By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI — FORMER acting National Chairman of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, Sir Olisaemeka Akamukali, has blamed crisis rocking the party on the governorship ambition of Chief Great Ogboru, describing him as a defacto professional governorship aspirant.
Olisaemeka, while reacting to an advertorial by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said; “his (Ogboru) fight with Senator Pius Ewherido was that he thought that late Pius wanted to be governor while he is the defacto professional governorship candidate of the party.”
INEC had in the advertorial warned Sir Akamukali and Chief Henry Olori to stop parading themselves as acting National Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the party in Delta State respectively.
He, however, said; “I am happier as a National Auditor of All Progressive Congress, APC, than being acting National Chairman of DPP. DPP is a sinking ship.”
He added that the then National Chairman of the party, General Jeremaih Useni handed over to him as his deputy to carry on with the affairs of the party, when he (Useni) resigned to contest for the senate in Plateau State,
Akamukali said: “Yes, the issue of the authentic chairman of the party came up and it is now an issue before a Federal High Court in Abuja.”
On the crack in DPP, he said: “Great Ogboru want to be governor at all cost in 2015; quote me. Great was with us in the NEC meeting of the then DPP with other members, it was agreed that DPP should merge with APC; the only person who had a different voice was General Useni that he wanted to go to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but at the end majority carried the day.
“We were now asked to draft a letter to APC and ask APC for admission. We drafted the letter; had a committee of 12 people; Great opposed to Senator Ewherido being a member of the committee; I over ruled him. That was where our problem started. The letter of the committee that was submitted to Dr Lame; the secretary of the merger committee then, was handed over to Dr Lame by Great Ogboru and Ned Nwoko.
“Meanwhile, Great went to Chief Tom Ikimi, he is still living and said that they should promise him the ticket for 2015. He went to Bola Tinubu and asked for the ticket for 2015; they told Great that we were not talking about ticket. What we were talking about is to build a viable opposition.
“They knew from past experience that why merger fails is because before the merger is even actualise; people will start talking about what they will get, because everybody will agree that most Nigerians did not give APC a chance; most of them believed that APC will fail.”