Delta APC In Disarray As Emerhor Forms Antagonist Group To Battle Protagonist Group


The leadership problem confronting the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), is said to have taken a more dangerous dimension that may finally bury the existence of the party in the state following the constitution of what is been described as antagonist group by the 2015 governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Otega Emerhor to battle protagonist group headed by the Minister of state for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu.

The antagonist group which was named “Mainstream Delta APC (MDA)” was said to have been inaugurated Mr. Otega Emerhor at his country home in Ewvreni, Ughelli South local government area of the state over the weekend at the end of a two day meeting between him and some party members loyal to him.

HardReporters reliably learnt that the aim for the formation of MDA is to position itself as the most dominant political structure of APC in the state and strive as much as possible to have a forceful say in political contests within the APC.

According to a party member who witnessed the inauguration of the new group, it was obvious that the party’s 2015 governorship candidate who want to perpetually hijack the structure of the party was losing out in the grip of the party to majority of the party leaders who are comfortable with the leadership of the party handed over to the Minister of state for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu.

“You know since last year following leadership battle and the way and manner the party’s 2015 governorship candidate Olorogun Otega Emerhor was running the party like a personal estate and complaints from both leaders and members made the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun to mandate the Minister of state for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu to as the highest political office holder of the party in the state takeover the party leadership and settle all disputes and unite the party.

“Severally the minister has conveyed series of peace meetings both in his country home in Delta state as well as in Abuja, bringing together all warring factions and leaders of the party from across the three senatorial districts in a bid to unite and settle the lingering crisis and form a formidable and united house so as to wrestle power from the governor Ifeanyi Okowa led Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), failed government in 2019.

“Emerhor want everybody to be under him as he is using the Prophet Jones Erue and others to torment trouble in the party. Recently a meeting was called to Abuja by the minister but Emerhor and his cohorts deliberately refused to attend. Because the party has resolved that the state Exco be dissolved and a caretaker committee be put in place without further delay, Emerhor hurriedly called his cohorts to a meeting at his country home and a group was inaugurated with the aim to fight the Minister who he perceived as an enemy.” the APC member said.

Our correspondent gathered that during the meeting at Emerhor’s country home, it was resolved that only those who are members of the antagonist Mainstream Delta APC or have the blessing of the group would be allowed to flag the parry’s flag during elections.

“Emerhor has totally lost out and now he is like a wounded lion. He has also mobilised youths to do hatchet job for him so that he can continue to be in charge of the party in the state. To see how desperate is Emerhor, he went ahead appointing Protem coordinators for his new group in the persons of Alfred Oloko, Iyke Odikpo and Eniforo Mallam-Obi, to over see the three senatorial districts of the state. But the good news is that they have all failed and they will be shock seeing the real APC in action across the state.” a staunch member of the party said.


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