Orubebe Quits PDP, Salutes Wike For Gallantry During Primaries

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Former Nigerian Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe, has resigned from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party may not regain power come 2023.

He made this known on Monday in a letter he personally signed and addressed to the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu and made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State.

The Ijaw-born politician is a strong ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan who has been on a low profile after Jonathan’s loss in 2015 presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari..

Orubebe picked errors in the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential standard bearer for 2023, saying it was not inline with the spirit of the party’s constitution.

According to him, the emergence of the party’s Presidential flagbearer and the party’s national chairman from the north made the two topmost positions in the party to be occupied by Northerners, contrary to section 7.3(c) of the party’s constitution.

The Niger Delta elder statesman saluted the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for his courage and gallantry at the primaries, adding that posterity will remember him for good.

“I write to formally inform you of my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This I have communicated to the Chairman of Burutu Ward 3, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, effective 20th June 2022 Consequently, am by this letter intimating you of my total withdrawal from all activities at the Ward, Local, State and National levels of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

“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 2015 in bewildered circumstances to say the least, it was my belief that the party would use the opposition period to re-strategize 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 2023.

“Against the mood of the nation and in complete disregard to the provisions 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 flagbearer, 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.

“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 lots to be said, but out of respect for the party, I leave some stories untold at this time.

“My belief in the sanctity of Nigeria is unshaken and I will continually work for her progress and development, even if it is through another route.

I thank you sir and I wish you all the best,” the statement read in part.

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