman of the PDP in Cross River State, who made the declaration, however, stated that the party wished Ndoma-Egba well in his future political endeavour.
Speaking in an interview, Okon said: “As a leader who has been exposed, and who has been in the party, if he says he is no longer comfortable in the party again, he wants to leave, it is his fundamental human right. He is a leader in Cross River State, he is a community leader, he is a friend, and I wish him the best of luck in his new party. To us he is still part of us; we will continue to talk to him. But, he has the right to his own decision. To me as a chairman of the party, there is no hard feelings, no bitter feelings. It is a big loss, but the party must move on.”
However, Okon stated that the resignation of Ndoma-Egba from the PDP did not come to them as a surprise because he had long indicated he was on his way out of the party.
He said if Ndoma-Egba had left suddenly, it would have been a bigger blow to the PDP, but stressed that the former leader of the Senate had showed his anger immediately after the party primaries in the build-up to the 2015 general election. The party chairman, who likened Ndoma-Egba’s resignation from the PDP to the termination of a protracted illness, said the party was seriously relieved by his movement out of the fold.
“For some time, this issue has been on after the primaries, nomination, campaigns and so on. So, it has been there with us. It is a big relief,” Okon said.
The party chairman said the exit of the former Senate leader from the PDP would not affect its electoral fortunes in the state in future because the party was well grounded and popular among the electorate.
On Wednesday, September 16, Ndoma-Egba, formally dumped the PDP through a resignation letter he signed and sent the party chairman in Akparabong Ward, Ikom Local Government Area, in central senatorial district of Cross River State, where he hails from.
It is strongly speculated that Ndoma-Egba would soon join the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has been wooing him in recent times.
— Sep 28, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT