By Sylvester Idowu in Warri
The factional crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State has taken a new dimension as a pro-Omo-Agege and Great Ogboru groups have allegedly rejected the proposed direct primaries in the state.
The group under the auspices of “APC Electoral Watch Group in Delta State,” were said to have raised some ‘spurious’ allegations against the conduct of the direct primaries in the state.
They alleged that the direct primaries directed by the NEC, would lead to breakdown of law and order in the state.
The Ogboru/Agege faction had allegedly engaged an association, “APC Electoral Watch Group in Delta State,” to petition the Inspector General of Police, alleging that direct primary would lead to commotion and bloodbath in Delta State.
They also alleged that the parallel APC faction and Executives led by
Olorogun O’tega Emerhor/Chief Cyril Ogodo were moles in Delta APC who were currently collaborating with the PDP state government and were planning to disrupt any planned direct primaries in order to ensure Chief Great Ogboru did not emerge the APC governorship candidate and/or that Delta APC did not produce any governorship candidate to challenge Governor Okowa.
The petitions to the Inspector General of Police, IGP and AIG Zone 5 Benin dated August 14th, August 20th and 21st 2018 were signed by their counsel, Messers Itse Elijah Wilkie, of the Wilkie Law Firm.
In one of the petitions obtained by THISDAY entitled: ‘State Sponsored Thuggery, Harassment, Brutalisation, and Threats of Assassination of opponents of Delta State Government’.
they further alleged that part of the, “plot is to instigate commotion in any public event where any of their targets is and exploit the confusion in killing their target.”
Also, in another of the petition dated August 20 , 2018 to the
Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 Benin, they appeal to
the AIG, to write a Security report to, “the appropriate quarters
including The Presidency, The National Chairman, APC, Abuja and The
Directorate of State Security to the effect that: Direct Primaries
will be very Bloody if the Congresses in Delta led to several persons
“There are already reports of mass acquisition of firearm by
politicians and thugs to be used and deployed for the evil plot; Ubeji
town in Warri South local government is a warehouse of arms for one
senatorial aspirant under the platform of PDP.
In Uvwie, the Effurun garage is the warehouse of arms of PDP for the
Citing the case of attack on Senator Omo-Agege while consulting his
constituenst at Effurun market, they urged the IGP, to overhaul the
police leadership in the state.
They also called on the IGP to provide special police interventionist
units to supervise the party primaries and the general election and
also “provide security escort drawn from force headquarters for Chief
“Recall that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on July 20th, 2018, supervised the
conduct of Direct Primary for the Osun State APC governorship race,
where he stated when declaring the result at the party’s secretariat
in Osogbo and was quoted to have said; “Direct Primary adopted
provided a level playing field for all aspirants. Political analysts
are shocked that the same Senator is now in the forefront of scuttling
direct primaries in Delta State”.
But a chieftain of the party who reacted to the allegations under
condition of anonymity, said: “Omo-Agege and Ogboru are afraid that
should direct primaries be adopted, their chances at the primary is
very slim, unlike when delegate is used which they would handpick,
since they assume then now hold the recognised structure in state.
“What they are doing is not too different from what a number of APC
state governors who are afraid of direct primary are doing: fighting
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and national Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“The difference in this Ogboru/Omo-Agege fight is too ingeniously and
dubiously hide under security threat to hoodwink Oshiomhole to approve
that indirect primaries be adopted for Delta state.
“They are determined to, through these petitions blackmail the party’s
National Chairman and security agencies into accepting that there are
special and unique security threats in Delta state and by so doing,
the party will be force to do their bidding by conducting delegate
(indirect) primaries which they believe is the only way they can
become the governorship and senatorial candidates of APC in Delta
state in the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, Omo-Agege has denied the allegations contained in the
petition, saying it was the hand work of mischief makers and
In a statement issued in reaction to the allegations signed by Hon
Billy Egbe on behalf of Omo-Agege media department, said that the
petition was targeted to pitch the trio against the national chairman,
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the NWC of the party.
The statement read, “all persons of decent behavior know that the trio
of Chief Ogboru, Senator Omo-Agege and Prophet Jones are very
responsible leaders who would never go against any constitutional or
lawful decision duly taken by our party or any organized body to which
“We affirm the truth that Ogboru, Omo-Agege and Erue are loyal and
committed to the current right leadership of our great party under the
Comrade National Chairman and bound by its decision.