Okowa jitters over Nwaka's defection, place Ogwashi-uku PDP leaders marathon race


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By Ossai Victory/Kparobo Ehvwubare—Asaba
It was a black Monday for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and Delta PDP family, following Hon. Tony Nwaka defection to All Progressive Congress, APC in Delta State that kept many by surprise.

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According to our Government House sources explained that Gov. Okowa was shocked by the development when an aide to the governor broke the news to him in the early hours of Monday, showing Nwaka's facebook statement to the governor, a development that made the governor to cancel all private meetings with him on Monday morning.

The sources told our Asaba correspondent that Mr. Tony Nwaka defection placed the governor in confused State, stressing that the governor was said to be eating and dinning with his enemies in the State.

Uncomfortable with Nwaka defection, Gov. Okowa has allegedly summoned PDP leaders in Ogwashiukwu to a meeting billed to hold Tuesday night at the Governor’s residence, but asked a closed ally of Mr. Tony Nwaka who is still in PDP to meet with Mr. Nwaka to ascertain the rationale to pitch tent with the opposition in the State.

Okowa according to sources has also directed a top PDP official to advise Nwaka to stage a comeback to the party, with a promise of juicy appointment in the State, but as at the time of filing this report, it is unclear if Mr. Tony Nwaka would accept the offer of the governor, as close source to Nwaka told our correspondent that the former commissioner was under pressure by party leadership to stage a comeback, a development he is not finding so easy.

Nwaka close aide who spoke to our correspondent not to be on print noted that Nwaka defection was unconnected with his political ambition, which the governor was not ready to cede the party ticket to him informed Nwaka decision to quit the party.

Investigations by our correspondents revealed that Mr. Tony Nwaka, former commissioner for education and agriculture in the previous administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Executive Assistance to Gov. Okowa quit his position last week Monday, after effort made for Okowa to pay his outstanding debts being owed by Delta State government but yielded no result.

Unconfirmed reports revealed that Emmanuel Uduaghan has directed all his die-hard loyalists being owed by Delta State Government, where Okowa blatantly refused to pay them to quit the Party, vowed to fight Okowa during the election if he refused to give them (Uduaghan and his loyalists) party ticket to contest in the forthcoming general election.

In a facebook post at the early hours of Monday, March 5, 2018, Dr. Nwaka said he has dumped the PDP in preference for the APC, under which platform he intends to achieve his political ambition to serve his people.

In the post titled: “FINALLY, I SAY GOODBYE TO PDP,” Dr. Nwaka said: “I shall not go into the details of my recent political experiences, for the palm wine tapper does not disclose all that he sees from the treetop.
“Suffice to say that, after a critical evaluation of the journey so far, it is now time to heed the advice of my followers and seek an alternative vehicle for the actualization of my political convictions.
“Although there are many political platforms, every politician craves for genuine accommodation and a sense of belonging.
“Accordingly, whilst I wish all my former fellow PDP men well, I step forward in faith to join the next available major option, the APC.
“I pray that my vision of politics and public service would find true expression with the progressives.
“I do this believing that, ultimately, no matter your sentiments for a political platform, effective service delivery remains the final goal of political parties, and it is on that score we shall all be judged by the people.”

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