Hours after the Edo State caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as chairmanship candidate for the position of the National Chairman of the party, the South-South Zonal Executive Committee has equally thrown their weight behind Oshiomhole for the position.
National Vice Chairman, APC South-South Zone, Ntufam Eta, disclosed this to journalists in Benin after a meeting of executive members of the party in the zone, held in Benin City.
Eta said the majority of South-South Zonal executive committee members present at the meeting decided on the Edo position, which is the adoption of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to carry the flag of the Party.
“The Edo State chapter, led by its Chairman, informed us that the decision was unanimously accepted by the Edo APC Caucus. During the deliberation, the delegation from Rivers State kicked against Oshiomhole’s candidacy but the voice vote of the zonal executive committee, defeated their position while that of Adams Oshiomhole prevailed and stands as the position of the zonal executive committee of the Party.
“We have done our part. It’s now left for the membership of the National convention to do theirs and we pray that they follow our lead. This is our honest prayer.”
Speaking on the absence of the National Chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, at the meeting, Eta said: “we were told that the National Chairman was duly invited for the meeting like every other person.”
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, welcomed the APC members from across the six states in the South-South Zone of the party to the meeting and wished them happy deliberation.
Earlier in the day, the Edo State caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Oshiomhole to contest as national chairman of the party in the forthcoming national convention.
Chairman, Edo APC, Anselm Ojezua, disclosed the position of the state’s caucus after a meeting of party chieftains at the Government House, in Benin City, at the weekend.
Ojezua said, “The state chapter of the party has unanimously resolved to support former governor Oshiomhole to vie for the position of National Chairman at the National Convention billed to hold on May 14, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.”
He said the party caucus has resolved to proceed with the congress at the wards, local government and state levels.
Addressing journalists, Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the right man to take over the leadership of the party at the national level, when the tenure of the present chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, ends in June.
Member representing Etsako Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Johnson Oghuma, said the state caucus of the party agreed that all votes from Edo State should be in support of Comrade Oshiomhole, noting, “The position of the state caucus is not negotiable. Oshiomhole has the experience to take the party to the next level, especially as the 2019 presidential election draws close.”
Member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, said Oshiomhole has the charisma to comfortably lead the party at the national level, noting, “The state caucus has collectively done the needful by requesting Comrade Oshiomhole to assist in re-organising and preparing the party for the 2019 presidential election.”