The Delta State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally expelled all its members who decamped to other parties to seek elective position in the forthcoming general elections, even as it has suspended no less than 10 members of the party for anti-party activities.
Those expelled are, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, immediate past Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, former Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Hon. Doris Uboh, former member representing Ika Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, and Mr Ngozi Okolie, former Mmember, Direct Labour Agency, from the party for decamping to other Political parties to contest the 2015 general elections on the platforms of those political parties.
Ochei, (Delta North Senatorial Zone Candidate) Uboh (Ika Federal Constituency, House of Reps Candidate) and Okolie (Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, House of Reps candidate) had decamped to the Accord Party to pursue their elective ambitions, while Omo-Agege (Delta Central Senatorial Zone Candidate) had gone to the Labour Party, LP.
Both Ochei and Omo-Agege had contested the Delta PDP governorship primaries, while Okolie and Uboh had contested the PDP Primaries for the ticket of their various Federal constituencies, all in December 2014 and lost.
Announcing the expulsions shortly after the State Executive meeting at the Party Secretariat in Asaba, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, the Delta PDP Chairman Chief Edwin Uzor, said: “Any member of the PDP who left the party to contest against the party’s candidate from another party has been expelled.
“We rose from a meeting this morning and their expulsion was approved. I am telling you this as the chairman of the party. The party had earlier issued an ultimatum to the erring members to retrace their steps failing which they would be sanctioned. These persons never took the party’s warnings seriously, hence their expulsion.”
Uzor said the party issued an ultimatum to the erring members to retrace their steps failing which they would be sanctioned, but the failed to embrace the grace given by the party and even now there are no fewer than 10 members of the party who have been suspended from the party for engaging in anti-party activities,.
He said the affected members never took the party’s warnings seriously adding that there are several others on the party’s watch list, who are likely to receive the same punishment if the period of grace given to them is exhausted.
“There are several others on the party’s watch list who it will not hesitate to sanction accordingly,” Uzor warned.
The Delta PDP Chairman, who expressed satisfaction with the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards by the Independent National Electoral Commission, affirmed that about 1.8 million cards have so far been distributed out of the 2.2 million registered voters, even as he urged the electoral umpire to take measures to distribute the remaining 400,000 cards to the owners in the state to enable the voters exercise their franchise on Election Day.
Chief Uzor, equally waxed confident on the chances of the party in the forthcoming polls, hinging his assurance on the massive turnout which heralded the party’s campaign rallies across the 25 local government areas, which he said was a clear indication that victory was sure for the party in all the elections across the state.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had given a 48 hours ultimatum to its members who defected from the party in Delta State to return or face sanctions.
The message of the ultimatum had been conveyed by the Deputy Chairman of the PDP for the South South Zone, Chief Cairo Ojougbo, during the Campaign Flag Off of the Delta State governorship candidate of the party, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in Oghara on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Ojougboh further added that the PDP would no longer condone the act of its members leaving the party to contest under other platforms, when they lost primary elections, adding that it was imperative for all those who lost to respect the choice of the party and join hands with the chosen candidates to ensure victory for the party in the general elections.
The ultimatum expired on January 16, 2015 and after having waited patiently for the members to return to the fold to no avail, the Delta PDP has finally wielded the big stick and expelled them.