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Delta 2023: Festus Keyamo Still Holds The Ace ~Omonaijablog

Keyamo vs. Omo-Agege

Speculations are rife over who will carry the All Progressives Congress – APC flag in the Delta 2023, reports ENigeria Newspaper.

As the dread of the 2023 election grows more palpable, rumors over who will eventually emerge as the APC’s governorship flag candidate are intensifying.

Taking the efficacy of the Delta 2023 election seriously, ENigeria Newspaper reporter, Ben Adindu spent days in Delta State gathering useful material, despite the fact that the APC’s Delta state affiliate is currently split into two factions.

While a segment of major political heavyweights in the state’s APC sought refuge beneath the wings of the current Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the remnants chose Omo-Agege, the Deputy Senate President.

The Delta APC dispute stems from the aftermath of the party’s ward local and state congresses in Delta State, which Omo-Agege and his suspected accomplice, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, allegedly hijacked.

Ovie Omo-Agege, widely reputed as a thug who occupies the front row in trampling on order and due process (as evidenced in the Senate’s mace theft drama in 2018, in which he stormed an ongoing plenary session with armed men and allegedly made away with the mace – a symbol of authority in the Senate) did not disappoint once more, as there were strong allegations from other party chieftains in the state accusing him of hijacking the last ward congress.

Party leaders protested bitterly about being marginalized by Omo-Agege and his small clique, who have kept everyone in the dark regarding the Congress’s location and those appointed to lead it from Abuja, ENigeria Newspaper learnt.

As the party prepared for the actual congress day, it was learned that materials sent to the state from Abuja had been allegedly hijacked by thugs believed to be working for the Deputy Senate President, all in an attempt to keep other members out of the exercise.

As expected, this sparked a backlash from other disgruntled members who felt marginalized, resulting in a boycott of the much-discussed congress by party chieftains loyal to Festus Keyamo, who also went to court to question its legitimacy.
As a result, a congress intended to harmonize and draw members of the state’s ruling party closer together ended up expanding the already existing schisms even more.

Despite the fact that the Delta State APC’s divisions are widening and the party is morphing into a battleground, information available to this newspaper strongly suggests that Keyamo still holds the ace over Omo-Agege.
For example, the Deputy Senate President is widely reported to be pursuing a 2023 governorship ambition, which is why he is attempting to hijack the party’s structure by any means necessary.

However, hustling his way to ensure he is chosen as the party’s consensus candidate prior to the polls may not be his only headache, as investigations conducted by ENigeria Newspaper now reveal that his greatest undoing is the fact that his circle, mostly made up of lightweight members of the party with little to no political value, is not enough to earn him victory over the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party – PDP with a structure that appears to be as solid.
Although it is unclear whether Keyamo is running for governor in the Delta 2023 race at the time of filing this report, a cursory look back at the evolution of Delta state politics reveals that despite being a long-time member of the Peoples Democratic Party – PDP for several years, the Deputy Senate President’s journey to political prosperity began when he defected to the APC and was publicly endorsed by Chief Great Ogboru, with whom he had fallen out today.
On the condition of anonymity, a grassroots member of the ruling party told ENigeria Newspaper that Omo-Agege can achieve little or nothing with his governorship ambition without solid support from the likes of Ogboru.

“Ogboru is a core grassroots politician in Delta State who controls the APC political machinery, and Omo-Agege rode on his back to where he is now”, the aggrieved members quipped.
With the likes of Ogboru, former Delta State House of Assembly speaker Victor, former Executive Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs. Mariam Ali, Air Vice-Marshal Okorodudu and other key players ditching DSP and pitching tent in the opposite direction, Keyamo still holds the ace, whether he decides to run for governor or not in 2023.

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  1. Festus Keyamo can never win Delta state gubernatorial election.