Elders, leaders and other stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta Central have taken a swipe at those they termed political jobbers and disgruntled elements within and outside the party working to smear the image of the immediate past Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, before President Bola Tinubu and the national leadership of the APC.
Addressing newsmen on Monday after a crucial meeting in Ughelli, Delta State, the party’s critical stakeholders in Delta Central affirmed that Senator Omo-Agege committed his integrity, efforts and finances to ensure that President Tinubu won the 2023 presidential election.
The calibre of elders, leaders and other stakeholders of the APC in Delta Central who converged at the Ughelli residence of Chief Morrison Olori, the venue for the crucial meeting could tell of the seriousness attached the issue which borders on the image of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who they regarded as the backbone of the APC in Delta State.
Among the critical stakeholders at the meeting were Chief Godwin Ogbetuo, Chief Morrison Olori, Prof. Samuel Ibodje, Chief Tuesday Onoge, Chief Francis Efeduma and Chief Ominimini Obiuwevbi.
After hours of deliberations, they arrived at a communique signed by eighty prominent chieftains cutting across the eight local government areas that make up Delta Central.
In the communique they condemned the outright falsehood being peddled by those sponsored by non-committed APC members and some opposition political parties that Senator Omo-Agege did not work for the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President.
A top leader of the APC in Delta Central, Chief Ominimini Obiuwevbi briefed newsmen on the communique reached at the meeting.
“That the false allegations being peddled and perpetrated by some mischievous persons that His Excellency Senator Omo Agege CFR worked against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu have no basis at all as they are lies from the pit of hell and we hereby strongly condemned it in clear terms.
“It should also be emphasized that all APC candidates, including Senator Ede Dafinone representing Delta Central, Senator Joel Onowakpo-Thomas representing Delta South, Hon. Francis Waive and all APC House of Assembly members campaigned vigorously for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu under the leadership of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege which made it possible for the party to win two out of the three senatorial seats in Delta State.
“We are all witnesses to the joint visits of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Warri Stadium and Gbaramatu kingdom during the flag-off of the Presidential Campaign in Delta State. In fact, without mincing words, the stadium was filled beyond its maximum capacity. This was as a result of the hard work of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege,” they stated in the communique.
While passing a vote of implicit confidence on Senator Omo-Agege, for his hard work and commitment to the victory of the party in Delta State, they noted that the immediate past Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate was the one that set up the APC Joint Campaign Council in Delta State, single-handedly sponsored a one-million-man march for President Tinubu in Effurun/Warri, Delta state which took place on October 22, 2022, and that all delegates who participated in the APC presidential primary election from Delta State voted en masse for President Tinubu as strictly instructed by Senator Omo Agege.
In addition, they recalled that Senator Omo-Agege effectively represented President Tinubu to visit the flood displaced persons to deliver relief materials in IDP camps across the state where he also campaigned vigorously for him.
“Arising from all the above-stated facts which are verifiable, we the Delta Central APC Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders hereby pass a vote of implicit confidence on Senator Ovie Omo-Agege CFR for his hard work and commitment to the victory of the party in the State.
“We equally want to put it on record that the Delta Central APC Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders are very impressed with his policy decisions and the leadership quality displayed so far by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and therefore passed a vote of confidence on him on his exemplary leadership since he assumed office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We also use this medium to congratulate him on his new role as the Chairman of ECOWAS.
“In view of the above, it was strongly concluded that the allegations being perpetrated by disgruntled elements who could not even win their units, and who are sponsored by non-committed APC members and some opposition parties against the personalities of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in Delta State, is a mere fallacy, untrue and therefore should be discountenanced and trashed. It was an attempt to run Senator Ovie Omo-Agege down after committing his integrity, efforts and finances to make sure that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the election,” they added.
The Delta APC Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders at the meeting passed a vote of implicit confidence on President Bola Tinubu, Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, and Delta State APC led by Engr. Omeni Sobotie.