2019: Emerhor, Ogboru in fierce battle for Delta APC guber ticket

A political battle is raging in Delta State between O’tega Emerhor and Great Ogboru for the 2019 governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Emerhor was the party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 race, while Ogboru ran on the platform of the Labour Party, in the same election.

The conflict between the two politicians has caused the state party to split into two contending factions.

Ogboru accused Emerhor, the self-proclaimed sole leader of the party in the state, of hijacking the party, saying it is wrong.

At a meeting called by Ogboru held last Sunday in Abraka, Delta State, APC Board of Trustees member Frank Kokori claimed that a group within the state party was working to ensure that Emerhor is the party’s perpetual governorship candidate.

According to Kokori, some chieftains of the party loyal to Emerhor, including the state chairman of the party, Jones Erue, were not happy with the defection of heavyweights from other parties to the APC because they had plans of hijacking the party for themselves. He said when persons from other political parties defected to APC, he was personally filled with joy, but never knew that some founding fathers of the APC in the state were not happy because they had plans to control the party themselves.

“I am a member of the BoT of the APC and I was elected by the three senatorial districts. I want to liberate my country; I want to liberate my own state.

“We want government in Asaba so that good governance and dividends of democracy can come to everybody, but what I see from those who we placed to run the party is people who take the party as a professional chairman, secretary, treasurer and professional gubernatorial candidate,” Kokori said.

The Board of Trustees member boasted that no one could defeat Ogboru.

“With electronic voting, which has been proposed for the 2019 elections, it would be one man, one vote, and with that, who can defeat Chief Great Ovadje Ogboru?”

Also speaking in the same vein, former Delta State Labour Party 2015 governorship candidate and chieftain of APC in the state, Great Ogboru, warned that if the APC allows imposition of candidates in the party, it would face a similar loss it experienced in the Warri South House of Assembly by-election held in April.

While advising the leadership of the party against imposition, Ogboru noted that some persons in the party, referring to Emerhor and others, have made themselves sole leaders of the party

“If we allow imposition in APC, like what happened in the Warri South House of Assembly by-election, we would face similar losses in future cases; I believe we have learnt a bitter lesson from that election because we imposed a candidate.

“I have only one ambition for the APC which is that our APC should be a party run by the people of the state,” Ogboru said.

He threatened that should there be any form of imposition in the party, referring to the 2019 governorship ticket, his supporters would have no option other than to boycott the election.

“If we allow imposition in the APC, on election day, our members would sit down at home and the worst thing that could happen to a big party is that the members of that party would refuse to work with that party on election day,” Ogboru warned.

It would be recalled that following the supremacy battle, Ogboru had to shun the inauguration of the APC state caucus, senatorial and 10 functional committees at the party’s secretariat in Asaba, which was attended by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Hyacinth Enuha, and other state and national leaders of the party.


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