Ahead of the February 28 governorship polls in Delta State, a political ‘Big fish’ and a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sir Okenmor Fidelis Tilije has formally decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While receiving Sir Tilije into the PDP, in Obiaruku, Ukwuani local Government Area of Delta State on Monday, February 02, 2015, the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, who was accompanied by the PDP governorship flag bearer, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, urged him to translate his defection to PDP into more victory for the party.
The state deputy governor who acted on behalf of Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Edwin Uzor and leader of the party, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, CON, asserted that it is very difficult and uncomfortable to succeed when in opposition.
“Today, from what you told me when I visited you with my contact committee, you have demonstrated that you are a man of integrity. Today, you have joined the main stream, and that is PDP. Let this bold step you have taken today translate the entire vote in Ukwuani Local Government Area, in Delta North Senatorial District to victory for our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and our Governorship Candidate, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, and PDP in general”. Prof. Utuama stated.
While commending Sir Tilije for his bold step, Prof. Utuama, urged him to reach out to his followers across the state in order for them to follow his footsteps in joining the PDP, adding that PDP has remained the winning team since 1999.
The PDP Governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, while addressing Sir Fidelis Tilije and the people of Ukwuani, noted that Sir Tilije joining the PDP is one of the waves of change in favour of PDP that will be noticed across the country.
According to Dr. Okowa, “It is time to unite the state; it is time to unite the people in Delta State. And there is nothing better than unity, because when you are united, there is peace and in that unity there is fairness, justice and equity. It is only when this exists that you can truly develop the people and the state and that is what we represent in PDP”.
“Today your declaring publicly to us in PDP is a mark of honour, but most importantly it is a show of integrity in you. For that which you said at the beginning, today, you have made it to be. I therefore call on you to reach out to your followers across the state so that they will join hands with us to do that which is right for our state”.
Dr. Okowa assured that if elected, he will continue to develop the youths and make them more responsive and also develop the youths in such a way that they will gainfully employ themselves or be employed.
Sir. Okenmor Tilije earlier in his declaration, highlighted the forces behind his defection from APC to PDP, noting that to be progressive does not mean you should not recognize your leaders and fathers.
“One of the driving forces behind my crossing to PDP is that, I can no longer watch somebody who claimed to be born to rule to encourage that a seating president should be stoned when he is campaigning. To be progressive does not mean you should seat down somewhere at Jigawa and begin to stone my president. Today I hereby change my face from the opposition and alternative government to the true house of government in Delta State which is the PDP”. Sir Tilije stated.
Meanwhile, the state deputy governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), on behalf of the party directed the chairman of PDP, Ukwuani local government to formerly introduce Sir Tilije to his ward chairman for proper registration into party.