The All Progressives Congress (APC) participated within the 2015 common elections in Delta State with out making influence within the state. It recorded no single electoral victory and didn’t win any native authorities space within the gubernatorial election. Not even the 25 % mark required within the presidential election was achieved. It was a colossal failure.
Given this drubbing, one would have anticipated that Delta APC would have by now reorganised itself from the shedding occasion of 2015 to a celebration that may win future elections, however there is no such thing as a signal of that but.
As a substitute, what we now have is intra-occasion bickering amongst factions which can be wrestling for the management of the soul of the celebration.
A cursory have a look at the 2015 electoral map reveals that the celebration lacked political base. The opposite motive was that it was bedeviled by management disaster.
Since then, pure realignment of political forces has reshaped the political panorama in such a method that APC now has a political base in Delta Central. Particularly, Chief Nice Ogboru, the gubernatorial candidate of Labour Get together in 2015, who received 4 native governments, mentioned that solely a united opposition was able to liberating Delta from the grip of the PDP and joined APC together with his supporters in Delta Central, the hotbed of opposition politics in Delta.
Sadly, APC has completed nothing to capitalise on the altering dynamics and consolidate on these good points. Fairly than welcome the brand new members with open arms and provides them a way of belonging, the social gathering has been lukewarm and, within the course of, created boundaries for full integration of latest members who undoubtedly at the moment are in majority. The welcome celebration that was promised by no means occurred and all efforts to reorganise the celebration have been thwarted by some forces forward of a doable 2019 run.
However progressives should know that Delta Central solely offers APC the keys to success in 2019. They’ll get there if solely they might discover the appropriate car and a succesful chauffeur to take them there. In different phrases, Delta Central is only a base, from which to launch an assault. APC ought to use its new political base to develop the map into Delta North and South. However that isn’t occurring but due to the disaster within the get together.
Solely a united social gathering would take APC to the end line forward of PDP. However fraying get together unity has sophisticated the prospects of rising the occasion additional. And after two latest makes an attempt, one by the Secretary to Authorities of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal, and the opposite by the Nationwide Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, progressives are not any nearer to resolving a difficulty that’s splintering the Delta APC.
The in-preventing has nothing to do with rising the occasion to win. Reasonably, it’s a battle for who controls the celebration infrastructure for private aggrandizement. And leaving the social gathering within the fingers of those that can’t ship victory however too robust to eradicate within the 2019 major due to their maintain on the get together construction might outcome but once more in one other disappointment for the rank and file of the social gathering who’re so determined for victory.
For a celebration that really desires to win Delta, this disaster ought to have been lengthy resolved. As an alternative, what was a battle for the soul of the celebration between winners and losers of the 2014 state congress, has now left the occasion fractured by self-curiosity and political cowardice. On the final rely, there are 5 contending teams.
On the one hand, we have now the Olorogun Otega Emerhor faction with Prophet Jones Erhue as Chairman, the Delta Elders and Leaders faction led by the late Senator Francis Okpozo, the previous Motion Congress faction led by Chief Adolor Okotie-Ebor. However, we’ve the brand new entrants into the occasion – the Gentle of Labour led by Chief Nice Ogboru and the Accord/PDP group led by Chief Victor Ochei and Chief Emami Ayiri.
In the course of the pack are the non-aligned members, notable amongst them are Prof. Pat Utomi, a pioneer member of APC and Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum. These divi
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