In was a warm embrace and colourful ceremony on Saturday for the members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ward 5, Ovu, in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State as the Delta State Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, governorship candidate in the last general elections, Dr. O’Diakpo Obire, returned to the APC, with his deputy candidate, Engr. Rex Biose and his teeming supporters of over 20,000 across the state.
Receiving Obire at the party’s Ward 05 Secretariat in Ovu, the APC Ward Chairman Chief Ukavwe Anibor, the Exco members and notable party leaders applauded his decision to return to the party, adding that Obire is a political asset that would boost the strength of APC in Ethiope East LGA and Delta state at large.
The chairman said on June 26, 2018, Dr. O’Diakpo Obire who was then a bonafide card-carrying member and a frontline governorship aspirant of APC, released a press statement in which he announced his decision to quit the party due to what he described as “protracted and intractable rancour” between two factions that rocked the party over the control of its leadership in the state.
The major highlight of the event of his return to the party was the revalidation of his membership of the APC even as he was formally welcomed back by all members into the party.
In his response, Obire said he returned to the party after a brief sabbatical to run the governorship race on the platform of PPA, pointing out that in the last elections he ensured his supporters across the state voted President Muhammadu Buhari and the Delta Central APC senatorial candidate, DSP Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.