15 January 2003

Nigeria: ANPP Declares Oghene-Omoru Delta Guber Candidate

Asaba — The crisis rocking the Delta State All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) over the election of its gubernatorial candidate has deepened as one of the guber aspirants, Chief Lucky Oghene-Omoru has been declared the winner even without a fresh election. The first primaries was botched following the disqualification of Prince Ned Nwoko. The state chairman of the party Mr Godsday Orubebe in a statement on Monday night a few hours before a new primaries said Oghene-Omoru had picked the ticket.

Efforts to reach the state ANPP chairman to throw more light on the press release proved abortive but a source at the party's secretariat in Asaba yesterday afternoon confirmed to Vanguard on phone that "the national secretariat has already submitted Chief Lucky Oghene-Omoru to INEC." The source pleaded, not to be named "because of security reason."

Vanguard also contacted the special adviser to Governor James Ibori on media affairs Mr Abel Oshevire to clear the air over the purported involvement of the state governor in the ANPP crisis. Rumours making the round had it that the governor allegedly "bought" the state ANPP exco with a view to planting Lucky Oghene-Omoru as a puppet candidate Oshevire said. Ibori has no reason whatsoever to be afraid of anybody be it Ned Nwoko or Great Ogboru. He (Ibori) is equal to the task and will win," Mr. Oshevire stated.

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