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APC Chair: Oshiomhole surviving last-minute intrigues

APC Chair: Oshiomhole surviving last-minute intrigues

ABUJA—Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was yesterday strengthening his frontline position to become the next chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, despite last minute intrigues within and outside the party to scupper his aspiration. Oyegun-Oshiomhole-Buhari With all the national officers but three, almost set to return to office, the focus has been directed towards the office of national chairman where Oshiomhole’s bid has remained unassailable. The three national officers, who have met a roadblock in their re-election bid, are the National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire; the National Woman Leader, Hajiya Ramatu Aliyu, and the National Treasurer, Alhaji Mohammed Bala Gwagwarwa. All three are being seriously opposed by their state governors. The National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, despite the opposition from his governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, is set for a smooth return to office, having joined other like-minded party chieftains to take the party structure from the governor. The seeming failure of the plot involving the use of two former governors (Senator Osehrienmen Osunbor and Mr. Clement Ebri) to check Oshiomhole, Vanguard gathered yesterday, may have instigated the latest plot to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as the last hurdle against him. In the latest bid, an Edo State-based cleric, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of mandamus to compel the EFCC to investigate and commence criminal proceedings against the former governor. Oshiomhole’s bid, party sources in Abuja told Vanguard yesterday, had become almost unassailable with his two major rivals, Senator Osunbor, also a former governor of Edo State, and former Governor Clement Ebri of Cross Rivers State, yet to get traction in the race for the top position in the party. However, party insiders say that despite profusions of loyalty to Oshiomhole, deep-seated political interests are still uncomfortable with him, especially based on the fact of those sponsoring him. “There are two main blocs behind him, the Presidency and the governors, but you cannot guarantee that everybody is queuing loyally,” a senior party operative disclosed yesterday. At least, two state governors, Vanguard learned yesterday, notably Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, who belong to the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP bloc, in the party are alleged not to have got into the Oshiomhole tide. The position of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Oshiomhole remained inscrutable yesterday. Amaechi, according to party insiders, had initially been firmly against Oshiomhole, not only because of his inclination to the outgoing chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, but also because of local South-South politics. “It is the matter of regional supremacy, over who will now call the shots,” one party source said. Until now, Amaechi had been the leader of the South-South caucus of the party and the emergence of Oshiomhole as national chairman, it is feared, could be a hindrance to that. A party source, however, dismissed the aspiration of the two challengers against Oshiomhole, saying “there is no one in the wings that can stop the momentum.”

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