- The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state is currently going through crisis
- Chieftains of the party are in disagreement over the victory of the APC in Delta Central senatorial district
- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor for claiming victory in the senatorial district
A national caucus member of the All Progressives Congress, Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Frank Ajobena (rtd), has faulted Olorogun O’tega Emerhor for claiming victory over the February 23 Delta Central senatorial district election.
Ajobena, who spoke with reporters in Abuja, insisted that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege emerged duly elected winner of the poll.
He was reacting to Emerhor's claim that to the seat after a ruling by a Federal High Court in Asaba that Chief Cyril Ogodo led-exco was the legitimate executive of the APC in Delta state.
Emerhor had described himself as the “senator-elect” for the district.
The APC chieftain, who accused Emerhor of working against the interest of the party, wondered why he had suddenly turned around to claim the hard-fought victory of Omo-Agege.
He said: “There are two sides to the court judgment. One side of the story is on the legitimacy of the Ogodo-led executive. I believe there was justice in that direction. The other side of the story is whether Emerhor should claim that seat. I don’t think he should take that seat if there is any way the law could interpret it.
“He created confusion among that group (Delta North) to the extent that they could not even come up with a candidate. He didn’t want any of them to emerge. Yet, the Ogodo-led executive was to be the platform to present a Delta North candidate for the party with all the northern candidates, including Chief Okotie Osiobe, except Chief Great Ogboru being on the mainstream Delta APC platform, which was being championed by Emerhor.
“But Emerhor made sure he created confusion among these people to make sure none of them emerges. At the surface, you will think he is supporting a Delta North candidate but in reality, he wasn’t interested in any of them neither was he supporting Ogboru but was working for himself and calculating for 2023.
“He wants to be governor of Delta state in 2023 and wasn’t supporting any APC governorship aspirant for 2019.
“He saw it that if Ogboru emerges, Ogboru will want to do eight years, so how will that help his cause in 2023. So, to justify what he is doing, he claims to support a northern candidate, but in same way, what is the guarantee that if a northern candidate emerges, he will serve for one-term hence he wasn’t comfortable with that.”
Meanwhile, the APC has said it will ensure that the party’s decisions are respected by members in electing the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
The ruling party's stance was made known by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, over the weekend.
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According to him, unlike what happened during its assumption of power in 2015, the APC would not allow the minority party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to interfere in choosing those who emerge leaders of both chambers of the National Assembly.
He also said that the APC would apply the principle of party supremacy in handling the emergence of new leadership of the incoming National Assembly.
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