The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared the decisions of the governors of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, not to support the APC governorship candidates of their respective states as anti-party.
You will recall that owing to the fall out of the crises that characterised the primaries that produced the APC governorship candidates in their states which made the anointed candidate of the governors lost out, the governors had openly stated that they will work for the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, but never for their states APC governorship candidate.
The leadership of the party has however, differ on such decision, tagging it as anti-party.
The decision formed part of the fallout of the consultative meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC), governorship candidates, state chairmen and state secretaries at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, who made the fallouts of the meeting available to AceGist, he said the meeting observed a minute silence in honour of the late Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Party, Dr. Mathew Achigbe who died recently in a ghastly auto crash.
On the issues of the crises that characterised the party’s primaries, Issa-Onilu said. “The meeting frowned at attempts by some Party leaders to polarise the Party in some states following post-primary disputes.
“It Resolved that Party leaders must campaign for ALL candidates of the Party (Presidential, governorship and legislative positions). A situation where leaders engage in selective support by picking and choosing candidates to campaign for and support was declared anti-party.”
Also during the meeting, the Enugu state chairman, Ben Nwoye, distanced the state chapter from the condemnable actions and utterances of a Senatorial aspirant in the state, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
The meeting also Called on governorship candidates to run an issue-based campaign based on the unprecedented achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration which is evident in all the states of the federation.
It further charged the Party’s governorship candidates to run an inclusive campaign by bringing onboard former aspirants. The Party’s governorship and other stakeholders were also encouraged to domesticate ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the NWC.
Finally, Issa-Onilu stated that the consultative meeting passed a vote of confidence on the NWC led by the National Chairman, H.E. Adams Oshiomhole. The NWC was urged to continue its effort to protect the Party’s best interest and pursue efforts to achieve peace & reconciliation in the Party.
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