A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has resigned his membership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This was disclosed on Monday via a letter he addressed to the party’s National Chairman, Senator (Dr.) Iyorchia Ayu. Reports available yesterday showed that Orubebe formally submitted his resignation letter to the Wadatta Plaza headquarters of the party in Abuja. According to unverified report, Orubebe, a native of Burutu in Delta State, may have already joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). His resignation from PDP is said to be about the choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The former minister lamented the emergence of a northerner, Atiku, as the party’s presidential candidate, against the zoning arrangement of the party even though Dr. Ayu, also a northerner, is the national chairman of the party. The minister in the letter, said it was obvious that the PDP was not ready to win the 2023 presidential election because of alleged wrong choice of candidate.
“I write to formally inform you of my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This has been communicated to the Chairman of Burutu Ward 3, Burutu LGA, Delta State, effective 20th June, 2022. Consequently, I am by this letter intimating you of my total withdrawal from all activities at the ward, local, state and national levels of PDP,” Orubebe said.
“I am highly honoured and privileged to have been part of a political party that successfully transformed a pariah nation to one that commanded respect in the comity of nations. When we lost the presidential election in the 2015 in bewildered circumstances to say the least, it was my belief that the party would use the opposition period to strategise with the aim of taking back power at the earliest opportunity.
“However, the present situation in the party does not inspire confidence that the party is ready to regain power in 2033. Against the mood of the nation, and in complete disregard to (sic) the provision of the party’s constitution, the party, threw the zoning of the Presidency open, which created a situation that led to the emergence of a northerner as the party’s presidential flag bearer, thus making the two topmost positions in the party, after your emergence as the national chairman, to be occupied by northerners, contrary to section 7.3 (c) of the party’s constitution.”
Orubebe applauded the Rivers State governor, Mr Nyenson Wike, for raising the bar in favour of the southern part of the country by trying to wrest power to the advantage of the south.
“I salute and commend the governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, for his efforts and gallantry at the primaries. Posterity will be kind to him when the history of the party is written. There are very lot to be said, but out of respect for the party, I leave some stories untold at this time” he added.
“My belief in the sanctity of Nigeria is unshaken and I will continually work for the progress and development, even if it is through another route.”