UGHELLI/Nigeria: The leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor has said, if Chief Great Ogboru, an APC governorship aspirant in the state wants the party to win in the coming election, he has no choice but to sit down with him and others to iron out their differences.
Emerhor while reacting to statement credited to Chief Ogboru, published in Vanguard newspapers noted that it is shocking that a governorship aspirant who purports to want to win election is not desirous of ensuring that peace return to the party in the state.
Ogboru while justifying why him, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and their group shunned the reconciliatory meeting called by the Minister for State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said that it was “illogical for him to sit down with those that embarrassed the party by attacking delegates at the national convention. He also asserted that Emerhor and others should be sanctioned.
But in a swift reaction, the APC leader said: I am shocked that someone who wants to run for governorship and who purports to want APC to win, will express such unhelpful sentiments.”
Emerhor added that though there may be issues between the mainstream of the APC and the group led by Ogboru/Agege in Delta APC, it is clear that these issues arose from the different interest of aspirants like Chief Ogboru who are trying to position themselves ahead of 2019. Chief Ogboru in particular has decided to sponsor a faction from the day of his entrance into the party that has refused to integrates itself into the mainstream.
He stated further that; in truth it was Ogboru/Agege that should be held responsible for the fight and disruption at the convention because it was Senator Agege that in defiance of the erstwhile NWC of the party, replaced the approved/authentic Delta delegates with unknown persons and unleashed the attacks on the authentic delegates when they eventually arrived to take their place at the Delta pavilion at the convention. Indeed it is ridiculous for Ogboru to call for Emerhor to be sanctioned when in fact it is Senator Omo Agege/Ogboru who as secretary to the convention accreditation committee abuse his position and substituted the Delta state delegates with unknown persons.
Emerhor stated further thati it is unthinkable that Chief Ogboru instead to thinking of unity, is at this time still preaching a continuation of disunity and playing the blame card. The party must move beyond fights and crisis and that is why he, Emerhor has decided along with other mainstream leaders of the party to support the reconciliatory move by Dr Ibe Kachikwu who has taken it upon himself to ensure that peace returns to the party.
“Our resolved to win 2019 governorship election in Delta state is bigger than any individual’s interest, and that is why I will work the party’s NWC, the Minister and other leaders of the party to ensure that we are stronger to win the 2019 election.
Emerhor therefore; advised Ogboru to key into the process of reconciliation if he truly wants the party to win the 2019 elections in Delta State.