We can reveal that the search for a consensus candidate in Nigeria’s South-South zone for the position of national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, may see Cross River State benefit as former state governor, Clement David Ebri, appears in pole position for the plum job.
Some national stakeholders in Abuja who volunteered information to www.calitown.com on condition of anonymity, maintained that since the party has zoned the position to the South South, party people from the zone have quickly pointed to Ebri as a more credible person for the job. Besides, Adams Oshiomole, former governor of Edo state, who was initially flagged as the man to take over from current chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, appears short of the reach and acceptance that may see him tailor together a party seemingly polarised in several states across the country.
Contacted to react, Ebri told www.calitown.com that “…all of what you point to is in the speculative realm … I have nothing to say to you other than the fact that l am a dedicated party man working for the good of all manner of men and women in Nigeria.”
Ebri, who was governor of Cross River state from 1992 to 1993, on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, is believed to have the necessary political antecedents to mount the saddle and may be left with the final nod of President Buhari who is believed to be committed to installing a national executive of the party loyal to him. The APC’s national convention is billed for June this year.
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