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President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to call on the defeated candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru to account for the N3billion released to him for the just concluded governorship elections in the state.
The call was made today, Friday, 15/3/2019 at a press briefing in Asaba, by the Coalition of Delta APC Support Group led by Prince Daniel Ekiugbo.
At the press conference, the group requested the president to ask Chief Ogboru, to explain the whereabout of what it described as ‘huge financial provision for the entire 2019 general election amounting to three billion naira.
Prince Ekiugbo said: “We call on the National Leader of the Party, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and our National Working Committee led by Comr. Adams Oshiomhole to immediately set inquiry for Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru to explain the whereabouts of the huge Financial Provisions for the entire 2019 General Elections. It is of public knowledge that Great Ogboru presented a budget of over THREE BILLION NAIRA, which budget was over funded and availed to him. There was no evidence anywhere that he spent N1 billion for the elections. He refused to properly disburse and chose to release paltry amounts only to his few chosen supporters. Even for his LGA rallies, he never released one kobo, instead, he directed that local leaders and supporters task themselves to fund such rallies, and because most leaders couldn’t raise such funds, a lot of LGA rallies were either abandoned or turn out to be huge flops! We also have it on good authority that commissioner positions were sold N50 million each in advance to raise funds that were diverted from the campaigns!
“APC, as a mega political party, cannot be brought to the low level of mushroom political parties where Ogboru has been practicing his hit-and-run politics of election racketeering and getting away with the dubious acts. Ogboru should be probed!
“Be that as it may, our deepest sympathies goes to the teaming population of Delta APC membership who dearly desired change as encased in our slogan of “APC – TAKE OVER DELTA STATE”, which however could not materialize following this misadventure of Great Ogboru which was purely driven by a selfish ambition to rake-in election funds without any strategies put in place to guarantee victory.
“Finally, we reiterate our demand that the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party to set up a panel of enquiry to immediately review the outcome of the Delta APC overall performance in the just concluded election: The funds received by the campaign council, the disbursement of funds and those who received the funds at various Local Government Areas in the State and to review the results from each polling units across the State as it was noticed that most leaders played anti party at various levels in the State. We demand for ‘Operation Show your ward results from every leader in Delta APC’ irrespective of who they are or the positions they hold. We understand that Chief Ogboru and a number of his supporters who could not even win their polling units, not to talk of wards, have all concluded arrangements to beseech Abuja and again lie and hoodwink our National Chairman and other National leaders in a bid to secure juicy federal political appointments!
“We must separate the Sheep’s from the Goat’s in Delta APC and only empower performing leaders in order to so have a formidable and strong party in our State going forward.”