The Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate for April 11, 2015 election in Delta State, Chief Great Ovadje Ogboru, and his teaming supporters and all the Local Government Executives of the Labour Party, Tuesday, dumped LP saying that they are irrevocably committed to the merger process with the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a communique issued after a meeting today of a new pressure group that styles itself as the “Light Of Labour”,( LOL) at Ekpan, Warri, signed by Evang. Ossai Abeg as State Chairman and Mr. Tosan Awani, Secretary, they stated that all further merger talk with the APC would be done through the LOL.
While accusing the state LP chairman, Chief Tony Ezeagwu of compromising his position ahead of the merger process, after he had set up a 9man committee to negotiate the APC, but suddenly developed a volte face to say that he is not aware of the merger talk.
According to the group; “after x-raying the activities of Ezeagwu, the house concluded that he has developed a sudden mental amnesia or that he has been compromised and as such lost his integrity and can no longer be trusted to lead the merger process.”
“Therefore, the house passed a vote of no confidence on chief Ezeagwu and declared him persona non-grata …Which means that every member who agrees to the merger can no longer hold meeting, private talks or even phone calls with him.
“The entire structures of the party under the leadership of the house are converted automatically from the state, down to the LGAs and ward levels to the Light Of Labour, and would retain their position as they were in LP.”
“That all member and structures of LOL have relinquished their membership of LP and are fusing with the APC under the new arrangement of the 9-man committee of both parties headed by Mr. Fred Okpowhori of APC and Sir Richard Odibo of the LOL.”
It would be recalled that last week Chief Ezeagwu in a media report, disassociating himself and LP from the merger with APC, according to him, “I called a meeting of the party and disassociated LP from fusing or merging with APC and as I speak with you, they are begging me to rescind that decision and I told them that it is not possible.
“I am the final authority of LP in Delta State. A candidate cannot direct the affairs of the party. If he (Ogboru) had won and is the governor is a different ball game entirely but for now, he doesn’t have that kind of capacity.”
Reacting to claims by the party chairman, Chief Ogboru said: “There is an understanding within the LP, which states that when am leaving the party with my supporters, we would hand over the party to the original chairman of the party.
“If he (Ezeagwu) wants to go, he can go. What is our business with Ezeagwu who cannot win one unit in the State? If he is coming, fine, but if he is not, he can go on his own but he is going with nothing and the rightful chairman of the party would take over the party.”