Obaseki, Akpabio absent as South South APC backs Oshiomhole

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Kamarudeen Ogundele , Abuja
The All Progressives Congress in the South – South met in Abuja on Thursday night and passed a vote of confidence in the National Chairman , Adams Oshiomhole .
The meeting , which was presided over by the National Vice-Chairman South – South , Hillard Eta , had in attendance elders and leaders of the party in the geopolitical zone including Chief Don Etiebet , Senator Ndoma Egba , Senator Ita Enang and Chief Umanah Umanah .
Notable absent were the Edo State Governor , Godwin Obaseki, the Minister of Niger Delta , Godswill Akpabio and his Transportation counterpart , Rotimi Amaechi .
At the meeting , some party chieftains expressed worry about the attitude of some members in the zone working against the national chairman .
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege , who described Oshiomhole as “our own that must not be antagonised, ” appealed for support for the former Edo State governor.
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He said , “ Why are we antagonising our own ? We have to stand by him . The party in the zone hasn ’ t fared very well . It is important to close ranks against the raging war . ”
Eta also appealed to aggrieved members to sheathe their swords and work together.
“ In Edo and Rivers states , we must find a solution to the problem . I want to beg all warring parties to sheathe their swords , ” he added .
Oshiomhole expressed delight over the large turnout of members despite the cynicism that trailed the open invitation to all members of the South – South caucus.
He acknowledged the raging crisis in Edo State but said he was determined to make concessions for genuine reconciliation .
At the end of the meeting , Omo Agege was elected as the APC leader in the South – South zone .
A committee was set up to look into the crisis rocking the Edo and Cross River states ’ chapters of the party .
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