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NIGERIA: APC in early sign of weakness in Delta

THERE are strong indications from its recent membership registration that the All Progressive Congress, APC, is heading towards failure in Delta State.
Records obtained from APC operatives across Delta state show that the party registered a paltry total of 139,982 members.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the breakdown of the registration figures per senatorial district revealed that Delta North has 38,476 members, Delta Central, 42,646 and Delta South, 53,860, which is abysmally poor and puts the party in a very weak position given that the 2006 census put the population of the state at 4,056,410 while the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) 2011 registration of voters put the voting strength of the State above one million votes.
Going by these figures, APC captured just about 10 percent of the voting population and less than 4 percent of the population of the state.
The weakness and failure of the party becomes even clearer with the membership strength of the PDP and the emerging DPP-Labour Party alliance estimated at about 600,000 and 550,000 respectively.
Internal wrangling in the party made some of its members believe that the interim leadership of the party failed to market it very well to the grassroots. Others believe the failure of the interim national leadership to convince Chief Great Ogboru who is undoubtedly Delta’s most prominent and respected opposition leader is its greatest undoing in the state. Ogboru’s huge grassroots political machinery believes the APC is supported by Chief James Ibori whom they have irreconcilable political and moral differences with.

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