The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State chapter, has beamed its searchlight on the political activities of one of its national leaders, Chief Cairo Ojougboh, preparatory to what an insider said may lead to his suspension.
Ojougboh, former National Vice Chairman of PDP, South South, was recently appointed by Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, factional chairman of the party, as his Deputy Chairman.
Ojugboh lost his position as the National Vice Chairman, South South, to Chief Emma Ogidi from Delta South at the Port Harcourt National Convention of the party that also produced Senator Ahmed Markafi led Caretaker Committee.
The position which Ojougboh is holding is against the stance of the Delta State PDP, which is loyal to Senator Markafi’s Caretaker Committee.
At a meeting in Asaba on Saturday, some of the party leaders, according to a source, called for his suspension at the ward level while others pleaded for time to consult the constitution and weigh the legal implication(s) of the move in the interest of the party in the state.
Ojougboh had recently called for the arrest of Markafi in response to Dayo Adeyeye, spokesperson of the Caretaker Committee, that instead of arresting Modu-Sheriff, Adeyeye should be arrested over the issue of conducting a separate Edo State governorship primaries and issuing a certificate of return to Matthew Iduoriyekemwen. The position has not gone down well with the party leaders in Delta State and has provoked them to a caucus meeting in Asaba where the matter was tabled.
Makarfi had before then called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of Modu-Sheriff.
This was contained in a statement released by Adeyeye, who accused Modu-Sheriff of disobeying a court ruling that recognises Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the authentic and only candidate of the PDP in the September 10, 2016 election in the Edo State.
At the meeting, some leaders were said to have suggested the need to tread softly as some PDP leaders still have grouse with the outcome of the last Edo State primaries of the party. Instead, they pleaded for time to really understudy the situation.
However, another leader at the meeting was said to have disagreed with the earlier positions, warning that Ojougboh has to be caged now knowing his ability to fight dirty. The leader reminded the meeting that he had not been comfortable since he was removed as the vice chairman of South South without being given another appointment.
Only recently, the state Publicity Secretary, PDP, Mr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, described some high profile politicians in the state as spent forces who lacked the capacity to win election, even in their own wards, let alone local government area and state levels, stressing that the PDP still has the political wherewithal to defeat them again and again in future elections.
He said the implication of their purported defection is that they have not only found themselves in the political wilderness but have ended up committing political suicide.
Osuoza, who noted that politicians were at liberty to seek political platforms to actualise their political ambitions, however, added that many politicians who have defected to other platforms outside the PDP should expect disaster if they do not look properly before they leap.
Osuoza charged the PDP family to remain resolute and focused in promoting the laudable ideals of the party, especially at the grassroots while advising them to explore new vistas of making the party more attractive to encourage new members, assuring that every newly registered member would be accorded the deserved importance and recognition, as they were all equal stakeholders in the party.
He noted that the PDP was solid in Delta State and was well poised to continue to win elections in all nooks and crannies of the state, insisting that the acceptability of the PDP has been further enhanced by the excellent performance of the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who he described as a miracle working governor, in the past one year.