Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has sworn in its newly elected National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomole.
Mr. Oshiomole who was voted in by voiced affirmation was sworn in by Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami after voting ended at the party’s Elective National Convention on June 24.
While taking the oath of office, the new APC National Chairman promised to work according to the constitution of the party.
“I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the constitution of the party and always in interest of the party as contained in its constitution and manifesto, that I will not allow my personal interest influence my official conduct or my official decision”
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Oshiomole commended the outgoing National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun for his pioneer role in leading the party to victory in 2015, he also appreciated President Buhari’s leadership qualities.
Sixty Executive positions were contested for at the APC National Convention, twenty seven of these positions were unopposed while thirty three were contested.
The twenty seven that were unopposed were voted in by voiced affirmation from delegates from the 36 states and the FCT that attended the convention.
Some members of the dissolved National Working Committee returned back for another term, among such members were the positions of the National Secretary, Deputy National Chairman North, National Vice Chairman North-west, National Vice Chairman North-east, National Vice Chairman South-south, National Publicity Secretary, National Auditor amongst others.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in his closing speech at the convention appreciated aspirants who stepped down for others.
He advised those who won and lost to accept their various situations with dignity.
“Let the victors be humble in victory and let those who did not win be gallant and gracious in defeat and continue to keep faith with the party. We are members of one party and it is not about winners take all” the president said.
The APC recently held its State congresses and 24 out of 36 states experienced parallel congresses which resulted in a division of the party across several states.
Even though the party set up mechanisms to address grievances and reconcile members, the effect of the division from the congresses played out among delegates from states that attended the convention.
One of such situations was from Imo state where a dispute busted out amongst its delegates. The Imo delegates came in two factions. The two factions disagreed on what delegate list would be used for voting, they also disagreed on the seats at the national level which is zoned to them and also who occupied the sits allotted to them at the Convention Venue, Eagle Square.
Delta State also experienced a similar situation where the delegates came in two factions. The disagreement between the two factions of Delta State resulted in fist fights twice, on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Also a faction from Zamfara state where not allowed to enter the venue of the convention.
Several members of the party were happy with the outcome off the convention and expressed hope that the newly elected executives will be able to lead the party forward to another election victory.
The Governor of Imo state, Dr. Rocha Okorocha expressed hope the the party will be stronger with the new leadership.
“We will have a better party structure, the party will be back alive and we will have new minds and new people thinking right to handle the affairs of the party and it will move forward. Our problem has been a week and inactive party that is why you see the crisis between executives and National Assembly and all kinds of things. If we have a strong party, this will not happen” Governor Okorocha said.