By- Burutu Anthony O.
The duo of Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and Chief Great Ogboru who hail from Orogun community in Ughelli North Local Government Area and Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area respectively are both on a failed mission. They both are in a collision to perpetuate their greedy and wily antics against Delta APC which they joined in 2016 after referring to the party as Boko Haram party during the 2015 general elections campaign.
Omo-Agege who has been at the forefront of the anti- Urhobo struggle right from his venture into politics in 2002 is now claiming to love the Urhobos more than the bona-fide men who has stood for the Urhobo course.
It is no news that Ovie Omo-Agege has always been unstable and a sellout right from his time as the Secretary to the State Government in 2006. He aided the treacherous doctoring of the Delta state voters register which the PDP used in rigging the 2007 gubernatorial election against an Urhobo son, Chief Great Ogboru who is now frolicking with Omo-Agege thinking that the Senator has his interest of becoming the governor of Delta State.
The desperation and egocentric nature of Ovie Omo-Agege became revealing right from when the court of appeal annulled the April 14, 2007 election that brought Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan into power and ordered for a fresh election to be conducted within 90 days from the date it issued its judgement. Being a greedy person and for his hatred for the Urhobo general interest, Ovie Omo-Agege who previously contested and failed in the PDP primaries with Uduaghan in 2007, threw himself into the contest again in connivance with the PDP to use him as their emissary to frustrate, divide and thwart the chances of the emergence of an Urhobo man (Great Ogboru) as the governor of Delta State after the Court of Appeal annulled the controversial 2017 gubernatorial election and declared a rerun. In a desperate effort to achieve the PDP's plots, Ovie Omo-Agege turncoated illicitly to the Republican Party of Nigeria, RPN to wrestle the ticket of their deceased candidate which he forcefully hijacked from Mrs. Nkem Madezia who was supposed to run on the platform being the Deputy to the late Olorogun Felix Azorbo, the RPN candidate who died after the 2007 election. Omo-Agege contested the re-run election against Great Ogboru of the DPP whom the Urhobo nation has endorsed as their sole candidate and succeeded in perpetuating his evil mandate against the Urhobo people by dividing the votes of the Urhobo nation. Worthy of note was the appeal by the Urhobo nation to Ovie Omo-Agege, made viable offers for him to step aside for Ogboru. Alas, Ovie Omo-Agege the political business man and a PDP permanent political contractor who derives joy from conniving against Urhobo interest refused all Urhobo entreaties and efforts to make him step down so that to increase the chances of the most favourable Urhobo candidate as of then, (Great Ogboru). Yes! Ovie Omo-Agege was responsible for the Ogboru's lose and PDP winning the infamous 2010 governorship election rerun in Delta State.
During the 2011 general elections, the ever chameleonic Ovie Omo-Agege after his failed fake bid to run the gubernatorial primary election of the PDP was again instructed by his pay masters to defect to the Action Congress of Nigeria ACN. Omo- Agege had no second thought but rather swift immediately to the ACN to hijack its platform which provided him the free ticket to contest the gubernatorial election. His intention was not to win the election but rather to use the platform for his greedy negotiation against the interest of the Urhobo, particularly to further divide the urhobo votes. I could remember vividly the rhetoric speech made by Ovie Omo-Agege in November 5th 2010 when he officially registered with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in his own town Orhomuru-Orogun. Speaking during the formal registration ceremony, Omo-Agege played smart on the people again through his deceptive speech which he acted against almost immediately he lose the election to the PDP and his complacent was not hidden for a successful mole mission. Ovie Omo-Agege while acting the script at his defection pretentiously condemned the PDP, according to him, "today, we depart Egypt (PDP) as the umbrella is torn asunder by strife, conflict, confusion, and disunity. Today we march onward to victory into the land of the progressives with internal democracy, rule of law and cohesion as the watchwords of the new platform - Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. We harken to the voice of our people that never again shall a cabal seize the destiny of the state and hold it thralldom. We sweep away bad government, corruption, oppression suffering, incompetence, chicanery and godfatherism". The deception in the speech was revealed immediately after the election and the PDP candidate was declared winner, Ovie Omo-Agege in his usual unstable and desperate manner who is after his personal interest abandoned the ACN and defected back to PDP to regroup with the same evil cabals he condemned a few months ago.
*How can Omo-Agege claim to be a lover of the urhobo struggle with all these atrocities committed by him against the Urhobo nation?*
It is also on record that the self over ambitious politician whose reason for political prostitution is to satisfy his personal interest is always uncomfortable in any progressive setting that provides him the opportunity to support the growth of others. Ovie Omo-Agege all through his political ascension has not been able to make or support any of his followers to become great, but he will always cunningly hide on others reputation to gain political relevance. This explained why he has always starched himself on Great Ogboru, his new found political ally whom he has been betraying in the secret as recently exposed by one of the Delta APC gubernatorial aspirants, Dr. Charles Nwadiani.
Ovie Omo-Agege based on his greedy and unholy antecedents can not be trusted with the ability to attract or effect development in Urhobo land. His only concern and place of interest is his immediate family and his home town, Orhomuru-Orogun. Just like his new ally, he is a tyrant, never want to be under any body but always expects others to be under him.
Ovie Omo-Agege is always associated with leadership tussle like his ally, Great Ogboru. Another reason why he cannot operate comfortably in one political party is his act of insubordination and rascality, coupled with his selfish desire has continued to push him from one political party to another. He fought all through his two times stay in PDP, departed the ACN after collapsing the party in Delta State, tried to hijack and collapse the National Working Committee of the Labour Party but was resisted by the party's National Chairman; Abdulkardir Abdulsalam who cried out at the plot of the coup against his NWC, accusing the Senator of being the arrowhead of the splinter group in the party who allegedly sponsored some hooligans to attack his leadership of the party. According to the report, " Thus, this alleged by the leadership of the Labour Party under Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the protest against the leadership of our party was a smokescreen to enable those behind it execute the agenda of creating a leadership tussle, which in turn provided the lone Senator of the party from Delta State, Ovie Omo-Agege a long sought opportunity to defect to the All Progressives Congress APC".
It is not just Ovie Omo-Agege, but the entire Ageges are known as people working against the Urhobo for their personal interest. In 1999, Justice Omo-Agege, the father of Ovie Omo-Agege, a retired judge of the high court who was then chairman of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DESIEC), conducted a fraudulent local government election that saw PDP rigged into power in all the 25 local government areas in the state.
It is regrettable to note that Ovie Omo-Agege who received hundreds of millions as constituency allowance as a serving Senator could not install a single visible development in his constituency, instead he resolved at sharing twenty thousand Naira (N20,000) and ten thousand Naira (N10,000) respectively to a few selected individuals. This goes to show how perplex and nepotic Omo-Agege is and his inability to attract development to his constituency.
In 2010, Ovie Omo-Agege's sister who works at the INEC headquarters In Abuja as Director of Political Parties in a flimsy note declared that RPN and ACN were merged to contest the Delta state re-run elections so that to favour his brother against the Urhobo's consent. Investigations revealed that same lady helped the former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to perfect rigging in the state in many past elections.
Urhobos will not forget so soon the politics that played out during 2014 PDP governorship primaries. The Urhobo Progress Union, UPU which is the umbrella body of the all Urhobos after diligently screening all Urhobo governorship aspirants, settled for Chief David Edevie as their sole Governorship aspirant for PDP. Guess who was used against Chief Edevbe and the Urhobos? Your guess is as good as mine. Omo-Agege refused to step down for the Urhobo anointed aspirant as instructed by the UPU. Edevbe lost the PDP primary election to governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Anioma nation. Omo-Agege again left the PDP after thwarting the chance of the Urhobo. Yes, I count it as best chance because, two Urhobos namely, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor, OON and Chief Great Ogboru emerged as candidates of the All Progressives Congress APC and the Labour Party respectively. Had Omo-Agege not stopped Chief Edevbe in PDP, it would have been a work over in favour of the Urhobos in 2015.
Omo-Agege never won the Delta central senatorial election at the ballot, his father influenced Justice H. A. Barka to deliver the judgement in the appellate court sitting in Benin, Edo state in his favour. Omo-Agege's father was able to influence Judge Bakar, because he has once saved the said judge from being sacked in the time past.
Omo-Agege who promised to put the issues of Urhobo nation on the front burner in the National Assembly just after the influential Appeal Court judgement has abandoned other Urhobo communities and lay total focus in his Orogun community, channelling all important projects from the Niger Basin Development Authority where his stooge is serving as the Executive Director, Engineering to Orogun.
He recently raised a bill to site a federal polytechnic in his immediate community Orogun. The questions now are, is Ovie Omo-Agege representing only his Orogun people or the entire Urhobos in the senate? Is this the love Omo-Agege claimed to have for the Urhobo nation? Why is it that Projects that are supposed to be distributed across various communities in Urhobo land are exclusively been sited in one man's community who claims to love the entire Urhobo nation more than others? The answer to these questions clearly defined who Ovie Omo-Agege is.
As the preparation for the 2019 general elections hits top gear, Ovie Omo-Agege has started his shoddy antics and pranks again, and this time not alone but has succeeded in hypnotizing Great Ogboru who is unknowingly being used for horse trading by Omo-Agege for his selfish 2023 guber ambition.
Omo-Agege in conjunction with Ogboru who defected to the APC few months ago have unconstitutionally and subsequently called for a meetings of all APC local government chairmen, induced them with bribe while requesting to be endorsed as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, and in subsequent manner, rushed to the media to issue press statements as regards to his over ambitious desire and temperament for leadership tussle. Where in any state chapter of the APC has a defected senator become the leader of the party? On what premises and authority has Ovie Omo-Agege calling for these series of unholy gathering of gullible supporters to perpetuate injustice? Is Omo-Agege now the Delta state chairman of APC that he can now call meeting of party executives at personal will? Why will omo-Agege, Ogboru and their co-travelers not give peace a chance in Delta APC? This and so many more pertinent questions are begging for answers.
Let me remind Omo-Agege and Ogboru that before their admission into this party that they once refused to merge with at the formation stage in 2014 because they term it Boko-Haram party, the party had structures which still exist till date and the right thing is to align with the structures and stop playing hanky panky to distract effective administration of the party.
I wish to remind Ogboru and Omo-Agege that APC is not a mushroom party where candidates are been endorsed without primaries, and that they have no moral or legal justification to call for or bribe party officials for endorsement.
Delta APC shall conduct a free, fair and credible primaries to choose her candidates at all levels including the Delta Central senatorial post.
Ovie Omo-Agege and Ogboru should allow peace to reign in Delta APC or better still leave the party for the original founders or join the third force of ex-president Obasanjo or APGA that they have long planted some of their people to hold sway for them in case their inordinate plots fails in APC.