Indications to this emerged over the weekend, when party leaders from Warri North, Warri South and Warri South West local government areas of Delta State, accused the governorship candidate of the party, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, of angling for a federal appointment through Machiavellian means.
Representatives of APC in the three local government areas led by David Olayinka Atie, Macson Ebiereneyin and Mike Odeli among others, said that it was Emerhor and chairman of the party in the state, Prophet Jones Erue, who published an advertorial in some national dailies purportedly expelling Hon Temi Harriman, Dr Alex Ideh and Mr A. S. Mene, over unfounded allegations relating to anti-party activities.
They said having destroyed the party and lost at the governorship poll, the APC candidate Olorogun Emerhor, was scheming to grab a federal appointment from the government of Buhari. “The purported expulsion was motivated by vindictiveness and ethnic bias. It is no coincidence that all members purportedly expelled are extractions of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality.
The allegations is that they worked for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the April 11 elections which is absolutely false and the mischief makers know that the allegation is a monumental falsehood,” the representatives reiterated.
They accused the APC governorship candidate of being the “true reason APC in Delta became a lame duck that was incapable of performing creditably well the last polls,” adding that Emerhor’s “meddlesomeness in the APC primaries by replacing winners with losers as in the case of Honourable Temisan Omatseye and Chris Anirah crippled the party.”
They wondered how Honourable Harriman, Dr Ideh and Mr Mene, who worked tirelessly to garner the highest number of votes for General Buhari and other candidates of the party in the state and looked good to grab federal appointments, could be accused of anti-party activities when Olorogun Emerhor himself did not even win his ward at the presidential and governorship polls.
The media aide to Olorogun Emerhor, Dr Fred Oghenesivbe, has denied that his boss was angling for a federal appointment at the expense of other party leaders.
Meanwhile the Rivers state chapter of APC has raised alarm over the systematic and targeted killing of its members in the state.