Former commissioner and erstwhile Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).Erstwhile Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and former commissioner during Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan’s tenure, Dr. Tony Nwaka, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Nwaka posted his move on his Facebook page on Monday, March 5, 2018. The post titled, FINALLY, I SAY GOODBYE TO PDP, reads:
“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. Thanks and God bless.”
Although Nwaka is yet to make his political ambition public, many political analysts suggest he could be going to contest for the House of Representative while others say his new intentions is a curtain opener to unexpected exit of some PDP stakeholders who have hideously expressed discontentment with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s alleged sole-administrative style of governance.
Nwaka, a two-time Commissioner in erstwhile Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration is also known to have played a major role in the former James Ibori administration when he hosted Deltans to the PDP governorship primary election which held in Ogwashi-Uku as Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council.
Nwaka who is also claimed to have been in Okowa’s political bad books because of his open support of former gubernatorial aspirant, Sir Anthony Obuh against his ambition, was however, to the surprise of many political book readers, appointed by the same man he allegedly worked against.
Political pundits have claimed that the appointment which came during two years of the administration, was one of Governor Okowa’s tacit plots to whittle down opposition strategies that may undermine his political stronghold within and outside the PDP.
Nwaka came on board the Okowa administration in September 2017 as Executive Assistant to the Governor but resigned recently before his eventual defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nwaka’s exit from the PDP has however attracted reactions.
According to the Executive Assistant to Governor Okowa on Communications, Barr. Latimore Fred Oghenesivbe, “This is a clear case of political bewitchment and unnecessary cross carpeting. What is worrisome is something that I consider to be a political voodoo or spell which has enveloped and fractured Tony’s decision.”