Amidst tight security following fears of the breakaway group attempting to disrupt Emerhor’s factional congress, the APC elected Cyril Abeye Ogodo, former state vice chairman of the party as chairman beating Fred Obe to clinch the chairmanship position of the party in Delta state.
At the early hours of Monday prior to the commencement of the election, there were fears that the faction which held its congress on Saturday which returned Jones Erue as state chairman would hire thugs to unleash mayhem on the delegates and other party faithful and consequently disrupt the smooth conduct of the state party congress.
However, from the commencement of the accreditation to voting and eventual declaration of Ogodo as winner with loud ovation, the Federal College premises was peaceful though with heavy presence of security officials comprising the police, members of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
The college premises was heavily packed with party faithful and delegates from the 25 local government areas of the state who voted in an atmosphere of peace leading to the emergence of Ogodo with Fred Obe accepting the result in good faith.
Speaking to journalists after emerging victorious, Ogodo said he felt great to have emerged Delta state chairman of one of the greatest parties in Africa for the next four years.
Answering a question on his plans to unite the party as there are obvious evidence of disunity, Ogodo said considering the crowd of people at the congress, it was evidence that the party is united, adding however, that those outside the fold would be brought in so as to pave way for the party to emerge victorious in 2019.
The chairman elect, who was very optimistic that the party would take over power from the PDP in 2019 in Delta state, said he would ensure all those outside with dissenting voices are brought in and re-united with the party for the good of all.
He thanked all party faithful and delegates from all the three senatorial districts, congress planning committee, representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Fred Obe for accepting the results of the congress.
Olorogun Otega Emerhor, who was highly elated at the success of the party congress, thanked all delegates for the success of the congress, adding that the success was a result of the unity of members.
While the euphoria over Ogodo’s emergence as factional chairman continues, the crisis rocking the party in the state is yet unresolved.
Last Saturday, Jones Erue emerged unopposed as chairman from the Omo-Agege/Ogboru faction of the party, leading to two chairmen to man the affairs of the party in Delta state.
With the emergence of two chairmen, crisis may erupt over who heads the state party secretariat located along Nnebisi road in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Although Ogodo has given assurance of bringing the breakaway group to his fold, the people of Delta state are watching with hands akimbo to see who blinks first, whether Emerhor’s group of Omo-Agege’s faction.