…Committee submits result
By Ezeocha Nzeh
Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, Chief Great Ogboru, has accused the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, of undue interference in the conduct of the ward and local government congresses in the state.
Ogboru, who allegedly stormed out of the national chairman’s office last week told journalists yesterday that the APC national chairman played certain roles to interfere during the ward congress.
Ogboru who along with senator Ovie Omo – Agege, and the APC leadership in Delta State, led the party’s Ward and Local Government Congress committee to submit the result of the Local Government congress at the APC Secretariat yesterday, said that he has no regret confronting and informing Oyegun , adding that his action was a slap on democracy.
According to Ogboru; “I felt, last week that the national chairman of the party interfered unduly, unjustly and unconstitutionally in the conduct of the congress in Delta State, even though I am not so sure if this is the appropriate place to say it.
“It is sufficient to say that there was undue interference in the process which we felt that the chairman has no authority to do and which we told him to his face that what he did was not only unconstitutional but a slap on democracy,” he said.
Earlier, the Delta State congress committee chairman, Alhaji Sani Dododo, claimed that all the stakeholders and state party officers are on the same page.
He called on stakeholders to disregard the result that is been paraded by another APC leader in the state, Ortega Emehor, claiming that what he had submitted is the authentic result of the congresses.
“Last week, we submitted the report of the ward congress conducted in Delta state and we are here today to submit the report of the Local Government Area congress. I had gathered all the delegates and stakeholders in Asaba and after addressing them we had swung into action with the conduct of the election in the presence of the INEC representative.
“There was no violence, rancour or intimidation during the congress. All the stakeholders are in the same page. There was only one single congress held in Delta state and it is the one I chaired. Senator Omo-Agege, Minister of State for Petroleum, Great Ogburu and all the state leadership of the party among other stakeholders are with me. We had lots of challenges but they are part of politics,” he said.