APC CONVENTION: South-South Caucus Endorses Oshiomhole As Nat'l Chair
The South-South caucus of the APC has endorsed the immediate past Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, for the position of National Chairman of the party.
The decision was reached on Monday at a meeting of the caucus held in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The meeting was attended by the zonal leaders of the party, led by the Vice Chairman (South-South), Ntufam Eta.
Others present at the meeting include: Oshiomhole, Timipreye Silva, Senator Magnus Abbe, Alims Agoda, Hon. Eseme Eyibo, former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Sam Enwang, Miriam Alli, Senator Francis Alimekhena, Frank Ajobena, Great Ogboru, Victor Ochei, Cairo Ojougboh, Senator Domingo Obende, Speaker Kabiru Adjoto, Frank Kokori and members of the APC caucus from the South South in the National Assembly.
The incumbent national chairman of the party, John Oyegun and the former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, boycotted the gathering.
There was tension at the venue of the meeting when some supporters of Amaechi said they were not at the meeting for the adoption of any candidate, but were shouted down by majority of the leaders from the zone.
One of the delegates however nominated Oyegun, but Oshiomhole’s nomination had the support of the majority.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, Eta, expressed satisfaction with the outcome noting that the voice of the majority prevailed.
According to him: “You are all aware of the happenings in the party and luckily, one of the decisions taken by NEC was that the positions of the party should be retained in the various jurisdictions that are occupying those positions as at now. And you are aware that the South-South is occupying the number one position of the party in Nigeria.
“It is important that we proceed from the premise of that meeting and begin to discuss and interact on the best ways that we can use those resolutions reached at NEC to impact positively on the South-South zone of the party, given that the zone is unarguably the fastest growing zone of the party. We also took into consideration the need to put our best forward.
“It was on the basis of these reasons that we decided to meet today as the South South zone of the party. And in considering the retention of positions as regards the status quo, Edo state chapter of the party, led by its chairman, availed us with the information that the party in Edo has come to the conclusion that a candidate in the person of Adams Oshiomhole be presented to carry on the flag of the party.
“That decision was unanimous, which means every member of the state caucus accepted that this must be the position of Edo state.
“Having considered the position of Edo state, it was put to vote and majority of the members of the zonal executive committee decided that Edo state position must be affirmed by the zonal executive committee. We had some dissenting views which is normal in democracy. Majority will always have its way and minority its say.
“In the course of the deliberation, somebody had also presented the candidature of Oyegun, but through voice vote of the zonal executive committee, that vote was defeated. The position of Oshiomhole prevailed and that stands as the position of the zonal executive ommittee of the party.
“Oyegun was invited for the meeting but maybe he took excuse, which is normal. This is not the first time we are doing it in the zone. In 2014, a few days to the national convention, we also had a meeting of the zone where the position of Edo was canvassed, they came to that meeting to tell us that they wanted Oyegun against Tom Ikimi and we followed them.
“That time, some people kicked against Oyegun, but the majority prevailed and today, the majority have said that Oshiomhole is our choice for the national chairmanship position,” he stated.WATCH: Buhari has the right to contest again... Nigerians speak