South-South APC Leaders Endorse Giadom As Oshiomhole’s Replacement
Ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for 17th March, 2020, some leaders of the party from the South South region of the country have endorsed the Acting National Secretary of the party, Victor Giadom as the replacement for embattled National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The endorsement, according to Punch was made on Thursday night at a zonal caucus meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was said to have been attended by Ministers from the zone namely; Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Osagie Ehanire (Health), Festus Keyamo (State, Labour) and Goddy Jeddy Agba (State, Power), while Oshiomhole and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege and the APC National Vice-Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Eta, were absent.
Others that attended the meeting were former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba; former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Nguru Usani; and ex-NIMASA boss, Dakuku Peterside, amongst others.
A communique released at the end of the meeting noted that the leaders recognised the NEC as the only organ to resolve the APC crisis.
The communique was read by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on behalf of the leaders.
The communique noted in part, “At the meeting, the leaders of the zone deliberated extensively on situation in the party and at the end of the meeting, they adopted the following resolutions:
“That as a party, we commend our brother, the Acting Chairman of the APC, Victor Giadom, for rising to the occasion by providing leadership for the party in this trying time.
“That we fully support the convening of the National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 17th, as the NEC is the only recognised organ under the constitution of our party to resolve the APC crisis.
“That we insist that the party should respect the current zoning arrangement by retaining the chairmanship of our great party in the South-South zone even in an acting capacity.
“We resolved that the most senior officer of the party from the zone, being the National Acting Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, should be confirmed Acting National Chairman for the time being.
“We urged all our brothers and sisters from the zone to fully embrace the NEC meeting and not boycott the emergency NEC meeting, which has been slated for Tuesday, March 17th. Because boycott in a democratic environment is always counterproductive.”