- The coast becomes clearer on Monday, June 22, that the crisis rocking the APC may soon be resolved
- Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerged the winner of the party's primary election in Edo state
- The PGF in a statement said it would give its full support to the Ajimobi-led NWC of the party
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The candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu may have got a major boost on Monday, June 22, after the governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared support for Abiola Ajimobi-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Legit.ng gathered that the suspended deputy national secretary of the party, Victor Giadom, had declared the primary held in Edo state as illegal, claiming that he is authentic. acting national chairman of the party.
The Nation, however, reports that the director-general of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh’d Lukman, said Ajimobi-led NWC would enjoy the fraternal support of APC governors anytime.
The governors' position was contained in a statement issued by Lukman in Abuja, on Monday, June 22.
“For the avoidance of doubt, HE Sen. Ajimobi is a respected founding member of the Forum. Any day and anytime, H.E Sen. Ajimobi will enjoy the fraternal support of all Progressive Governors,” he stressed.
The PGF boss maintained that members of the forum have been so concerned about the leadership crisis rocking the party, stressing the governors are all individually and collectively committed to the development of the party.
Explaining that governors are all working for the quick resolution of the challenges facing the party leadership, he, however, admitted that the approaches and perspectives of each progressive governor in solving the crisis may vary.
He disclosed that the governors have reached some consensus on the problems affecting the party as contained in the resolutions of the emergency teleconference meeting of June 13, 2020.
He said: “Part of the resolutions, which was made public include collectively working to ensure strengthening fair and democratic internal party mechanism for the selection of party candidates in all elections.”
Despite insinuations of division among the governors in some quarters, Lukman maintained the governors are more united and committed to ensuring that the NWC function as a united organ of the party based on which it is able to make provisions of the APC constitution functional.
Debunking claims that the governors are divided, Lukman said: “It will be downgrading to attempt to project HE Sen. Ajimobi as a factional leader of the NWC.”
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Expressing optimism of resolution of the leadership crisis, Lukman said: “APC will overcome all its current leadership challenges; progressive governors and all APC leaders will emerge strongly united,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following his suspension as the national deputy secretary of the ruling APC, the embattled self-acclaimed acting national chairman of the party, Victor Giadom has fired back at his critics.
It was reported that Giadom said on Monday, June 22, during a press conference that the only way out of the on-going leadership crisis in the party is a convocation of the National Executive Council (NEC).
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