- The APC national chairman John Odigie-Oyegun is being considered for an ambassadorial job
- Former governor Adams Oshiomhole is being considered to take over his position
- Oyegun's tenure is due to end in 2018 but some APC bigwigs want him to complete his tenure
The former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole may be the next national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Nation reports that the current chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is being considered for an ambassadorial position by the presidency.
Odigie-Oyegun’s tenure as chairman expires in 2018 but some top people in the presidency are pushing for a “choice ambassadorial appointment for him”. This is to appreciate the role he played in the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections.
A source said: “From the look of things, Oyegun may get an ambassadorial posting which will make him to technically vacate office. They said Oyegun deserves a befitting appointment for leading an opposition party to defeat a ruling party.
“Some forces in the Presidency are looking forward to Oshiomhole as a respectable figure who can fit into the big shoes of Oyegun."
However, some APC leaders want him to complete his tenure in office instead of being “compensated.’
The source said his supporters are against the nomination which they see as a plot to remove the APC national chairman. His supporters see ambassadorial appointment for a politician as a “sort of exile”.
If he accepts the ambassadorial posting, Oshiomhole will take over from him.
Some APC governors want Oshiomhole to take over the position because of his antecedent as a labour leader.
Oshiomhole met President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday, January 3.
This was his first visit to the president since he handed over to Godwin Obaseki in November. His visit fuelled speculations that he was being considered for a ministerial appointment.
However, Oshiomhole said he was just paying a courtesy visit to the president.
Recall that during Buhari’s two-day working visit to Benin City on November 7, he said if Oshiomole was allowed to leave politics shortly after his tenure as a state governor, it would result to wasting his energy.
He said: “It will be a pity to waste his energy by him retiring. I hope there will be a higher assignment for him to do more for the nation.”
Watch Oyegun commend Oshiomhole below.