We did not endorse Oshiomhole – South South APC
The reported crisis in the APC has taken a new twist as the APC Chairmen of four our of the six states of the South South have published a debunking of the Oshiomhole’s faction claim that the South South has endorsed Adams Oshiomhole for the position of National Chairman of the APC.
The states that have debunked the claim by Oshiomhole group are Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom states. Paragraphs 3 and 4 of their jointly signed Press Release reads;
“3. That the four (4) APC State Chairmen of Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa States and our members of the zonal executive committee dissociate ourselves from the attempt to deny a level playing field for all aspirants and particularly attempts to shut out Chief John Odigie-Oyegun from the contest beforehand. We believe that everybody in the zone should be given equal opportunity and a level playing field to express and pursue their aspirations as they may deem fit.
4. We condemn in totality the attempts by the South-South Zonal Vice Chairman, Hilliard Eta and Governor Godwin Obaseki to impose Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the adopted candidate of the South-South zone for the position of national chairman at the forthcoming national convention of our great party. We re-affirm our commitment to resolutely canvass that justice, fairness and equity be upheld all through the process that will lead to, and including, the national convention.”
But in an exclusive interview conducted by Urhokpota Reporters with Edo State APC Chairman, Barr Anselm Ojezua, where he was asked whether his party was rejecting one of their own, Chief Odigie Oyegun, in preference of another of their own, Adams Oshiomhole, Ojezua reiterated that the Edo State causus of the APC and the South South caucus has endorsed Adams Oshiomhole.
“We have endorsed Adams Oshiomole as the candidate we are presenting from Edo State and the South South zone to fill the position that will be vacant when Chief Oyegun’s tenure expires in June.” Ojezua said.
But with the debunking by majority of the APC Chairmen in the South South of the myth of South South endorsement of Oshiomhole and internal Edo APC bickering against Edo State APC endorsements of Oshiomhole, the last is yet to be heard in the unfolding iconoclastic conflict that is fast polarising the APC.