Fresh crisis looms at Delta APC’s leadership
By Nosa Akenzua
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state is currently locked in a fresh leadership crisis.
The party in the state has been accusing its former national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, of concluding plans to nominate leaders for the party in Delta state, an act deemed intended to plunge the party into another round of crisis, so soon after a similar crisis in the party.
In a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Barr Sylvester Imonina, the party said that “It should be noted that it was this same way Oyegun, as national chairman, created the numerous crises that have bedevilled the party which resulted in tremendous losses during different elections in the state. It is, therefore, quite disheartening that the said Oyegun is now at the forefront of plotting the party in the state into another round at a time when the party is just coming out of such parochial battles. It is clear that this present action of the former national chairman will spell doom for the party and we wonder what he stands to gain from his Machiavellian tactics of tearing the party apart in Delta state”.
According to the statement, ” The point must be emphasised that the constitution of our great party is very clear on who is in charge of the affairs of the party in the state and that is the state chairman in the person of Prophet Jones Ode Erue
As a former national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun should be aware that there is no constitutional provision which gives him the powers to nominate and/or appoint leaders of the party. Perhaps, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is still clinging to and, maybe, suffering from the vestiges of lost power as a former national chairman. The statement explained “The party in the state wants to sound loud and clear that Chief John Odigie-Oyegun should leave Delta state alone and resolve the challenges facing his home state of Edo.” It called on the national leadership of the party to call Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to order.