The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso has challenged Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North in the National Assembly to an election contest in 2023.
Esiso gave the challenge on Friday, when he received hundreds of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who defected to the PDP at a reception in honour of Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr Daniel Ossai at Utagba-Uno in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
The APC defectors were led by former Deputy State Chairman of the party, Chief Terry Otuya
While receiving the defectors, Esiso, described the APC as “noise makers” and vowed to chase them out of Delta.
He said, “tell that man, Peter Nwaoboshi whom we all worked hard to send to the Senate twice, that if his name is really Nwaoboshi, let him come and contest in 2023.
“They are free to make their noise but they are aware that when the chips are down they cannot stand the PDP machinery in Delta.
“I doubt their capabilities; so, don’t believe their promises; they are all lies. How can anybody truly call a Deltan to be deceived by that party called APC?
“Today, Nigeria is now the poverty headquarters of the world, because of APC’s poor leadership in the nation.
“They can do whatever they like anywhere particularly, Abuja, but let them know that Delta is a no-go area for them.
“We will defeat him in the nine local governments of Delta North.”
Chairman of the occasion, Admiral Mike Onah (retd), in his remarks, said that the Ndokwa nation was grateful to the PDP for appointing their son as State Secretary.
He urged him to work hard to leave a legacy that Ndokwa nation and Delta State would be proud of.
On her part, a former Presidential Adviser, Dr Esther Uduehi, said Ndokwaland was united for the PDP and urged the people to remain resolute for the party in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the APC defectors, Chief Otuya, said that all of them agreed to dump the APC because the party lacked leadership and direction.
“We the erstwhile members of the APC hereby dump our brooms and we have all agreed to embrace the PDP.
“We built the PDP in 1999 and we have only been on sabbatical. We used to be PDP’s albatross but now that we are back at home, we will work harder to ensure victory for the PDP, going forward,’’ he said.