The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South-East Senatorial District re-run election, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, on Wednesday, predicted that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will decamp en mass to the APC before the State and National Assembly re-run elections.
A statement signed by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, said that Senator Abe, made the revelation during a reception of over 700 decampees of PDP to APC in Khana Local Government Area.
According to Abe, “the Ogoni people have realized that PDP has nothing to offer to them,” he therefore urged those still in PDP and wishing to decamp to “do so immediately as the APC is willing to accept them and work with them in the campaign.
“We expect that we will work together to move Ogoni to greater height where everybody will have a chance of prosperity”, he said.
According to the statement, one of the decampees who is a former aide to Mrs. Patience Jonathan and Africa’s Representatives in the World Assembly of Youths, Mr. Marvin Yobana, said that he was an ardent supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Yobanna said he “was deceived into believing that President Muhammadu Buhari did not like Niger Delta people, but, sixty (60) days after his assumption of office, he approved the implementation of the UNEP report.”
According to him, that singular action tells that the Ogoni stand to benefit more in Buhari’s administration than being in opposition in PDP.
He, therefore, urged Ogoni people to vote massively for Senator Abe and other candidates of APC at the re-run elections.
Also speaking, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emma Deeyah, alleged that the Ijaw people under Jonathan’s administration let the Ogoni down.
He also urged the Ogoni still in PDP to decamp enmass 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.
An APC candidate in the House of Representatives for Gokana/Khana Federal constituency re-run election, Hon. Maurice Pronen, who spoke at the event said that APC parades candidates with better credentials that PDP.
In his own speech, the APC Deputy Gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Asita Okorie Asita, urged Rivers people to eschew violence during and after the re-run elections and remain steadfast in APC as such will bring accelerated development than being in the opposition.
While receiving the decampees, the State APC Secretary, Chief Emeka Bekee, said, “This is a great party that will handle the problem of Ogoni people. You have joined this party, go and preach our gospel, the gospel of peace, love and development of Rivers State”.