The Cable is reporting that militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has taken over the structure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state. Tompolo is allegedly imposing his candidate who is set to be named the running mate of Ifeanyi Okowa, the party’s governorship candidate.
A high-ranking member of the party who did not want to be named, told the new site:
“He [Tompolo] determines who ends up becoming what in the state chapter of the party. Everyone is afraid of him. He is fully in control and dictates what happens here in Delta.
He is fond of intimidating those who are not in his good books. Recently, the names of some people who won the primary election for the state and national assembly were replaced on his orders. He uses his influence in Abuja to fight those who are not in his camp. There is so much confusion in Delta right now.
Some people who won the party’s ticket would not return. I can confirm to you that the current deputy speaker of the Delta state house of assembly, in the person of Basil Ganagana would not return to the house even though he won the primaries.”
According to sources, the influence of Tompolo, who recently acquired seven warships from Norway, has grown to the extent that not even Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of the state, can challenge his might. The source continued:
“As I speak to you now, everything has been put in place to name Tompolo’s candidate as the running mate of Okowa. This is no secret; it is a well-known fact but everybody is afraid to talk.
Do you think it is ordinary that Uduaghan lost in two ways? He dropped his senatorial bid for James Manager and still could not get his candidate to replace him.
We all know the reason but who would talk? “The governor is Itsekiri and Tompolo is from Gbaramatu kingdom, the Ijaws, so that factor alone is causing problems between them.”
The man Tompolo is eyeing to ‘appoint’ as deputy governor is none other than Kingsley Otuaro, a commissioner at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) who is very loyal to the ex-militant. Tompolo’s younger brother, George Ekpemupolo, is the current chairman of Warri south-west local government.
Tompolo, a former commander of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) once declared “the most wanted man in Nigeria” in 2009 during the administration of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, is rumoured to be a staunch ally of President Goodluck Jonathan.