The immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, is set to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
It was gathered that Uduaghan recently visited the incumbent governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, at the Government House in Asaba, where all plans were concluded for his return to the PDP fold.
The former governor had also reportedly met with some PDP stakeholders in the state, including another former governor, James Ibori, on the possibility of his return to the party.
Uduaghan, who was elected governor twice under the platform of the PDP, resigned his membership of the party in August 2018 following an alleged cold war with some PDP leaders.
He subsequently joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the time of his defection, the former governor said his move was in order for him to support President Muhammad Buhari’s quest for the development of Niger Delta.
He said he wanted to be part of the president’s move to bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis.
“Since the inception of the current All Progressives Congress, APC, administration at the federal level, there has been an encouraging interest and activities by President Muhammadu Buhari to bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis. This has pointed in a direction that is at once progressive and developmental,” Uduaghan had said.
“Topmost in these activities are the engagement processes. Rather than using the military to harass our people, the Buhari administration has embarked on various engagement processes that have led to agreements and brought hope to the people of the Niger Delta.
“Beyond the engagement processes, however, the Buhari administration has embarked on some infrastructural and human capital development activities in the region.
“In Delta State, the opening of a Maritime University; the setting up of a steering committee for the EPZ (GAS CITY), the plan for a deep sea port, the dredging of the Escravos-Warri River; the opening of the railway line to Delta Steel Company, the soon to be flagged off, by Mr. President, the Omadino-Escravos Road that will pass through many riverine communities; the various road construction works by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the various TCN projects across the State are some of the positive activities in the region.”