The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders in Oginibo, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State have called for the expulsion of former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi for working against the candidates of the party during the just concluded general elections.
The call was made in a petition signed yesterday by Olorogun Andrew Desi; Mr. Viv Pela; Deacon Ken Pela; Mr Ochuko Mejire; Barr. Omoefe Pela; and Hon. Freeborn Onokata.
The petition was addressed to the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso and copied Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; former Governor James Ibori; former Deputy Governor Prof. Amos Utuama; Chairman Disciplinary Committee of the PDP, Delta State; Chairman PDP Delta Central; Chairman PDP Ughelli South and Chairman PDP Jeremi Ward II.
According to the petition, the leaders said they observed that Gbagi worked for candidates of opposition political parties.
The petition which was made available to journalists also listed past and present political office holders in the area who aided Gbagi in the anti-party activities.
Such other personalities mentioned to have been involved in the anti-party activities include, Chief Emuoboh Gbagi, Current Special Adviser to the Governor on DESOPADEC who was seen disbursing funds and canvassing for votes for YES party in Units 15 and 16 of Oginibo; Barr. Tareri Avwomakpa, Current Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters who was seen disbursing funds and canvassing for votes for YES party in Unit 23 of Oginibo, Hon. Lucky Oniyan current Councillor representing DSIEC Jeremi Ward 16 who coordinated the disbursement of funds and canvassing for votes for YES party in Imode.
Others include Hon. Gbenga Avwomakpa a former Councillor; Hon. John Adjeke a former two-term Supervisory Councillor and Christian Ushevwitode, current PDP Youth Leader for Jeremi Ward II who were also seen disbursing funds and canvassing for votes for YES party in their various polling units in Oginibo.
The petitioners alleged that Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi connived with others to collect funds meant for logistics for the said Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Jeremi Ward II to fund an opposition candidate of YES party to the detriment of PDP candidates who had to go the extra miles to mobilise his teeming supporters to prosecute the said election.
According to the petitioners, “based on the foregoing, we believe we have established a prima facie case against Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi and the other 6 listed persons on the following counts of disobeying the lawful directives of the party by working for the YES party House of Assembly candidate instead of the PDP House of Assembly Candidate and engaging in anti-party activities.”
The petitioners also stated that a prima facie case has been established against Gbagi and his son Olorogun Emuoboh Gbagi on the following counts of disobeying the lawful directives of the former Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama to involve other leaders of the community/ward in the deployment of logistics by using such to work against the interest of the PDP.
The petitioners emphasised that an analysis of votes in the March 9 Election results in Agbaghara, Imode and Oginibo which makes up Jeremi Ward II, shows that because of the anti-party activities of Gbagi and six others listed earlier, the YES party got a whooping 1,049 votes from the three communities representing 83 percent of total votes of 1,258 gotten by the YES party in the entire LGA.
The petitioners stressed that “In view of the foregoing, we hereby recommend that Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi and the 6 others earlier identified be expelled from the party in line with the provisions of Section 58 (1) (c) (d) (f) and Section 59 (1) (g) of the constitution of the party.”