APC elects Oshiomhole as national chairman, 19 other officers

The All Progressives Congress on Saturday elected a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, as its second national chairman at a convention in Abuja attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and over 6,800 delegates.

Oshiomhole as well as 19 other national officers emerged by consensus and affirmation after rancour had threatened disrupt the convention.

Thugs in factions of APC in Imo and Delta states almost disrupted the convention while Buhari was reading his address.

They chased Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and some other delegates away from their pavilion despite the presence of security agents.

Reports said some delegates at the convention engaged each other in a free for all.

Trouble first started among delegates from Imo State before spreading to the Delta State delegates.

While the clash between delegates from Imo was brought under control by security operatives after a while, that between the Delta delegates was more intense with chairs being hurled and several people sustaining injuries.

It was learnt that trouble began when a group loyal to Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha arrived at the stand reserved for Imo delegates and ordered others loyal to his deputy, Eze Madumere, to vacate the seats.

The order was resisted leading to fisticuffs with the private security of the governor allegedly getting involved with some people forcefully removed.

Just as security officials were trying to bring the situation under control the delegates from Delta State got engaged in an even more violent brawl.

The brawl was allegedly between supporters of O’Tega Emerhor and a former governorship candidate in the state, Great Ogboru.

According to delegates from the group, the faction loyal to O’Tega Emerhor had stepped out to eat but was stunned when they returned and found out that they had been unseated by another faction.

Their attempt to take their seats back ended in violence.

This occurred despite the heavy security presence at the venue of the convention which has President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the who is who of the party.

Speaking after his election, Oshiomhole thanked party members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to take the platform to greater heights.

He is replacing another erstwhile governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

There was tight security at the convention amid fears of protests by disgruntled members.

 

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