By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
South-South Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) have ganged up against the re-election of the national Chairman of the party, John Oyegun.
This decision was reached at Edo APC caucus meeting on Monday which endorsed the former Governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, as the chairmanship candidate of the party.
Already, the South-South Zonal Executive Committee meeting which lasted for hours has equally backed the former labour leader for the APC plum job.
National Vice Chairman of APC in South-South Zone, Ntufam Eta, said majority of South-South Zonal executive committee members present at the meeting agreed to deliver Oshiomhole ahead of APC national Convention.
“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 stood as the position of the zonal executive committee of the Party.
“We have done our part. It is 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”, he said.
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, Godwin Obaseki, had earlier welcomed the APC members from across the six states in the South-South Zone of the party who converged on the state Government House in Benin for the meeting and wished them happy deliberation.