Festus Keyamo, Minister of State, Labour and productivity, other members of Delta All Progressive Congress, (APC) Leaders Council were absent Saturday at the state Congress.
Meanwhile, Chief Omeni Sobotie (Delta Central) and Nick Ovuakporie (Delta South) emerged as the state Chairman and secretary respectively after the consensus agreement.
Others who were absent at the Congress include Chief Great Ogboru, Marian Ali, Cairo Ojoughoh, Victor Ochei, Eughene Okolocha, Terry Okorodudu and others.
Sobotie, who two other aspirants stepped down for promised to take the party to greater heights, reconcile all aggrieved members, make sure everybody is carried along in the scheme of things in order to take over the government in 2023.
Keyamo’s absence may not be unconnected with their failure to upturn the Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President, led mainstream of the party in the state as their plot suffered a major setback at a State High Court, Asaba on Friday.
Striking out the action on Friday, October 15, 2021, His Lordship, Hon Justice G.B Briki-Okolosi of High Court 2, Asaba, also refused to set aside the LGA Congresses conducted in Delta State while also awarding a cost of 100,000.00 in favour of each of the Defendants.
The development came after the court action inspired by the erstwhile deputy chairman of the party in the state, Elvis Ayomanor aimed cancelling the recent congresses in the state was turned down.
The court action by the Ayomanor led group followed the Supreme Court judgment on the Ondo State governorship election which raised questions on the legitimacy of the Mai Mala Buni led leadership of the APC.
The court action had sought to sack Mai Buni by that also the nullification of the ward and local government congresses conducted under his stewardship of the party
Following the judgment, supporters of the Omo-Agege led mainstream were basking in joy after the state congresses where their domination of the state party was fully ratified.
APC members were at the weekend basking in joy as they also praised the legal acumen of Omo-Agege, himself a lawyer and son of one of the state’s most erudite judges.
Reacting, Omo Agege said “the Congress was peaceful and it is another step towards reclaiming the state from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He said the party is ready to reposition the state and make sure Deltans begins to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Also, the new party chairman, Sobotie, said “Ovie Omo-Agege is an enigma, he has brain. Politics did not take him away from his first love, which is law. He is my Senior Advocate. Omo Agege tendency has been sweeping all positions in all wards in the state”
There has been no reaction from neither Ayomanor nor Keyamo but recalled that Ayomanor has vowed he would never join