Few hours after ruling All Progressives Congress gathered in Abuja to elect new National Working committee, a Chieftain of the Party in Delta State and a former Governorship candidate, Otega Emerhor was stopped by Security Operatives attached to the Presidential villa.
Emerhor and, and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta Central lead two different factions of APC in the state.
The rivalry in the state played up at Eagle Square, Abuja, while Buhari was delivering his speech on Saturday.
Trouble started when loyalists of Emerhor reportedly teamed up with supporters of Victor Ochei, a former speaker of the Delta state house of assembly, to attack those in the camp of Omo-Agege.
They dislodged the senator’s supporters from the pavilion allocated to delegates from Delta and some of Omo-Agege’s loyalists who initially put up resistance, sustained injuries in the process.
Security operatives at the pilot gate of Nigeria’s seat of power refused to allow Emerhor to join the delegation of the Urhobo stakeholders who paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari hosted the visitors at the council chamber of the villa but Emerhor who put the event together was not part of it.
A presidential source said he was denied access to the villa because of the clash between his supporters and those of Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central.