The battle and bitter acrimony within the fold of the Delta state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) may not end soonest as congress application forms meant for ward congress scheduled for July 31, 2021 jave been allegedly by unknown party members.
In a press briefing on Friday, the party caretaker committee secretary, Comrade Okonji Chidi, the organizing secretary, Amorighoye Mene, and deputy chairman, Engr. Elvis Ayomanor, the trio said six bags of forms were sent from the national secretariat of the party but only three bags were reportedly dumped at the state secretariat by unknown persons.
According to them: “The three man national committee members on sale of forms has informed us that on arrival in Delta state on Tuesday July 29, 2021 the SA media to Prophet Jones Ode Erue, the state caretaker committee chairman, a certain Mr. Nick Ovuakporie with the assistance of security officials posed as the state organizing secretary and requested that the forms be given to him for safe custody.
“On release of the forms to him on 20 July, 2021 till now the Mr. Nick Ovuakporie has remained incommunicado and the forms have not been returned to the three man national committee on Delta state APC sale of congress application forms.
“The state caretaker chairman, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, through a release on social media by his known media aide, claimed that the forms were in his custody and the sale will commence at the Delta state APC secretariat on Thursday July 22, 2021 but as we can alll see today is Friday July 23, 2021, both the state chairman and his aide, Mr. Nick Ovuakporie are no where to be found.”
In the statement made available to Emerald News at the party secretariat, the trio noted that the said Mr. Nick Ovuakporie is not the Delta state APC organizing secretary but Sir AS Mene is the state party organizing secretary.
They also said the three man national committee on sale of forms on Delta have never met the state caretaker chairman Prophet Jones Ode Erue and they did not handover the forms to him neither did they mandate him to issue the forms out on their behalf.
The statement also said the hijacked forms from the national committee members are of no value and lack any authority haven not been issued by authorised persons. They therefore called on national leadership of the party to intervene and restore peace to the fractured party structure in the state.