BY CHIKA ANELO in Asaba
No fewer than 20 fully armed policemen of Delta State Command on Friday stormed the Delta State Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress to prevent Prophet Jones Erue and members of his faction from gaining access to the party’s secretariat located at Nnebisi Road, Asaba.
Prophet Erue-led faction had earlier scheduled the inauguration of its State executive committee at the secretariat. The Erue-led faction had, on Thursday, issued a “Notice of Inauguration of Delta State APC Executive Committee for Friday,” but was denied access to the party’s secretariat by the police in order to avoid the breakdown of law and order.
As a result, enraged Prophet Erue is said to have issued another notice to his factional members.
The notice, which was obtained from an APC WhatsApp group page, reads in part: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are sorry to announce the postponement of the inauguration of Delta State APC Executive Committee earlier scheduled to hold on Friday 20th July 2018.
“We further gathered that the State Commissioner of Police has invited both camps for a meeting in order to set the records right.”
Although the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Andrew Aniamaka could not be reached for reaction. The Delta State Commissioner of Police’s action was informed by an earlier Letter of Introduction from the erstwhile National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, who had introduced Chief Cyril Ogodo to the police as the Delta State APC party chairman and then sealed off the secretariat , restricting access to the facility to avert a breakdown of law and order.
Two executive factions led by Chief Cyril Ogodo and Prophet Erue had emerged after the shenanigans that characterised the ward and State congresses in the State culminating in a free-for-all at the party’s national convention in Abuja.
The Ogodo-led faction, seen as more authentic, was inaugurated by the out-gone national chairman, Chief Oyegun before the new chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole, who at his swearing-in vowed to lay to rest every bickering, allegedly, surreptitiously, against a subsisting court-restraining order, swore in the Prophet Erue factional executive.
The subsisting court order restrains Oshiomhole and the APC from recognizing any other person than the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee which was sworn in by the then Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC and four additional suits are said to be ongoing in the matter.
It can be recalled that Chief Cyril Ogodo’s executive was sworn in by the immediate past National Chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun along 32 other state chairmen of the party on June 4th while Prophet Jones Erue was sworn in by the National Chairman of the Party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on July 16th.
The Olorogun O’Tega Emerhor led tendency and Chief Great Ogboru faction have been in a supremacy battle over who should be in control of the party in the State.
The party has been engulfed in crisis since after the ward, local government and State congresses with the two tendencies claiming authenticity.