Delta APC leaders differ on cause of fracas at convention venue

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) congratulating the Newly elected National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (R) While Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on during the closing ceremony of the party’s 2018 National Convention at the Eagles Square Abuja on Sunday (24/6/18) 03376//24/6/2018/ICE/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari (M) congratulating the Newly elected National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (R) While Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on during the closing ceremony of the party’s 2018 National Convention at the Eagles Square Abuja on Sunday (24/6/18) 03376//24/6/2018/ICE/NAN

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, O’tega Emerhor, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for the fracas that took place among the state delegates at the just-concluded APC National Convention in Abuja.

Two factions of delegates from the state engaged in a brawl, while Mr Buhari was reading his address.

“I really want to apologise to the president who is the leader of APC in the nation,” said Mr Emerhor on Monday during an interview at Channels TV’s Sunrise programme.

Mr Emerhor was the APC 2015 governorship candidate in Delta State.

“It was shameful,” he said. “And I really apologise to Mr President on behalf of Delta people”.

Mr Emerhor also explained what led to the brawl at the Eagle Square.

He said a faction of the party led by the senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, and another chieftain of the party, Great Ogboru, fraudulently obtained accreditation tags for “strange” delegates from Delta, and that it was these people who threw chairs, stones and sticks at the “approved” delegates when both factions met at the state’s stand.

He said Mr Omo-Agege’s faction had rejected the results of the APC congresses in Delta and went on to sue the party because, according to him, his (Mr Emerhor) faction won.

“The lawlessness that is in this country sometimes; people don’t want to obey constituted authorities,” he said, while accusing the other faction of refusing to respect the decision of the party’s national working committee.

Mr Omo-Agege was the secretary of the accreditation sub-committee at the convention, while Mr Emerhor was a member of the finance sub-committee.

“We are the proper delegates,” Mr Emerhor said.

“The lists of delegates were signed off by the national working committee, they have a list, and we have a list. Both lists were compared, and we realised that the names Omo-Agege puts on the booklets were strange names; they were not the names that were signed off by the national working committee.

“So, they made special arrangement for us to get into the arena,” Mr Emerhor said.

Turner Ogboru, a stalwart of the APC and a member of Mr Omo-Agege’s faction, however, countered Mr Emerhor’s accusation.

Mr Ogboru, who was also speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise programme on Monday, said delegates from their faction were the only duly accredited delegates from Delta State.

Mr Emerhor’s faction, he said, was not accredited and, therefore, were not able to enter the convention venue.

He said delegates from the faction used observers and press tags to finally enter the Eagle Square, and that they came into the convention venue with a plan to attack Great Ogboru “because they felt he has destroyed all their plans.”

He said the brawl was “a very shameful act.”


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