Delta: Ogboru, Omo-agege, Ochei, Labour Party, In Advance Talks To Merge With Apc

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BEVERLY HILLS, February 22, (THEWILL) – The Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chief Great Ogboru, the Senator representing Delta Central on the platform of the party, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Speaker Emeritus of the Delta State House of Assembly and candidate of the Accord Party in the last senatorial election for Delta North, Rt. Honourable Victor Ochei are in advanced talks to merge with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), THEWILL can authoritatively report.

The politicians as well as the leadership of the political parties involved have been holding informal discussions that would see the major opposition figures in the state fuse into an enlarged APC.

THEWILL gathered that the APC following a meeting of its State Executive Council (SEC) in Warri over the weekend ratified and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the move.

Senator Omo-Agege and Rt. Hon. Ochei also confirmed that there have been talks with the APC.

A statement from Godwin Anaughe, SA, Communications and Strategy to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said: “Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was elected to the Senate on the platform of the Labour Party and he remains a happy member of the Party. However Delta Labour Party is in informal discussion with APC to explore possible fusion/ collaboration in the future. We await the outcome of that discussion. But suffice it to say that it is the party, not the senator, that will make the call as to the nature of our future relationship with the APC.”

A statement from Ochei's media office said: “Speaker Emeritus, Rt. Honourable Victor Ochei has been in informal talks with the APC and discussions have reached high levels at the national and state executives of the party. We await the outcome of the deliberations…”

THEWILL could not reach Chief Ogboru via his cell phone for comments as at the time of publishing this report.

A statement by the APC said its governorship candidate in the 2015 governorship election, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor who spoke on behalf of the state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, said that SEC approved a committee to commence discussions with Ogboru, Omo-Agege and Ochei groups “to formalize the modalities of the alliance that is being tailored to forge a strong opposition in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.”