Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State have attributed the party’s woes during the last governorship
election to the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Chief O’tega Emerhor’s hijacking of the party structure in the state.
Speaking at a leaders and stakeholders meeting convened by a group called Operation Rescue Delta APC, ORDA, in Asaba yesterday, Air Vice Marshal Frank Ajobena (rtd), Prof. Kakietie, Hon. Sam Kwoho, Chief Chris Anirah, Prince Charles Ikpama, among others, noted that they were not prepared for victory in the gubernatorial election, expressing worry that indices on ground at the moment showed it would lose if there was a
re-run election in the state.
Ajobena, who was adopted as the leader of the APC in Delta
State at the occasion, said “when I came home to vote during the elections, I did not see any APC poster in the village. As at today, let us not deceive ourselves, the PDP is in vital control of all areas in the state. APC is not in a position to win in a re-run; that is the truth; the APC that is on ground is made up of people moving in different directions.”
The APC chieftain added: “The APC in Delta State as it is today is
very fragmented; the cross-carpeting we are seeing is because people are looking for appointments and not because of belief in ideology. People of like minds should come together and build the APC structure.”
For his part, Prof. Kiakietie asserted that “we cannot continue to follow a leader who is surrounded by sycophants. We must continue to fight to break the spell on APC in Delta State; a cabal of few persons has hijacked our party.”
Also, the coordinator of ORDA, Prince Charles Ikpama disclosed that the meeting was necessary to chart a way forward for the party, stating that “ORDA is a group of APC stalwarts, leaders and elders in the state who have come to salvage the party from sinking further. It is our desire to express, promote and extend the principles and ideologies of the party to party faithful.”
He urged President Mohamadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the APC in Delta State, observing that “the grapevine is agog with the decision that the fact finding committee recommended the retention of the state executives, which we all know is at variance with the situation in the state.”
Chief Anirah said it was important for members of the APC in the state to speak the truth while others who spoke at the occasion linked APC’s loss in the election to lack of proper mobilisation.
For his part, Hon. Kwoho noted: “I came to this meeting because I believe the APC has to be rescued from those holding it hostage. APC
is not in opposition in Delta State; we have no member in the Delta State House of Assembly; we have no member in the House of Representatives and we have no member in the Senate because one man is holding the party hostage.”
The APC members equally thanked President Buhari for appointing a Delta indigene as Minister of Petroleum, asserting that plans were on to organise a grand reception for the minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

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