The All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State has joined four other state chairmen of the party from the South South geo-political zone in distancing itself from the purported endorsement of the former Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the party’s chairmanship candidate in the forthcoming APC National Convention.
In a statement released by the State Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Cyril Ogodo, the party described the adoption as desperate and despicable.
Recall that the states party chairmen of Rivers, Chief Davies Ikanya, Bayelsa, Deacon Joseph Fafi; Cross River, Mr. Etim John and Akwa Ibom, Dr. Amadu Attai as well as the APC Deputy National Secretary, Hon. Victor Giadom earlier disassociated themselves from the endorsement.
They had stormed out of the South South zonal caucus meeting held at the Edo state Government House on Monday in protest at what they said were plans by the Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the zonal Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Eta to adopt Oshiomhole as the South South zonal candidate for the Party’s National Chairman.
Speaking to journalists, the South South state chairmen said they were ambushed with Oshiomhole’s adoption agenda at the meeting; insisting that the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun should be given a right of first refusal to seek re-election for the position.
Also commenting about the development, the leader of APC in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor expressed shock that the National Vice Chairman South South can contrive such a dangerous and dishonorable situation.
He stated emphatically that the leaders and stakeholders of APC have at no time deliberated on adopting Oshiomhole as their candidate.
He stated further that “the incumbent National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun is a worthy son of our zone who has performed creditably and who deserves to be given the first right of refusal.”