The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Delta State chapter and the Delta State governor, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa have been accused of plotting to frustrate the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District of the State, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi following his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nwaoboshi who was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP), defected from the party to the APC last week and was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja.
He was accompanied by the APC National Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Mai Malam Buni and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who presented the Senator to President Buhari.
One week after the exit of Nwaoboshi who was a former Delta State chairman of the PDP, from the party, the leadership of the APC in the state has accused the governor of the State, Okowa along with the leadership of the PDP, of plotting to frustrate Nwaoboshi as well as allegedly plotting to incite the people of Delta North Senatorial District to collect their signatures for an attempt recall of the Senator.
In a statement signed by the Delta State Publicity Secretary (Caretaker) of the APC, Sylvester Imonina, Esq, the party alleged that the state governor in connivance with the PDP leadership, is doing everything possible to frustrate the Senator in the remaining two years of his tenure, including sponsoring false accusations and collecting signatures of electorate in the Senatorial District with a view to recalling him.
The statement read in part: “It is not in doubt that Sen. Nwaoboshi’s defection to APC was received by PDP leadership with shock, because same dealt a great blow to the crumbling PDP and its followership. While majority of the Aniomas applauded the move, PDP leadership resorted to names calling!
“Unfortunately for the PDP and its hallelujah boys, Delta APC and the respected Senator were not perturbed by PDP’s rantings. However, to avoid some members of the public being mislead by PDP names calling, we want to state unequivocally that there is no legal or moral burden hanging on Distinguished Sen. Nwaoboshi. The allegations of financial misappropriation that was pending at the High Court in Lagos State have been laid to rest, as Sen. Nwaoboshi was recently discharged and acquitted of all counts against him by the said Court.
“Delta PDP, having realized that their attempt to portray Sen. Nwaoboshi in bad light before Deltans had failed, have now resorted to unholy plots to make the remainder of the tenure of Sen. Nwaoboshi at the National Assembly unattractive. Information at the disposal of APC is that meetings are being held by the Governor, Dr. Okowa and PDP top-notch to bring down Sen. Nwaoboshi on his knees.
“Part of the outcomes of the devilish meetings is the commissioning of political hallelujah boys to continue to sponsor false accusations and/or write unfounded stories against Senator Nwaoboshi.
“Also, some leaders in each of the LGAs that make up Delta North were directed to collect signatures of Electorates in the Senatorial District for the purpose of recalling the performing Senator. Though, they know that that option is not practicable, but because they want to distract Sen. Nwaoboshi by every means possible, they are still hell-bent on carrying out the shameful plot.”
The statement further alleged that the State PDP has ordered leaders of the party in the different local government areas in Delta North Senatorial District to frustrate any effort of the Senator geared towards attracting developmental projects to any part of the district, adding that in compliance to the alleged order, the proposed Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Aboh, Ndokwa East LGA, which has passed second reading, is being frustrated by some persons.
It also alleged that Governor Okowa is presently in contact with some lawyers in Benin City for the purpose of going to court to seek the declaration of Nwaoboshi’s seat vacant in the Senate.
“Another order given to PDP Leaders in the LGAs that make up Delta North is that anything that tends to endear Sen. Nwaoboshi to the people, particularly his determined attraction of infrastructural developments to Delta North or anywhere in the State should be frustrated. Hence, some commissioned PDP never-do-well in Ndokwa Nation are hell-bent in frustrating the establishment of a Federal University in Aboh area of the State.
“Though, we believe that the love and support of the commoners in Ndokwa Nation for Sen. Nwaoboshi will help in bringing to fruition, the establishment of the University; which its Bill had passed second reading in the National Assembly.
“The Governor and some of his close allies have also reached out to some lawyers in the State and Benin City, for the purpose of going to Court to seek for the declaration of the seat of Sen. Nwaoboshi vacant because he chose to pitch his tent with APC. In order to hasten the condemnable plot, some of their sympathizers in the judiciary are being reached out to! They will all fail, and disgrace shall be their portion”, the statement further noted.
The APC leadership averred that Senator Nwaoboshi has no hand in the political misfortunes affecting the PDP in the State. He added that Gov. Okowa and the PDP should look inward for the cause of the PDP’s problem.
“Delta APC wants to sound it loud and clear that Sen. Nwaoboshi is not responsible for the political misfortunes plaguing PDP in Delta State. Gov. Okowa and his political Marauders should look inward because they are the problems of their Party.
“It is preposterous for them to think that the misgovernance being dished out to Deltans on a daily basis is not enough reason for any sane mind to go to where his interest and the interest of his people can be better protected!
“PDP should stop its political shenanigans and deliver real and quality dividends of democracy to Deltans. Attacking and/ or trying to bring down Distinguished Sen.
Nwaoboshi is a wild goose chase. Deltans will not support political vendetta”, the statement concluded.