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Missing In Action: Ogboru, Omo-Agege Absent at Delta APC Ward Congress

… Emerhor Rates Exercise Very Peaceful.

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) held its Ward Congresses across the country on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the embattled and suspended Senator representing Delta Central District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Chief Great Ogboru were copiously absent from Delta State, as visits to Orogun and Abraka, the country homes of the two APC chieftains showed that they were not in town.

The party’s ward congress which saw President Muhammadu Buhari and other top party leaders rushing back to their various Wards to take part in the exercise, shockingly had Chief Great Ogboru, an APC governorship aspirant and the suspended senator failing to show up at the congress in their wards.

However, the State APC leader, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, while speaking to journalist on his assessment of the conduct of the Ward Congress in Delta, after voting at his Evwreni ward 8, described the exercise as generally peaceful.

Emerhor who noted that the poll experienced some delay said; “I must say that because of the timing of delivery of materials, and the short time for aspirants to obtain and fill their forms even as at today people were still collecting nomination forms to fill.

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“Another challenge was to get people who will conduct the election, because they want to satisfy all stakeholders to avoid allegation that some people have hijacked the process, this took time also. So, the reason from what I understand that cause us to experience delay in the start up of the elections.

“Apart from these little challenges, the election is going very well, even as we speak, election is still ongoing from the information I got.

“There also an incident I understand that, some people who wanted to frustrated the exercise, broke into the hotel and stole some sensitive materials, but their action was not enough to put a stop to the election, fortunately the materials has not left, so those they stole, was thanking note of, in order to certify them.

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“We understand that it was result sheets that were stolen; you know politicians are always in the habits of stealing result, but that is under check.

On the uproar over the choice of centers for the conduct of the congress, Emerhor explained that competing interest in the party were giving conflicting directive, but the party election guideline stated that the congress committee should decide the venue, and the first option is party secretariat at the Ward, unless where it’s not conducive, stakeholders will agree on venue.

Emerhor added that; “I voted at the party secretariat in my Ward, at Evwreni, Ughelli North and it was very peaceful and orderly. Considering the information we are getting from other state, I think we are doing very in Delta state, but like I said, the election is still ongoing.

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Meanwhile, the congress in the State suffered a stain as a chairmanship aspirant for the All Progressives Congress in Jeremi ward 10 (III), Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, was reportedly stabbed to death following a misunderstanding on the conduct of the party’s Ward congress.

The sad event which happened in Okwagbe Town, saw Oghoveta, who is in his late 30s, stabbed on the neck allegedly by a younger brother of one the leaders of the party in the area before the arrival of materials for the exercise.

Election Violence: Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, was reportedly stabbed to death in Ughelli

Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, was reportedly stabbed to death in Ughelli during APC Ward Congress

Sources in the community reported that it was not clear why the suspect had to stab the deceased after members of the party had reached agreement on how the exercise should be organized.

However, reports gathered across the various wards of the 25 LGAs of the state, confirmed that the congress was generally peaceful.

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