A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has resigned from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His resignation 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.
In a letter, dated June 20, Orubebe, a native of Burutu in Delta State, hinged his resignation on the PDP primaries and the party’s failure to zone the 2023 presidency to the South.
The former minister, in the letter addressed to PDP National Chairman Iyorchai Ayu, complained that recent events within the party showed that it was not ready to regain power by 2023.
“I write to formally inform you of my resignation from the PDP. This, I have communicated to the Chairman of Burutu Ward 3 in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, effective June 20, 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 the 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 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’s letter said.
The former minister hailed Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his performance during the presidential primaries of the PDP where he came second.
“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,” he added.