All is set for Friday’s National Convention for Nigeria’s opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC as Former Edo State Governor Chief John Odigie-Oyegun appears set to emerge the national chairman the party.
Sources say APC governors and key leaders reached a consensus on Odigie-Oyegun last night, it was gathered instead of going for Tom Ikimi said to be a favorite of the Atiku Abubakar’s camp.
But a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, is still pushing ahead with his ambition to become chairman. Also likely to emerge are Chief Segun Oni as Deputy Chairman (South) and Alhaji Kashim Imam (Nation Secretary).
The leaders were said to have prevailed on ex-Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva and a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, to step down for Odigie-Oyegun.
Here’s what one of the sources as quoted by The Nation said, “After a series of meetings of our governors and leaders for about six hours, a consensus has been built around Odigie-Oyegun who has been a consistent progressive.
“Even from Edo State, Odigie-Oyegunis favoured ahead of Ikimi. His pedigree and sense of fairness over the years made the governors to settle for the ex-governor.
“As I am talking to you, most governors and leaders have bought into the Odigie-Oyegun project. Both Sylva and Jaja have been advised to concede to Odigie-Oyegun in order to move the party forward.They have agreed to step down.”
“And since we have reached a consensus on the National Chairman, the rest offices are local affairs because they will be based on the zoning formula agreed upon by all our leaders.”
“All the geopolitical zones are meeting to replicate the consensus formula to hold a rancour-free convention.”