By Elvis Ayomanor.

Thursday the 23rd of November 2017, will forever remain a sad day in the history of Delta State , as many Delta PDP Chieftains tagged it, “Black Thursday” as the 2007 PDP Delta North Senatorial Candidate and wife of the former PDP National Chairman, Dr. Mrs Mariam Ali, the Lioness of Delta North and over 75 PDP leaders from Delta State who were her political associates, alongside their followers officially dumped the PDP and declared for the All Progressives Congress ().

Chief Oyegun described this occasion as the best thing that has happened to Delta APC since after the “Great Rebirth” of Delta APC, when the People’s General, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru joined the party last year. According to Chief Oyegun, when he first heard of the intention of the Lioness of Delta North to defect to the APC, he thought it was just one of those usual political propaganda, until he met with her one on one, to confirm what he felt was just a mere rumour.

Dr Mrs Ali who was formally presented to the APC National Chairman,the NWC and the Delta State Contingent led by Chief Great Ogboru and the SWC, by the APC National Women Leader. Dr. Mrs Tijani, thanked the leadership of the APC for heartily receiving her into the APC family. According to Mrs Ali, her family is a representation of “a true Nigerian family” that projects the oneness of our country, irrespective of religious, tribal or regional differences, as she is from the South-South and her Husband is from the North, she is a staunch Catholic, while her husband is a Muslim, according to her, she has come to realise that only in APC you see the love of oneness of a people being practice. And only in APC, the Southerners see the Northerners as a part of them and vise versa.

“My decision to join the APC was inspired by the ideology of oneness of purpose of the Nigerian Nation, which the party APC holds so dearly, and that’s what my family represents” Mrs Mariam Ali assured the National Leadership of the party that she would bring in her wealth of experience and doggedness into play in the APC, to ensure the party takes over Delta State by 2019. She also appreciated the leader of the Delta State contingent, Chief Great Ogboru and the State Working Committee, for their support and warmth reception.

At a reception organised by Dr. Mrs Ali, in honour of the Delta State Contingent, she appreciated all for the show of love and togetherness, she encouraged all members of the party to shun any form of tribal and regional sentiment and embrace unity, she advised that one can only give what he or she has, thus, she said winning the state from PDP should be our utmost concern now, irrespective of the tribe or region of the candidate, that at this point in time,all we need is to project our best and most sellable candidate to match the PDP, and such person must be a man or woman of integrity, somebody with the clout and chest to withstand the ruggedness of the opposition, not a weakling or chicken hearted person or someone with any stain or questionable character. “we need to first win the state from PDP, before we begin to talk zoning, u can’t give what u don’t have, the PDP got it first, before they thought of zoning it” she said. She rounded up by saying all these qualities she enumerated above, she could only find in one man, who has always won in all elections he contested, but was always deprived by the forces of PDP at the Center, which to the glory of God, no longer exists. According to her, this man is the Buhari of Delta State, whose time has finally come and no man can stop anymore. She called on the members of the SWC and all APC Chieftains across the state to come all out to give support and rally around the man she refers to as “a true Deltan, an epitome of integrity and doggedness, the People’s General, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, if APC must win, come 2019”

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Amongst dignitaries present at the occasion were: the National Chairman of APC, the National Auditor, the National Women Leader,Chief Frank Ovie Kokori, a member of the BOT, Sir Richard Odibo, Hon. Paul Adingwupu,a House of Reps hopeful, from the Anioncha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, All 36 States APC Women Leaders, Delta State APC Chairman, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, the Delta State APC Deputy Chairman, Chief Cyril Ogodo, the Delta State APC Vice Chairman Central, Chief Barr. Adelabu Bojor, the State Legal Adviser, Barr. Valentine Onojehwo, the State Treasurer, Mr. Edewor Akpoedafe, the state welfare officer, Mr. Precious, the Delta State Chairman of the Light of APC, Evang Ossai Abbey, the State Women Leader of the Light of APC and many more, too numerous to mention.

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