- The APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has secured the support of some top members of the party in the battle to retain his chairmanship
- Not less than four out of the six south-south states have firmly stood behind Oyegun for the national chairmanship office of the ruling party
- However, Oyegun advised his supporters not to relax but fight for victory till the end
There were indications on Saturday, May 5 that the incumbent national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, might have crossed a major hurdle in the battle against Adams Oshiomhole to keep his position.
This was following the fact that at least four out of the six south-south states have firmly stood behind Oyegun for the national chairmanship office of the ruling party.
Leadership reported that apart from Edo and Delta states who are supporting Oshiomhole, members in the remaining state chapters of the party in the geo-political zone have separated themselves from the ex-governor who is backed by the the Bola Ahmed Tinubu camp and threw their weight behind the incumbent leader.
The party chairmen of state chapters in the zone who openly declared their support for Oyegun are as follows: Chief Davies Ikanya (Rivers), Deacon Joseph Fafi (Bayelsa), Etim John (Cross River) and AmaduAttai (Akwa Ibom).
Added to this, the deputy national secretary of the party, Hon.Victor Giadom, who is from the zone have indicated his interest to back the party chairmen.
However, Oyegun urged his supporters not to rest on their oars under the delusion of belonging to the ruling party, adding that the 2019 elections will be quite difficult.
Oyegun said: “I am passing the buck over to you today. At the end of this exercise, I want to see a reunited APC under whatever leadership your exercise brings up. “We have a tough election ahead of us and we must prime ourselves for that election.
"We must not cuddle ourselves with any false sense of being the party in power. Our population today is much more aware of their rights than they have ever been before. So, as you proceed, please ensure that all these views and opinions are brought together into a one United APC.
“The task that you have undertaken to perform is a heavy and tough one. The APC is known, in spite of induced controversies, for the cleanest primaries and congresses. Our last presidential primary was by all account one of the best ever held and I dare say anywhere.
“It was a convention that was watched worldwide and you are supposed to repeat the feat. I have no doubt that this one, given the controversies that have preceded it, will also be a most watched convention. So, you have the task of producing a convention that is free, fair and provide a level playing field for anybody who wants to aspire to any position.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Oyegun on Sunday, February 25, was passed a vote of confidence by 20 governors on the party’s platform.
The governors reportedly endorsed the party chairman, at a meeting. They also urged the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile any difference he has with Odigie-Oyegun.
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