A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Cairo Ojougboh, has alleged that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege lost the 2023 gubernatorial election in the state because of his ties to 'Igbe' worship.
Speaking during an appearance on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Wednesday morning, Ojougboh also linked Omo-Agege's defeat to his US citizenship.
Sheriff Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner of the election after polling 360,234 votes to beat Omo-Agege, who got 240,229 votes.
Labour Party's Ken Pela came in third position with 48,047 votes.
While addressing Omo-Agege's election loss, Ojougboh wondered how the former would stand a chance in court after he disclosed his intention to contest the result of the poll.
The APC chieftain also said that Deltans weighed Omo-Agege's words when he said he would worship 'Igbe' at the government house and decided that they would not allow that.
“As people know me, I speak the truth and I don’t hide from the truth. If telling the party the truth is anti-party, then it’s unfortunate,” he said.
“But I know I haven’t committed any form of anti-party.
“Because it’s not today that myself and leaders of the Council of APC in Delta State have spoken and made our points known that Omo-Agege cannot win the election.
“I refer you to Section 183(1a) of the Constitution of Nigeria which talks about the citizenship of a governorship aspirant…it is very clear. He holds an American passport.
“He is a citizen of the United States of America, and he cannot win an election and told the party.
“Who’s going to listen to him in court?
“The documents of his citizenship are there. We sat with Senator Adamu Abdullahi and told him why Omo-Agege cannot win the election and why the party cannot be left for Omo-Agege.
“We told him number one, Deltans are very sceptical about voting for somebody who belongs to Igbe Society.
“I have where the Igbe Society met and declared that when Omo-Agege becomes Governor of Delta State, they will worship Igbe in the government house.
“That they will have a chapter of Igbe in the government house.
“We went further to tell him that he must carry everybody along for him to win the election in Delta State.
“Everything about Omo-Agege is commercial.
“They said they were going to worship Igbe in the government house when Omo-Agege becomes governor and Deltans looked at it and said they’d not allow that”, he stated.
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