By Ovasa Ogaga,——-
A political pressure group within the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State that styles itself as Isoko For All Group has accused the lawmaker representing Isoko constituency in the House of Representative of plotting with some fifth columnist within the PDP to scuttle the victory of Hon. Jude Ogbimi, at the election tribunal.
The group in a press statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Nero Emona, also alleged that Hon. Leo Ogor and his cohorts have concluded plans with the chairman of the Allied People’s Movement, Alhaji Yusuf Mamman Dantalle to overturn the victory of Jude Ognimi and that the lawmaker has promised to bankroll the process financially.
The group disclose further that grouse of the lawmaker is because he was not allowed to produced the party candidate for the House of Assembly bye-election, hence he is allegedly scheming to unseat him.
The statement read: “Recall that on the 11th of April 2021, the independent national electoral commission conducted a bye election to fill up the vacant Isoko North constituency seat in the Delta state house of assembly as demanded by the constitution following the unfortunate demise of the late Majority Leader, Rt. Hon. Tim Owhefere.
“The election which was adjudged peaceful and credible by all, saw the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Hon. Jude Ogbimi emerged as the winner of the contest as declared by INEC.
“Although it is within the constitutional right of any dissatisfied individual or group to approach the court of law to seek redress, it becomes an act of treachery and betrayal when such actions are disguisedly orchestrated, coordinated and filed by high ranking individuals within same political party to destroy the collective victory of all party faithfuls simply because their preferred candidate could not secure the party ticket for the election.
“Such is the case of Rt. Hon. Leo Ogor who, more than anyone else in Isoko, has overwhelmingly enjoyed the support of the party as a fifth term legislator in the Federal House of Representative.
“Recently, incontrovertible facts have surfaced on how he summoned some party leaders including Dr. Paul Owhe, Mr. Ogorugba Godwin, Hon. Mike Ogwah, Pastor Jonathan Ukodhiko and Comrade Zino Onaimor to his Abuja residence to plot the removal of their own party’s member elect, Hon. Jude Ogbimi.
“It is on sound information that these party leaders met and concluded plans with the chairman of the Allied People’s Movement, Alhaji Yusuf Mamman Dantalle at the instance of Hon. Leo Ogor, to overturn the victory of Jude Ognimi through the electoral tribunal with the promise to bankroll the process financially and otherwise.
“Ordinarily, from the result announced by INEC, the APM’s candidate was nowhere close to victory as it is an unknown party in Isoko and so would be uninterested in any suit whatsoever to seek victory or redress in the courts. However, with this new development, and with the active collaboration of the PDP’s leaders, the party have concluded plans to go to court which is to be spearheaded by Hon. Mike Ogwah on the mandate of Rt. Hon Leo Ogor as confirmed by our impeccable source who was privy to the meeting
“Although, we remain unscathed and unruffled, we only feel disgusted at the greed of a few who think they have the right to always produce party candidates in every election irrespective of the decision of the majority of party faithfuls.”