We have resolved all issues about congresses, says APC
• Enugu chapter backs Adams Oshiomhole’s aspiration
• No unity list, Dabiri assures
Ahead of the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to hold on Saturday, its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, has advised members still nursing grudges over the last congresses to bury their grievances.Abdullahi, who spoke with The Guardian in a telephone conversation yesterday, said the National Working Committee (NWC) had resolved all issues concerning the last congresses in the states.
The party’s reaction is coming on the heels of the outcry by Mr. Foud Oki, who staged a parallel congress in Lagos on May 19, urging the NWC not to recognise any delegate from the state to the convention except the one led by him.Oki had threatened to go to court if the NWC or the convention committee acts otherwise.
According to him: “It would be mischievous for any member of the party to continue to hammer on the aftermath crises of the congresses since the NWC has resolved those issues, swore in the state chairmen and now planning towards the coming convention.”
“We have addressed all the needed issues and also swore in the state chairmen in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. There is no state left untouched.”He, however, said the party would hold a peaceful exercise.However, the Spokesman of the Lagos APC, Mr. Biodun Salami, has dismissed any insinuation of crises in the state chapter, saying: “Oki is only crying foul having lost out in the process.
“I know there are statutory delegates but as of now, I can’t say specifically how many delegates would go from Lagos. The party is still working on that.”In another development, the Enugu State Chapter of the APC has endorsed former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, for national chairmanship position.
The state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who announced the endorsement shortly after a meeting of Enugu State delegates for the national convention attended by 125 delegates, said they resolved to endorse Oshiomhole because of his leadership qualities as a governor and labour leader.Nwoye, who further hinted that the delegates re-affirmed their support for re-election of Chief Emma Eneukwu as well as others, stated that looking at the quality leadership displayed by Oshiomhole through his eight years as governor of Edo State as well as his approach to dispute resolution, they believed that he would lead the party to a greater height and sustain the achievements of his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Meanwhile, the Governor Abubakar Badaru-led planning committee of the convention has ruled out the possibility of preferred candidates referred to as a unity list. A member of the media sub-committee of the convention, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said such an idea was not on the agenda of the chieftains of the party, which includes the 24 governors of the party.She, however, hinted that there would be room for delegates to affirm the candidates of their choice instead of going through the stress of casting ballots during the voting exercise.
Erewa-Dabiri, who disclosed that 20 of the party’s seats would go unopposed during the convention, described as fake the list being bandied around among a section of the party’s supporters as unity list. She disclosed that 42 of the party’s seats would be vied for.
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