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How Omo-Agege Enticed Emefiele To Work Against Tinubu’s Ambition- Delta APC Alleges

The letter, signed by the State APC Secretary, Michael Inana; Delta North Chairman, Tom Onah; South Chairman, Nelson Ogharama; and Central Chairman, Michael Orunefe, was made available to Waffi TV.

By Johnson Atoukudu:

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has alleged that Ovie Omo-Agege, the former Deputy Senate President, is purportedly responsible for involving the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in the APC presidential primary.

The party claims that Omo-Agege enticed Emefiele to participate in the primary with the intention of obstructing President Bola Tinubu’s aspirations.

This accusation was revealed in a letter addressed to the president on Monday, titled: “Attempts by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to scuttle presidential ambition of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu through recruitment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, anti-Tinubu campaign stance and anti-party activities.”

The letter, signed by the State APC Secretary, Michael Inana; Delta North Chairman, Tom Onah; South Chairman, Nelson Ogharama; and Central Chairman, Michael Orunefe, was made available to Waffi TV.

The statement partly read, “Your Excellency, you will recall that at a point ahead of the Party National Convention in June 2022, members especially those of us from Ika South Local Government Area got information that Omo-Agege had plans to issue party membership card to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele and we objected to his plans. We told him it was not morally right for Emefiele to contest and that it would affect your chances to secure the presidential ticket.

“All efforts to make Omo-Agege see reasons fell on deaf ears but he convinced Emefiele and assured him that he will get the Party National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka whom he planted as a spy to help get Emefiele the ticket.

“Your Excellency Sir, permit us to refer you to PUNCH Newspaper of May 9, 2022, which confirmed the story that the APC Ward Chairman eventually gave Emefiele the membership card in February 2021. The name of the Ward Chairman is Mr. Nduka Erikpume and the Ika South APC Local Government Chairman is Hilary FadaIbude. These two were the ones who also signed our state leaders’ expulsion letters on the instructions of Omo-Agege. Their offence was that they opposed Omo-Agege’s position to recruit Emefiele to contest the Presidential election against you,” the letter stressed.

Continuing, the statement maintained that on the night of the APC Convention, the Delta delegates were instructed by the former deputy senate president to vote against Tinubu, who he alleged stood no chance against their ‘anointed.’

In the letter, Inana and the other signatories pointed out that nearly all the delegates were aware of this position, and fortunately, the former Governor of Lagos State emerged as the clear winner of the primary. Nevertheless, they asserted that Omo-Agege still holds a grudge against them for opposing him.

The accusation from the Delta APC also highlighted that leading up to the 2023 general elections, loyal party members and important stakeholders, particularly those not aligned with Omo-Agege’s faction, were excluded and barred from engaging in various activities, such as acquiring forms to participate in congresses and primaries.

It insisted, “They did this to the extent that Omo-Agege was the only person in Delta who collected forms for the gubernatorial primaries. The same thing was applicable to Senatorial, House of Representatives, and State Assembly Primaries. Omo-Agege single-handedly nominated all the candidates in Delta State.

“His personal staff members were subsequently made party officials in Delta State, including the current APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, who was his legal aide. His political adviser, Omeni Sobotie, also became the party chairman. All aides in his office were allotted party positions in the state excos,” he alleged further.

Alongside the allegation letter, supporting evidence was presented in the form of tweets, campaign posters of Omo-Agege featuring the “Obidient” movement, and video clips demonstrating his engagement in a sequence of activities that were deemed anti-party, even during the 2023 general elections.

Furthermore, the letter affirmed that as a result of these occurrences, numerous party leaders, including Chief Great Ogboru, chose to exit the APC and pursue their political aspirations in alternative parties prior to the election.

The statement remarked, “Mr. President, we enclose herewith posters and videos of Omo-Agege and Labour Party candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, posing ahead of the election to the fact that he and his group never worked for you. We cannot continue this way in Delta.

“Therefore, we call on you to ask Omo-Agege to free the State APC of his stranglehold so it can breathe freely.

“You can imagine that in an election held on the same day, the APC won two senatorial seats and could not garner the required 25 per cent votes in the state. This makes it obvious that Omo-Agege asked his followers not to vote for you. If you have any doubt, you have the security agencies at your command to investigate the points we have raised,” the statement pointed out.

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