- Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed why the party lost River state in the last general elections
- Oshiomhole said that one of the reasons was internal crisis in the party's state chapter caused by some chieftains
- The APC national chairman also mentioned the unyielding stance of some affiliated interest groups of the party as another reason
Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, September 10, said that the party lost Rivers state in the last general elections due to internal crisis and and the obstinate stance of some affiliated interest groups.
Oshiomhole said that the activities of such groups and grievances of some top members of the party in the state led to its defeat, The Nation reports.
The APC national chairman, however, said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has decided that this is indeed the time to restart the process of rebuilding in the state
Oshiomhole said: “As we are all aware, for almost a year, the Supreme Court resolved the issue of the leadership of the APC in Rivers State and nullified the ward, local government and state congresses."
He said that the verdict of the Supreme Court left the party with a complete void in the state in the sense that it does not have formal party structures.
He however, said: "The NWC decided to approve a caretaker committee that will be on ground to assist those who are coming to ensure that we have a hitch-free conduct of all the congresses.
“We will also look at the possibility of sending some high-level mediation to ensure that all the forces within the party in the state see the need to work together so that by the time we conduct the congresses, it will be seen as a peaceful, transparent family affair, in line with the tradition of the APC."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers had appealed to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the APC to join hands with him in moving the state forward.
The governor made the appeal in a state broadcast on Thursday, April 11, to mark the landmark Supreme Court judgement striking out an appeal by Rivers APC.
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