Ovie Okpare, Warri
Ima Niboro, a former Presidential spokesman for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Niboro, who is the immediate former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, was first received into the party by the APC chieftains in Ughelli South Local Government before he was later admitted into the party by the state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Erue.
He said he decided to join the ruling party because there was a huge gap between the state government and the APC-controlled Federal Government, and his intention was to bridge the deficit infrastructural underdevelopment in the state.
The former Jonathan’s aide while being received by the APC chairman at his private residence in Airport Road, Effurun, Uvwie Council Area of Delta State, decried what he described as “poverty everywhere” in the state.
He said, “Our state lack development, there is poverty everywhere. It is appalling that children are dropping out of schools because their parents cannot afford their school fees. It is not a sudden switch, I have studied the situation in the last 18 months as it concerned my ward, local government, community and even my state.
Niboro added, “There is no synergy between Delta State and the Federal Government and we cannot achieve that synergy when we are working at cross-purposes.”
He promised to use his connection to attract infrastructural development to the state.
Erue, while presenting a membership card to the former presidential aide, described Niboro’s defection to the ruling party as a ‘great addition’ that would help the party rescued the state from the PDP.
Erue told the former NAN MD and his supporters to bring their wealth of political experience to bear “as we prepare to rescue the state from the ruling PDP in the 2019 governorship election in the state.”
But reacting to Niboro’s defection to the APC, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s spokesman, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, told our correspondent on the telephone that the ex-Jonathan aide’s comment on high infrastructural decay and high poverty level in the state were false and did not reflect the true situation in the state. (Punchng.com)