MAGNUS Ngei Abe, a Senate candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Rivers South-East Senatorial District re-run election, has predicted that members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would decamp en-masse to the APC before the state and National Assembly re-run elections.
Speaking at the reception of more than 700 persons who defected from the PDP to the APC in Khana Local Government Area, Abe said that the Ogoni people had realised that the PDP had nothing to offer to them.
He urged those still in the PDP and wishing to join the APC to do so immediately as the APC would be willing to accept them and work with them in the campaign promising that those who worked for the party during the elections would also be considered by the party in victory.
“We expect that we will work together to move Ogoni to greater height where everybody will have a chance of prosperity,” Abe said.
Earlier, Marvin Yobana, one of the defectors, and a former aide to Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, said that he was an ardent supporter of the former president and was deceived into believing that President Muhammadu Buhari did not like Niger Delta people, but, 60 days after his assumption of office, he approved the implementation of the UNEP report.
He explained that that singular action told him that the Ogoni would stand to benefit more in the Buhari administration than being in opposition in the PDP.
He urged Ogoni people to vote massively for Abe and other candidates of the APC at the re-run elections.
In his speech at the event, Emma Deeyah, a former member of the House of Representatives, said that the Ijaw people under Jonathan’s administration let the Ogoni down and urged the Ogoni still in the PDP to decamp en-masse to give support to President Buhari, pointing out that with Senator Abe as their representative in the Senate, he would attract development projects for the Ogoni and speak their minds in the upper legislative chamber.
— Jan 27, 2016 @ 17:50 GMT