Former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has officially decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Uduaghan, who was a two-time governor under the PDP, had left the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the build-up to the 2015 general elections and subsequently contested for the Delta South Senatorial district ticket which he lost to incumbent Senator James Manager of the PDP.
Last week, Ekocitymagazine had reported that the former governor was on the verge of returning to the PDP after a closed-door meeting with Chief James Ibori, a former governor of the state.
News had been rife last week that Mr Uduaghan was set to return to the PDP after a series of closed-door meetings with the Delta State governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba, as well as in Oghara, the country home of Ibori.
Scores of Uduaghan’s supporters are currently at Abigboro, the Itsekiri home of the former governor, preparing the ground for the official defection to the PDP.
The ceremony is holding today, Monday, 28 September 2020, at Unit 1, Ward 6, Abigborodo, Warri North Local Government Area of the state.
Uduaghan was governor of Delta on the PDP platform for eight years (2007-2015). He was also a Commissioner for Health and later Secretary to the State Government under the administration of former Governor Ibori.
The former governor was said to have had a frosty relationship with his successor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa – also a medical doctor – which led to his defection to the APC.
He, thereafter, formed an unrewarding alliance with ousted APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and other chieftains of the party in Delta State even as he made an unsuccessful effort to unite the APC tendencies in the state.
It will be recalled that on 29 August 2018, Dr Uduaghan officially announced his defection to APC, boasting that he was like John the Baptist who was the forerunner of Jesus Christ, a statement interpreted by many to mean his cousin, former Gov. Ibori was to follow suit.