A factional leader of the All Progressive Congress in Delta state, Amb. Joel Okolie has told newsmen that Chief Great Ogboru is not a legitimate candidate of the APC in Delta State.
Amb. Okolie who discribed himself as a leader in the Prof. Pat Utomi’s faction of the party, stated that there was indeed no legitimate gubernatorial primariy of the party in Delta State.
He said the processes that gave birth to the controversial candidacy of Great Ogboru was skewed and manipulated.
According to him, while preliminary preparations was on going at the venue of the primaries, there was a heated argument over which delegates’ list to use for the election as there were over three different deligate list being paraded at the venue of the election.
He said, while the argument lasted,the Delta State Commissioner of Police coincidentally arrived the venue and helped to find away around the multiple delegates’ list issue.
In his words, “While accreditation was on going, chief Ogboru arrived the venue of the election in a Gestapo style with armed thugs and ordered his thugs to flung the gate open, allowing hundred of his hired and unaccredited supporters to flush into the venue hijacked the process and got himself declared winner with the help of the already compromised electoral panel”.
This development, Amb. Okolie said led to protest and litigation by other aspirants thereafter.
While condemning the nihilistic approach of the ex-coupe plotter, he stated that Ogboru haven emerged in such an unscrupulous, illegitimate and corrupt manner cannot be accepted as a legitimate candidate of the party despite the flag given to him by the President.
He continued, ” we in Pat Utomi’s camp of the party does not see Ogboru as our candidate. Instead of voting for him, we have directed all our supporters across the state to vote and support Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term, after all the governor has proven himself to be a worthy ambassador of development. His foot prints in terms of development can be seen everywhere in the State”.
He concluded that Governor Okowa is unmatchable, as his developmental strides speaks volume.