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APC Convention: 2 Ex;Govs, Former Senate President, Others Join Battles To Replace Oyegun

APC Convention: 2 Ex;Govs, Former Senate President, Others Join Battles To Replace Oyegun

Oyegun Oshiomhole

NOT less than four prominent chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress have joined the race to replace the embattled National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, News Proof understands

A former Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomohle; a former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani; and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonna Onu and a former Governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri are among those mentioned according to Punch Newspaper to be angling to replace the current chairman, Oyegun

One of the aspirants, Clemen Ebri has already commenced campaign and mobilization of party leaders

It was gathered that the former governor, who was elected at the age of 39, had been contacting leaders of the party.

WhatsApp messages had been sent to leaders of the party on Ebri’s desire to lead the party.

In one of the messages seen by our correspondent, it was stated that every political actor in Cross River State had been influenced by the Ebri legacy.

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The message read in part, “As the governor, Donald Duke was his finance commissioner while Liyel Imoke, the then Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was sponsored to the Senate.

“His personal assistant, drafted from a rural community secondary school on Grade Level 8, was Usani Usanii, the present Minister of Niger Delta.”

It was gathered that the governors of the party had yet to take a definite position on who they would support for the position.

Sources close to the governors said they were more concerned presently on who would preside over the party’s national convention and those who would be in the committee.

The source said, “The issue of chairmanship, though very important, would be decided after we put in place the members of the national convention committee. The governors want one of their own to lead it. President Muhammadu Buhari may oblige them.

“Many interests would also be considered in choosing the national chairman. But the battle of who occupies the office starts with the membership of the national convention planning committee. That is what we are after now.”

It was gathered that the National Working Committee would determine the agenda for the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, which has been scheduled for Monday, after receiving the report of the Governor Simon Lanlong-led technical committee on Friday.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, told one of our correspondents that the NEC meeting scheduled for Monday would hold despite rumours making the rounds that it might be shifted.

He also said the Lalong committee would submit its report to the party on Friday (today).

“The NEC meeting will hold on Monday. Lalong committee will submit report tomorrow (today),” he said.

The Chairman of the APC in Bayelsa State, Mr. Joseph Fafi, on Thursday confirmed receipt of an invitation to the NEC meeting of the party scheduled for April 9, in Abuja.

Fafi said the state chapter got “the usual text message” of the event, stressing that he was already on his way to Abuja for the meeting.

“Yes, we received the invitation to the NEC meeting for next week Monday (April 9, 2018). It was received through the usual text message. As I speak, I have left Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, for the meeting,” the state chairman said.

In Cross River State, the acting APC chairman, Mr. John Ochala, said the letter of invitation had yet to be sent to him.

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Ochala disclosed that the party’s national Vice-Chairman, South-South, Chief Hilliard Eta, observed at the national secretariat that the letter was erroneously sent to someone else, but had insisted that the letter be sent to him.

“I have not received the letter of invitation for the NEC meeting. I learnt that they erroneously sent it to one Mr. Etim John, but the national Vice-Chairman, South-South, Chief Hilliard Eta, had asked them to reroute it.

“They have also set up a three-man committee to look into the position of the state executive.”

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