- committed to internal party democracy
- President Buhari implores aggrieved members to keep faith with the party
The former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has taken over as the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC. The party new leadership was sworn in Sunday, with words of assurances from leaders that this is a new era which will bring strength and progress to the party. Adam Oshiomhole takes over from former Governor John Odigie Oyegun as the new national chairman of the party.
After taken his oath of office, the new national chairman Oshiomhole said “that regardless of the legacy parties, we have come voluntarily to dissolve those parties and form the All Progressives Congress, APC. As things stand now, we have no any other party other than APC, we must all remain in it, and rebuild it, reform it straighten it, so that it can provide comfort to all of its members and all of its leaders, regardless of how and the way they came in to join in our shared commitment to provide leadership for our great nation”.
Recall, that Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District has said that the APC is a party standing on the foundation of injustice. The APC Senator said himself and other like minds persons against injustice are set to leave the party. He said efforts to broker peace has been in vain.
But Oshiomhole said that “I am aware that there are challenges here and there but I believe that the team that has just been elected will have what it takes to address those challenges. The instruments needed do not require rocket science but basic commitment to the provisions of our constitution, commitment to democracy, internal democracy, mutual respect for each and every one of us, purging ourselves of any arrogance, and a commitment to honestly listen, discuss, persuade and find common grounds so that in the end, we can have a win-win solution in any of the states in which we have challenges and even on issues affecting various arms of government elected on the platform of our party”.
The party new national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and some new executive members emerged at the polls while some members of the Governor John Odigie Oyegun-led committee were re-elected in a hotly contested election which held at the Eagle Square on Saturday June 22, 2018 in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari while addressing the 68,000 delegates from the 36 states and the FCT, expressed optimism that the APC would emerge stronger after this national convention despite some lingering issues with the earlier congresses held in some states. President Buhari appealed with aggrieved members of the party to keep faith with the party, noting that the crises in some chapters of the party was a price the party is paying for its electoral victory in 2015.
The president said that “I want to assure everyone here present that despite unresolved issues in the congresses of some states, our great party will emerge stronger after this convention. The unresolved cases we have, is a price we have to pay for success because everyone wants to be associated with a winning team. I am imploring all those with grievances to keep faith with the party until we put things right. The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones and election were held where elections were inevitable”.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was affirmed as the new national chairman of the APC after he emerged as the sole candidate for the position. The former Edo State governor was one of about 14 other candidates who were affirmed unopposed by delegates at the national convention of the party in Abuja under the chairman of the national convention committee, Governor Abubakar Baduru Mohammed of Jigawa State. President Muhammadu Buhari was the first to vote for candidates vying for the other elective positions where consensus could not be reached.
It was reported that there were some frictions among some delegates at the national convention. Trouble first started amongst delegates from Imo State before spreading to the Delta State delegates. While the clash between delegates from Imo State was brought under control by security operatives, the crisis amongst the Delta State delegates was more intense. The party however, insists that it would get over its tough times.#