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Four Ministers from South-South join forces with others to remove Oshiomhole

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Ministers from south-south against Oshiomhole

See the four ministers from South-South that has joined forces with others to remove Oshiomhole from office.

The ministers are Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Health), Festus Keyamo (State, Labour) and Goddy Jedy-Agba (State, Power).

Those at the meeting also included former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba; former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Nguru Usani; ex-Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside; Senator Domingo Obende, factional chairman of the party in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua; party chieftain, Dr Ray Murphy; and Chief Osaro Idah.

Also, in attendance were Ehigie Uzamere; John James; former acting governor of Cross River State, Mr Larry Odey; former President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Peter Esele; former Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory, Senator John Akpanudoedehe; and former Edo State governor, Senator Osariemhen Osunbor.

These ministers have declared their stand against the embattled Chairman, Oshiomhole by attending all anti-Oshiomhole meeting held in Abuja yesterday.

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But it was also reported that the other three ministers that absent were Timipre Sylva (State, Petroleum Resources); Clement Agba (Budget and National Planning) and Godswill Akpabio (Niger/Delta Affairs).

However, the four ministers in a meeting held 72 hours before the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the party have thrown their weight behind Chief Victor Giadom as a replacement for the former Edo State governor.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, which was read by the convener, Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, announced the zone’s support for next Tuesday’s emergency NEC meeting.

“That as a party, we commend our brother, the Acting Chairman of the APC, Victor Giadom, for rising to the occasion by providing leadership for the party in these trying times.

“That we fully support the convening of the National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 17, as the NEC is the only recognised organ under the constitution of our party to resolve the APC crisis.

“That we insist that the party should respect the current zoning arrangement by retaining the chairmanship of our great party in the South-South zone even in an acting capacity.

“We resolved that the most senior officer of the party from the zone, being the National Acting Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, should be confirmed Acting National Chairman for the time being.

“We urged all our brothers and sisters from the zone to fully embrace the NEC meeting and not boycott the emergency NEC meeting, which has been slated for Tuesday, March 17, because a boycott in a democratic environment is always counterproductive.”

Obaseki said seven ministers, serving and former senators, members of the House of Representatives, former ministers, former governors, former zonal and state executive members of the party attended the zonal caucus meeting.

 

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