Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, leader of factional All Progressive Congress, APC in Delta State has accused Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district, Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege of destroying the party and making it fail in the 2019 general elections.
Emerhor who alleged that Omo-Agege was the architect of the woeful defeat of the governorship candidate of the party, Chief Great Ogboru and protracted crisis rocking the party, claimed that the senator is currently planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP because of ‘his 2023 governorship ambition’.
He spoke on the backdrop of recent interview by Senator Omo-Agege, saying that Delta APC has known no peace since Omo-Agege was welcomed by him to the party in 2017.
Speaking through his media aide, Mr Aghogho Orotomah, the APC leader in a statement made available to BIGPEN ONLINE, said that Omo-Agege before joining the APC, fought President Muhammadu Buhari and the party in the 2015 general elections under the Labour party but was magnanimously admitted into APC in 2017.
According to him, Omo-Agege’s plan from day one was to ride on the back of Chief Great Ogboru to return back to the senate, stressing that he set about this by promising to make Chief Ogboru Delta State governor in 2019.
He purported that Omo-Agege however is already negotiating his way back to PDP to actualize his 2023 governorship ambition, saying that against equity and political reality, Omo-Agege sold the dummy of the governorship to Ogboru that power rotation and zoning in Delta State do not matter.
Emerhor also alleged that Omo-Agege had also told Ogboru that, “the Delta North do not deserve to complete their 8 years, that it does not matter, that without the inputs and cooperation of Delta North or South, only the Urhobos of Delta Central can make Ogboru governor of Delta state”.
Emerhor further said, “Despite the well laid out plan of the Mainstream of the APC which properly positioned over 4 strong Delta North candidates in the person’s of Prof Pat Utomi, Hon Victor Ochei, Dr Cairo Ojougbo and Dr Leroy Edozien, to fly the APC flag and deliver the party in the 2019 elections, Senator Omo-Agege succeeded in turning the National APC against the APC mainstream in Delta and had his way to foist Ogboru and himself on the party. Now the verdict of abysmal failure is out and Omo-Agege is out there shamelessly attempting to pass the buck”.
According to him, “Omo-Agege ended up making Ogboru a laughing stock. Out of 8 Delta Central LGAs, Ogboru managed to scrape through in only 2, and out of the 2, Ughelli north was substantially delivered by Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and Engr Sam Adjogbe. Emerhor and Adjogbe also delivered the 2 house of assembly candidates from their constituency out of only 3 races won by APC in Delta State in the 2019 elections. Ogboru lost all 9 LGAs and 8 LGAs in Delta North and South respectively. Omo-Agege was no where to be found!
Continuing, he said, “Omo-Agege instead of making Ogboru governor actually sabotaged him after purportedly winning his senatorial bid. How else do you explain Omo-Agege pulling in over 10,000 votes for himself from his Orogun ward 1 in the Senatorial elections of February 23 yet on March 9, in the Governorship elections of Ogboru, that same ward recorded under 2,000 votes only? Omo-Agege not only sabotage Ogboru and the APC during the governorship elections, he undermined the so-called federal might under his charge to fail Ogboru in a deal with PDP.
Speaking on the series of court cases bedevilling the party, Emerhor said, “Omo-Agege is still delusional as the roof of his senatorial and deputy senate president ambition comes down crashing. He is acting like the proverbial drowning man grabbing at any straw in sight in an attempt to sustain his political life.
“Agreed he is a lawyer, he has also now decided to play court and judge over the annulment of his illegal candidacy in the 2019 elections. Three courts have passed judgments on the nullification of Omo-Agege’s candidacy: Asaba FHC judgement on March 18th by Justice Adegoke annulled the list of candidates that include Omo-Agege. The Asaba FHC judgement by Justice Dimgba on April 4th affirmed the annulment.
“The Warri FHC judgement of April 2nd struck out the suit by Emerhor and Niboro against INEC and APC for not joining Omo-Agege. The court found that APC’s assertion that Omo-Agege was a candidate that emerged from a primary monitored by INEC was not controverted and the court accepted the argument that Omo-Agege ought to be made a party to the suit. The Judge therefore struck the case out for failure to join Omo-Agege as a party to the suit. That did not amount to affirming Omo-Agege as the candidate as Omo-Agege is out there deluding himself and lying and deceiving the public. Moreover, the Asaba FHC judgement by Justice Dimgba on April 4th affirming Omo-Agege’s annulment is the last in time.
“Omo-Agege at first based his claim of remaining Senator-elect on the fraudulent and contentious Abuja FHC consent judgement stating that the Asaba FHC being a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot supercede the consent judgement. Now he has moved away from consent judgement to Warri FHC that gave no order but struck out a suit for not including him as a party. The same Omo-Agege that is now chanting ‘no one can shave his head behind his back’ was the apostle of a consent judgement that shaved Chief Ogodo Exco and Emerhor and all mainstream candidates behind their backs with the Abuja FHC consent judgement and was proud of it. Just that the tables have now turned.
“Omo-Agege should tell Tonye Cole, Magnus Abe, the Zamfara candidates that because they were not sued individually, they were not impacted by the judgements of the courts that affected the list of candidates that included them. Omo-Agege like everyone else is not an independent candidate. They are all sponsored by the party. Once the list by the party is defective, Omo-Agege and all others are affected. Omo-Agege as a lawyer knows this. He is just delusional and or being mischievous”.