I am John the Baptist, more Niger Deltans will soon join APC
Immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, yesterday appeared at the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting in Abuja.
His action put to rest months of speculation about his likely change of political affiliation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also at the meeting was fellow new APC ‘devotee’ and the erstwhile minority leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.
On hand to receive the new members were President Muhammadu Buhari and the former national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun among other party bigwigs.
Meanwhile in a press statement entitled MOVING ON TO THE BIGGER PLAYING FIELD made available to GbaramatuVoice newspaper, Dr. Uduaghan giving reasons for his change of political party said in part: “Since the inception of the current All Progressives Congress, APC, administration at the federal level, there has been an encouraging interest and activities by President Muhammadu Buhari to bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis. This has pointed in a direction that is at once progressive and developmental.
“Topmost in these activities are the ENGAGEMENT PROCESSES. Rather than using the military to harass our people, the Buhari administration has embarked on various engagement processes that have led to agreements and brought hope to the people of the Niger Delta.
“In the last years, Mr. President has personally engaged several regional leaders and youths. Senior officials of his administration also engaged many Niger Delta leaders and youths. Very significant is that Mr. President mandated the Vice President Prof Yemi Osibajo(SAN) to visit virtually all the oil producing states, engaging various stakeholders.
“This is unprecedented in the history of the region. Such engagement processes have brought some measure of peace in the Niger Delta. Things can only get better.
“Beyond the engagement processes, however, the Buhari administration has embarked on some infrastructural and human capital development activities in the region.
“In Delta State, the opening of a Maritime University; the setting up of a steering committee for the EPZ (GAS CITY); the plan for a deep sea port; the dredging of the Escravos-Warri River; the opening of the railway line to Delta Steel Company(the soon to be flagged off, by Mr. President); the Omadino-Escravos Road that will pass through many riverine communities; the various road construction works by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the various TCN projects across the State are some of the positive activities in the region.”