The chances of Chief Ovie Omo-Agege in the forthcoming rerun election in Delta State may have brightened following reports that a coalition of parties led by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), is backing his candidature for the poll in his new party, the Republican Party of Nigeria (RPN).
ACN will not be fielding a candidate in the Delta rerun following a court pronouncement that the flag-bearer in the 2007 polls, Mr. Peter Okocha, was not validly nominated.
Omo-Agege’s emergence as RPN’s candidate in the rerun poll on Tuesday ended all speculations as to whether he is eligible to contest or not.
The death of RPN candidate in the 2007 election, Mr. Felix Azorbo, paved the way for a primary election to nominate a replacement, leading to Omo-Agege’s emergence.
The RPN candidate is now pitted against Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the man whose election on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in 2007 was voided by the Appeal Court, culminating in the rerun and the initiator of the suit, Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, in the rerun.
A source close to ACN in Delta State noted, weekend, that Omo-Agege had just joined the party from PDP, preparatory to using ACN as the launch pad for his gubernatorial election when Uduaghan’s election was voided, paving the way for the rerun.
“Now that we are sure that ACN is not eligible to vie in the rerun, we, in ACN, owe Omo-Agege as one of us the moral obligation to support his bid to become the governor of Delta State on the new platform – the Republican Party of Nigeria, RPN,” the source stated.
He explained that ACN was working with its allies in the coalition of parties in the state to mobilise support for the former commissioner under ex-Governor James Ibori in the rerun election.