Founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State Elemchukwu Ogbowu has left the party.
Concise News understands that Ogbowu, in a statement issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt, narrated how he was frustrated in the party because of his agitation for zoning governorship ticket to someone from the riverine area in the state in 2015, adding that he had not been forgiven for taking such stance.
Ogbowu, a former Commissioner under ex-Governor Peter Odili and Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike, lost the PDP South West Senatorial ticket to Senator Betty Apiafi.
The ex-Special Adviser said: “It is with the gratitude to God Almighty that I issue this press release on a matter of great importance to me.
“I am a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State and a very active member at the state and grassroots levels, contributing substantially to the electoral victories of former Governor Peter Odili in 1999 and 2003. I also did the same for former Governor Chibuike Amaechi in 2007 and 2011.
“In 2013, I held the very strong conviction that the governorship of Rivers State should for the sake of the peaceful coexistence of our people, rotate to the riverine section of the state in 2015 because the upland had occupied the governorship since 1999.
“However, when Governor Nyesom Wike emerged as the governorship flag bearer of the PDP for the 2015 elections, unlike other persons who left in anger, I remained in the PDP and contributed to his victory. But events have shown that my 2013 action was still being held against me.”
Ogbowu further said: “Nevertheless, I have continued to actively support the Rivers State Governor and the PDP till date but the more I got involved in the affairs of the government and the party since 2015, the more I was discouraged and made to feel unwanted.
“Ahead of the 2019 elections, I indicated interest in running for the Rivers West Senatorial Seat and did all I could to secure the ticket of my party through vigorous consultations and campaign but I was physically stopped from taking part in the party’s primary.
”This was after I have been urged on and spent millions of my hard-earned money. In spite of this, as the State Director of Logistics in the Campaign Organization, I supported and campaigned for the governor and all PDP candidates, ensuring their victories in the 2019 elections.”
According to him, since then, he has carefully thought through events of the past four years and has come to the painful conclusion that he is not appreciated in the party and by the government.