Following the poor outing of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the governorship election in Delta State, a chieftain of the party, Air vice Marshal Frank Ajobena (Retd), has lashed out on some of the party leaders, accusing them of undermining the party’s overall interest for their selfish political gains.
The former Abia state Military Administrator, while venting his anger over the party’s woeful performance in the 2019 elections, blasts the controversial APC senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, former Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu for putting their individual’s interests above party.
Ajobena whose daughter ran for the Delta State House of Assembly, Okpe and lost, accuse Omo-Agege of sowing a seed of discord in the party in order to hijack the party structure in the state in preparation of his 2023 governorship ambition.
He also accused the embattled senator who was recently sacked by Federal High Court in Asaba for conspiring against Ogboru and actually had a hidden agenda to takeover/hijack the House of Assembly that would emerge should APC win the election.
This he did by handpicking party candidates without consulting other stakeholders, a move he said, pitched the senator against other leaders, which even created crisis of confidence in Ogboru/Omo-Agege faction of the party.
In a signed statement Ajonena released following his doctored interview as published in some of the national dailies titled: RE: The Internal Conspiracies That Destroyed Delta APC – AVM (Rtd) Frank Ajobena, he decried the one sided narrative presented by the reporters.
According to him, “It is unfortunate the press has decided to tell just one side of my narrative. For avoidance of doubt, these were expunged from the interview that l granted.
“Senator Omo-agege for his selfish and pretentious support role for Ogboru’s governorship conspired against Ogboru and actually has had a hidden agenda to takeover/hijack the House of Assembly that would emerge should APC win the election. The people in the NWC saw through this evil scheme and advised Ogboru to identify persons that would be loyal to him to replace Omo-Agege’s handpicked candidates for the House of Assembly.
“This opened another front in the grand conspiracy as to who would be in charge of Delta State’s affairs should APC win the election. This was the background to the internal rift in the Prophet Jones/Ogboru led camp. With the open endorsement of Ogboru’s candidacy and his handpicked would be House of Assembly team, Senator Omo-Agege went back to re-strategise on how best he could position himself to be in charge.
He encouraged his rejected House of Assembly team members to go to court to claim their perceived mandate. In all of these they completely ignored the fact that they were building their empire on a quicksand and that the empire would crumble when the pending court case in Asaba Federal High Court is resolved.
It was against the background of these internal undercurrent of power struggle that I admonished that we go into the election as a united APC team while we wait for the court to decide who should be on the driver’s seat in managing the affairs of an APC Government which all long suffering Deltans were looking forward to.
“I pray we are able to salvage the APC and the Delta State.” AVM Ajobena added.
The Ex-Milad who was one of key supporters of the Prof Pat Utomi governorship quest, also came hard on former Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, describing them as PDP moles in Delta APC.
Moles in Delta APC!
According to him; “the Minister of State for Petroleum from the beginning, I made it clear and told everyone that he is not an APC person and not working for the interest of the party and gave my reasons.
It would be recalled that Adjobena in an interview published on Tuesday, was quoted to have said: “I have nothing against Ibe Kachikwu, but however, let the truth be told that the honourable minister has for reasons best known to him, have not shown commitment in building harmony between and within the Delta APC family.
“As far back as June 2018 when the National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally appointed Jones Erue the Chairman of Delta State, he directed that Jones should commence the tinkering (harmonisation by my understanding/interpretation) with the rest structure of the party under the supervision of the Honourable Minister. Unfortunately, Jones did nothing but continued to operate with the controversial SWC that emerged from the Dododo congress.
“To my greatest disappointment, the Minister did nothing to intervene in the matter. With the primaries drawing near, I sent a message to the Minister reminding him of the urgency for us to have a harmonised Exco. In response, he told me that he was in China, and that he was waiting to take a cue from the National Chairman. It was in this state of internal rift that we went into the primaries.
“The outcome of the primaries was predictable and our party was heading on a course of self destruction. Again, on the October11, 2018, I reached out to all our party leaders calling for a political solution to the crisis rocking the party, again the call was ignored. When all INEC doors and windows had been tightly shut, the Minister started pretending that he is doing a great job of trying to broker unity within the party. Are we fools? For avoidance of doubt we know where the Minister’s interest lies. Fortunately, for him he has found an ally for the pursuit of that interest with the entrance of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan into the party.
“Also Uduaghan came into the party and knew that he wasn’t coming to work for the party. He was deprived the senate ticket in PDP and was like an orphan and need a platform to contest the senatorial position and came to APC, exploited the crisis within, worked his way into relevance and pretended to be working for APC but was actually working for himself and on other hand, making sure that the APC in the state was disorganized so that he could help his true family which is the PDP actualize their goal.
“Uduaghan was a mole, a mole with a personal interest to also use the APC to actualize his own ambition, so he was a special mole, an anti-party mole and at the same time, use the party to get what he want