As expected, former Governor of Edo, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was formally announced as the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), having run unopposed.
He emerged after an affirmative vote by the party’s delegates from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory at the party’s National Convention which began on Saturday in Abuja.
Oshiomole became the sole chairmanship candidate before the convention after his opponents, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor and Chief Clement Ebri, both former governors of Edo and Cross River, respectively, withdrew from the race.
His election, along with those of 18 persons for other positions, without opposition, was announced by Chairman of the Convention Organising Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, who is also the governor of Jigawa.
The former labour leader will succeed compatriot and also a former governor of Edo, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, whose tenure as national chairman of the party, ends on Monday.
Those returned opposed, including dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) members, are Mai Mala Buni (National Secretary), Mr Niyi Adebayo (Deputy National Chairman, South) and Manasara Sani (National Vice Chairman, North-West).
Others include Mr Bankole Oluwajana (National Vice Chairman, South-West), Mr Babatunde Ogala (National Legal Adviser), Ibrahim Masari (National Welfare Officer) and Mr Jock Alamba (Deputy National Welfare Officer).
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party at its meeting in February, attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, passed a resolution extending the tenure of the NWC by one year, beginning from June.
But, Buhari, at another NEC meeting shortly after, insisted that the party should organise a National Convention at the expiration of the NWC’s tenure.
He said that he changed his position on the tenure elongation of the NWC because he had been informed that it negated the party’s Constitution.
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