- Prophet Jones Ode Erue is allowed to remain the APC chairman in Delta state
- The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, condemns what he describes as unwarranted media attacks on his person by some party members
- Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, says APC remains majority party in the Senate with 52 lawmakers
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has urged party members in Delta state to mobilise people in the state in order to defeat Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.
Oshiomhole made the statement on Tuesday, July 24, after he succeeded in brokering a peace deal between APC factions in Delta state, Vanguard reports.
As part of the peace deal which held in Abuja, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, was allowed to remain the state chairman, while other positions in the state executive would be harmonized to accommodate the interests of all parties.
Oshiomhole in a statement signed by his spokesperson, asked the party leaders to embrace the Prophet Erue led leadership in order to ensure lasting peace and reconciliation in the party in Delta state.
“I have said it before that I have interest in Delta state because Edo and Delta is one. And we must ensure that Delta joins Edo state in APC through democratic means. And I know that we all can do it if we can reconcile our differences and confront the real enemy, which is the PDP. And whatever we are doing, I believe we should think about the interest of Delta people who have been denied of good governance by the PDP administration over the years," he stated.
“Only one person can be governor at a time and before you knew it, eight years is over and another person takes over. So, we must not see it as a do or die affair. We must all work together make concessions and go back to work immediately because we have no time. We are going to confront an incumbent who is desperate to return but we will mobilize Delta people to stop Dr Ifeanyi Okowa."
He however condemned what he described as unwarranted media attacks on his person and the national working committee of the party by some party members in Delta state.
Meanwhile, following the mass defection of 15 senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, July 24, the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, has insisted that the ruling APC still has a majority in the Senate with 52 lawmakers.
Senator Lawan stated this after a two-hour meeting of the APC caucus on Tuesday, July 24. Though optimistic that some of the defecting senators will have a rethink and return to the APC, Lawan said the party still has a majority in the Senate.
The majority, he said, was earned by having 52 senators as against 50 of the PDP.
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