By Onovughakpor Precious & Okpariere Diamond
Former Executive Director of Projects EDP, of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Engr Dr. Samuel Adjogbe, has emphasized the need for genuine peace in the Delta State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC.
He stated this on Wednesday, at Evwreni in Ughelli North Area of Delta State after he successfully revalidated his APC membership.
Adjogbe, a patron of the Buhari Support Group Centre, South-South Zone, noted that the ongoing APC membership registration and revalidation exercise presents an opportunity to promote unity and shun factional tendencies across the state chapter.
He urged Delta APC to move beyond shortchanging and manipulating a tendency to an all-encompassing registration and revalidation exercise which remains the first task towards attaining genuine peace and unity in Delta APC.
The APC chieftain noted Delta state is very ripe for harvest, as Deltans awaits APC to liberate them from PDP grips. “No doubt, Delta State is ripe for the taking. Perhaps a better way to see this is that while we are at each other’s throats, Deltans wait on us to salvage them from poor governance and age-long underdevelopment inflicted by PDP.
“Deltans look up to us to unite and strategize ahead of 2023 and this membership re-validation and registration exercise is a litmus test to show how ready Delta APC is for 2023 elections.
He added that “The efforts of only one member or faction can’t win an election. It would take the combined effort of everyone to produce the desired victory in 2023 and beyond.”
The APC Chieftain appealed to all leaders of the Delta APC to continue in the ongoing engagement and consultation in order to conclude the entire reconciliation process initiated by the party’s Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni.
“Past grievances must be treated for what they represent without further delay. Also, the fact that every stakeholder has something to bring to the table must be recognized and not downplayed.”
Adjogbe also identified the bane of the internal crisis rocking the Delta APC as falsehood and blackmail peddled by members of the party in a bid to gain favour from leaders, adding that:
“When this happens and leaders don’t create time to investigate and carry out due diligence, they may be led into taking a wrong position against an innocent member(s), thereby deepening disunity in the party. I, therefore, encourage leaders to listen less to gossips and confront issues head-on.”
He expressed optimism in the fortunes of the party in the state noting that: “APC in Delta State currently has the required human capital to win all elections come 2023 but total and genuine reconciliation is needed to clinch victory.”
He also urged all members of the party as well as incoming ones to see the registration and revalidation exercise as an opportunity to build stronger relationships.
“Those saddled with the responsibility of coordination at the different LGAs and Senatorial Districts should ensure registration of new members and revalidation of all existing members that present themselves for the exercise and should not see it as an opportunity to witch hunt others perceived not to be in their previous groups or tendencies.”
He equally made a cash donation to the party at the ward level to aid them in the registration process.
APC Evwreni Ward 8 Chairman, Hon Solomon Akpobasa present Adjogbe’s party membership card to him in the company of some APC ward leaders which include, Hon Engr. Goddy Avwenuvie, Benson Igbre, and Mr. UBa Marcus Councillorship candidate of the party in Evwreni among others.