Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the presidency has mandated the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to do his utmost in resolving the crisis that has pervaded the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state.
The Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the federal government has ordered the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu to mediate and resolve the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party ahead of the 2019 election.
Chief Cyril Ogodo, the state chairman, and the leader of the party, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor revealed this during the state executive committee meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Asaba, the state capital on Saturday, July 14, Punch reports.
Ogodo, speaking at the meeting stressed that SEC would give the minister and Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) their support towards easy resolution of the crisis ravaging the APC.
However, Ogodo stated that crisis in the party would not affect its chances in the forthcoming polls, since the party is capable of dethroning the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration from the state.
He commended APC chieftains in the state for standing firm in the face of the many challenges, saying that in no distant time the party will unite and fight together to unseat the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led government.
The state chairman said: “Although there exists a faction that conducted parallel congresses in the state and claims legitimacy through a contentious court consent judgement, as the duly elected Exco and sworn-in by the then Chief John Oyegun-led NWC is not party to nor consented to such judgement. We are not and cannot be bound by it.
“This exco is poised to work to reconcile and unite all aggrieved party members. Delta State must be rescued in 2019, this is not negotiable. We are fully behind President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to give our party total victory in 2019 at all levels.”
Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, the state leader of the party, in his remark, while briefing SEC members on the state of affairs of the party in the state, congratulated Ogodo and his executives for their successes at the congresses and for their successful swearing-in.
He added that the new national chairman was misled which enabled the Ogboru/Agege group to obtain an alleged fraudulent consent judgement.
Emerhor said: “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a man of truth and integrity and having now found out the truth about the fraudulent consent judgement, he will never support it. Oshiomhole with the Presidency have mandated Dr Ibe Kachikwu to bring all groups together to achieve unity and peace in the party.”
Emerhor told SEC that he will work with Kachikwu in his move to unite all parties and achieve peace in order to defeat PDP in 2019.
The highpoint of the meeting was the setting up of various Ad-hoc committees which included, political contacts, reconciliation outreach, strategy, legal and media committees amongst others to assist the SWC to resolve current challenges and to move the party towards progress.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that chairman, Senate committee on agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on Thursday, June 28, described President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as good brands for the APC.
Abdullahi, the senator representing Nasarawa west senatorial district in the National Assembly, stated this in a goodwill message to the due after the successful national convention of the ruling party.
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