The All Progressives Congress South-South caucus met in Abuja, on Thursday night where it passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The meeting was presided over by the National Vice-Chairman South-South, Hillard Eta. It also had in attendance elders and leaders of the party in the geopolitical zone including Don Etiebet, Senator Ndoma Egba, Senator Ita Enang and Umanah Umanah.
Some party chieftains expressed worry about the attitude of some members in the zone working against the national chairman.
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege described Oshiomhole as “our own that must not be antagonised,” appealing for support for the former Edo State governor.
“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,” he said.
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 noted his determination to arrest the crisis in Edo State and 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.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio and Minister of Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi were conspicuously absent at the meeting.