South South zone political leaders, Minister of State Petroleum Timprey Silva, Minister of Niger Delta Senator Godswill Akapabio and South South of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Prince Hillard Eta, DeputySenate President, Ovie Omo Agege turn down invitation to the zonal consulting meeting summoned by Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor.
Meanwhile the South South leaders, who work in synergy with the suspended chairman said the governor lacked constitutional power to summoned such a zonal meeting
Although other party members knows that their absence at the meeting that was held on Thursday night at Edo House shows that it was due to opposition to Obaseki.
Conversely National Vice Chairman, South South had on Wednesday pronounced the Obaseki summoned meeting unauthorized and outside the armbit of the party’s constitution.
However Eta, in a telephone interview, pointed that Obaseki sent letters of invitation to leaders of the party in the zone, to attend a consultative meeting he planned for Thursday at Edo State Governor’s lodge in Abuja.
The APC leader said he gathered that the meeting was to discuss the issue of the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, whom he vowed to ensure he is removed as chairman.
“I saw the invitation the governor is sending out to people inviting them for a meeting. But I am calling on all our party leaders to shun the meeting because he has no right to convene such meeting. I am the South South Vice Chairman of the party and any APC leadership meeting is convened by me.
“I have also communicated to our political leader in the zone, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and he is not aware of any such meeting. So we are calling on all our leaders not to attend any such meeting because it is ill conceived and ill motivated,” he said.
Aside from the South South leaders, it was also gathered that some invitees from Cross Rivers State that came for the meeting turned back when it became glaring that the decision may be influenced by a Minister who had majority of the attendees.
However the meeting pushed Acting National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Victor Giadom to take over as acting national chairman of the party at the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting slated for Tuesday in Abuja.
Those in attendance at the meeting unanimously endorsed Giadom.
Justifying the choice of Giadom, Obaseki, in a communique after the meeting that lasted for hours, claimed he has provided the much needed leadership for the party since the on-going crisis of the party began.
The meeting also demanded that the party should respect the present zoning arrangement by retaining the chairmanship of the party in the South South zone, even in acting capacity.
At the Tuesday emergency NEC meeting,they all further come to a conclusion that the most senior party officer from the zone being the Acting National Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, should be instated as Acting National Chairman of the the party.
As Compiled By Akhigbe Sylvester
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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