Delta APC supporters flay Ogboru over defeat.

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Delta APC supporters flay Ogboru over defeat.

Supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State have blamed its gubernatorial candidate, Great Ovedje Ogboru, for its defeat at the just concluded elections.

  Speaking under the aegis of the Coalition of Delta APC Support Groups, they disclosed that while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa combed every part of the state campaigning aggressively, Ogboru failed to embark on intensive grassroots campaigns to market his manifesto because of his reliance on federal might.

  In a statement by the convener of the groups, Daniel Ekiugbo, they expressed displeasure over the loss at the polls in spite of the huge support from the party’s national leadership.

 “We were not surprised at the outcome of the gubernatorial election in Delta State, as the stage for failure was set since last year when Ogboru, who just joined the party decided to hijack the platform in his desperation.

  “Unfortunately, working with Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, they were able to hoodwink and secure the backing of our National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and its National Working Committee (NWC).

  “Ogboru acted like a man who was predetermined to fail at all cost by refusing to carry along even the old APC members, who joined him with Jones Erue. He chose to work with the few Labour Party (LP) people who came with him to APC.

  “Even then, he could not manage things properly within his inner circle, as there were open hostilities and infighting between his core people and those of Omo-Agege on one hand and former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s loyalists on the other hand,” the statement reads.

  The groups also lamented that Ogboru did not erect a single billboard or posters in Delta North and South senatorial districts, adding that he only held rallies, sometimes combining three local government areas in one location, believing that he had campaigned in those zones.

   “While we are not ignorant of the fact that a winner must emerge in every contest, APC’s loss in Delta 2019 gubernatorial election becomes more painful when we realise the enormous opportunities available to the APC to win the poll, but which Ogboru squandered.

 “He has proved not to have a solid political structure and that has been responsible for his serial failures in consecutive elections he participated in from 2003 to 2015 before joining APC,” Ekiugbo said.