AMIDST gang up against his leadership by the governors, embattled national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has since mobilised chairmen of the party on his geopolitical zone to ward off agitation for his removal.
TribuneOnline findings revealed that chairmen of the party in Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States met last night in Abuja where they passed a vote of confidence in his administration.
They also resolved to seek the support of their colleagues in the Forum of State chairmen, to neutralise the threat of removal of the former Edo State governor, being instigated by the governors who are already pushing for an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee, (NEC).
By virtue of the APC constitution, the 36 state chairmen are members of NEC. Those who signed the resolutions were Jones Ode Erue (Delta), Anslem Ojezua (Edo), Honourable Ini Okopido (Akwa Ibom), Hon Amos Jothan (Bayelsa) and Dr Matthew Achigbe (Cross River). Their Rivers state counterpart, however, stayed away.
Despite the criticisms trailing the outcome of the primaries, even in their home states, the APC chairmen in the south- south commended the APC national working committee led by Comrade Oshiomhole for conducting what they called transparent primaries and called on the aggrieved chieftains and aspirants to explore the party internal mechanisms for conflict resolutions.
They further accused the governors of instigating crises on the eve of the next general elections, which they claimed was aimed at frustrating the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari to win a fresh mandate.
The communique read in part: “We chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in the six states of the South-South, at the end of our emergency meeting held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, in Abuja issued the following communique:
“We passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“That the leadership of the APC under Comrade Oshiomhole has been working satisfactorily in repositioning the party.
“That we are satisfied with the conduct and outcome of the Presidential, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Primaries held at the National and State levels.
“The party under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole, our National chairman, is on course towards ensuring victory for our party in 2019.
“That all mechanisms set in place to address disagreements on the outcome of the exercise are in the right direction and well received by us.
“That we urge all aggrieved members of our great party to explore the internal mechanism provided by the party in finding an amicable solution. In any such exercise, such conflicts are bound to occur and we are satisfied that they are being addressed.
“We stand by the leadership of the party under Comrade Oshiomhole and we will resist alleged efforts of the fifth columnist to cause disaffection in the party. All those allegedly working for the removal of our national Chairman are not only doing so for selfish reason but working to cause a crisis in our party ahead of the election and we will resist all such moves.
“We are convinced that all their plans indirectly aimed at the second term victory of President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019.
We want to add that those calling for the resignation of our amiable National chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole are enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We appeal to all our governors, party leaders and members to unite as one and continue to support the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party and we are sure of victory come 2019 general elections.”
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