A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Chief Umokoro Akpomeda, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to be weary of members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, moneybags, who may want to influence appointment of board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Speaking to newsmen in Asaba weekend, the Ughelli High Chief noted that members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been scrambling for appointments by the APC led government and this they do by giving “huge sums of money” in bribe to whoever they deem fit to help them achieve their desired goals, warning that such was dangerous for the growth of the ‘broom party’ in the Niger Delta region.
According to him, a case in point is that of a notable PDP chieftain from Warri axis of Delta State, who held sway on the defunct board of the NDDC. He is also said to be on trying to induce chieftains of the APC in the state and beyond to enable him return to the board of the intervention agency.
High Chief Akpomeda added that those “were the forces of retrogression that made the benefits of the commission to elude the people of the state as a result of placing self above the interest of the people at large.”
This development, the Ughelli High Chief noted will set the hands of the APC clock back as appointing this same man who allegedly was a major pillar of the PDP before and after elections at the detriment of member of the APC who he said, toiled and laboured for the party’s success in the entire region.
He condemned the party’s leadership in Delta state in particular for allegedly engaging in what he called clandestine moves to undermine the good of the APC and it’s members in their drive for personal gains describing it as frivolities which won’t do anyone any good.
However, he restated his confidence in President Buhari’s ability to listen to the yearnings of the party for only its members to be appointed to positions.
To him, the interest of the party and its members must be paramount in minds of every faithful adding that reducing the good of the party to material benefits would amount to threading the same path the “dying PDP” threaded in its “inglorious” past that has brought the nation to its knees.
“In Delta State, we stand against the umbrella party and its members except they find the APC broom useful in this era of change to benefit from the government of change in appointments if not they have no place in our midst.
“We worked for the APC as loyal members and the good inherent in this era of change can only come to you if first and foremost you believe in change and convert to apostle of change. We know members of the dying PDP can give and receive anything in bribe but that wouldn’t work for them in this era,” Akpomeda stated.

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