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Omo-Agege’s dilemma

Omo Agege

If there is one man who would not find the unfolding political drama in Delta State funny, it is Olorogun Ovie Omo-Agege, a former commissioner for special duties and one-time Secretary to State Government.

The Orogun-born politician had left the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to actualise his aspiration to govern Delta State in 2011.  But the Appeal Court’s verdict has put this on hold, at least, for now.

He must wait for the outcome of the fresh election next February, unless ACN can make a case that its candidate in the April 2007 poll, Mr. Peter Okocha, was wrongfully excluded from the race and that it went to  court to challenge his exclusion from the election.

After some twists and turns, his suit was dismissed and he did not appeal the judgment since he had set his eyes on returning to PDP.  Some observers argued that it is difficult to see how ACN can fight to field a candidate on the basis of the April 2007 contest.

The second dilemma facing Omo-Agege is Chief Great Ogboru whose Democratic Peoples’ Party, DPP, merged with ACN at the national level. Some members of DPP moved to fuse with ACN in Delta State.

The issue, therefore, is whether  INEC has recognised the merger between ACN and DPP or that will be the platform on which Ogboru can pursue his victory at the Appeal Court, to participate in the fresh election. The DPP structure in Delta is fragile.

On the other hand, the defection of Omo-Agege, Senator Adegor Eferakeya and others has boosted the strength of ACN in the state. The steady gain the party has made in Edo and Ekiti states has been politically inspiring as a rise of progressive face of politicking in Nigeria. The prospect of the second republic Unity Party of Nigeria flavour sweeping through the old Bendel State was becoming an issue that PDP, the precursor of NPN, was to grapple with in 2011.

In the event of Ogboru contesting the fresh election on the ticket of ACN, the political career of Omo-Agege would still be on hold for at least four years, on the assumption that Ogboru wins the fresh election. In the event of Uduaghan winning and Omo-Agege is presented as the new ACN candidate, the prospects of using just eight weeks to dethrone a sitting governor with the power of incumbency will be a political earthquake.

Even as it is now, it is a difficult task for Omo-Agege to convince Anioma people to abandon their 2015 aspiration to endorse another Delta Central aspirant for the office of governor.

Though his supporters would argue that he would subscribe to do just one term, as long as Uduaghan is removed, the likes of Ogboru who understands what it takes to fight for power, either through the court or by other means, would tell you that nobody acquires power and hands it over on a platter of gold.

Politicians are an incredible species, so, it is an interesting development to see how Omo-Agege resolves his political dilemma.


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