APC NWC rallies South-South for Tinubu, sends Giadom to Bayelsa, others – The Sun Nigeria

By Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

The National Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is rallying its support for its presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the South-South geopolitical region.

It’s just as he hammers home the support of all the party’s candidates in the 2023 general election.

The party that lost Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has only Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River left in the region amid the disaffection of former presidential candidate Rotimi Amaechi and other party leaders in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Bayelsa states.

The investigation revealed that in order to resolve some of the issues in dispute and persuade aggrieved members to sheath their swords in order to be on the same page as the party leadership, the Adamu Abdullahi, head of the NWC, dispatched National Vice President, South-South, Victor Gaidom for Bayelsa State.

The party’s state chapter, like some other state chapters, is embroiled in an internal crisis over a power struggle between a former minister of state for agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and the the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial election, Chief David Lyon on A and APC Leader in Bayelsa State and Minister of State, Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva d ‘somewhere else.

Gaidom who was in Yenagoa with the Zone Executives and Sylva is also expected to travel to other South-South states to reconcile aggrieved members before the start of the election campaign.

Before the meeting went behind closed doors, Gaidom told stakeholders that the meeting had to assess the party’s chances, review its health and fill in any gaps that could ruin the party’s electoral chances.

“We are getting closer to the elections and very close to the election campaign. We are here to explain to our stakeholders that now is the time to bring our home and communities together to secure victory for APC in Bayelsa State. We are here to understand the health of this party, what are the issues at Bayelsa. What are the things we should be doing better than what we are doing today to win Bayelsa. What are those critical challenges that, if left unaddressed, would make it difficult for us to win the election. We are here to gather all views and deliver a report to the national executive so we can put everything in place,” he said.

Gaidom in an interview after the meeting expressed his joy that the party is on the verge of winning the elections in the South-South.

“We have a very strong chance of winning in the South-South. We also have a very good chance of winning in Bayelsa State. We are here to take stock of the party, review the challenges and ensure everyone is working together for APC at Bayelsa,” he said.

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