Chukwudi Akasike and Theophilus Onojeghen
he Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has asked the Mr. Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee not to overturn the outcome of the state congress where the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee was elected.
Ogodo was among the 32 state chairmen of the party that were sworn in by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee on June 4, 2018 in Abuja.
But Oshiomhole, upon resumption of office last week, asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in a consent judgment to adopt the ward and local government executives that emerged from the Chief Great Ogboru and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege factional congresses of the party.
Our correspondent gathered that the adoption of the Ogboru faction by Oshiomhole had deepened the crisis in the state chapter of the party.
A copy of the protest letter which was addressed to Oshiomhole and copied to members of the NWC was obtained by The PUNCH on Monday.
The protest letter was signed by the state Chairman and Secretary, Chief Cyril Ogodo and Pastor Silas Buowe, respectively.
The letter read, “It is shocking, not only because this appears to be your first major decision and action as our new national chairman, but because you had before your election as chairman given very loud indication that you will not belong to or identify with factions in any state, but will work to unite groups or factions that exist in the various states.
“In view of the above, we request you reconsider your envisaged recognition and support for the faction in Delta that did not emerged as party executives as that will only entrench two factions and disunity in the Delta State APC. More than that, we the duly elected and inaugurated executives in Delta State, will not donate our rights as executives to consent judgment purportedly between you and your newly inaugurated NWC that did not conduct the congresses from which we emerged.”
Meanwhile, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has said the party is now better positioned to overcome its challenges following the emergence of Oshiomhole, as its new national chairman.
Abe made the remark while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after his arrival from Bera, his hometown in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State where his supporters received him at an event organised in his honour.
He said, “I am very happy to be home after the convention and I want to use this opportunity to appreciate all members of the All Progressives Congress for their enthusiasm and commitment to the party despite the challenges facing our great party in Rivers State.”
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