… Says media twisting Oshiomhole’s position
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi alliance with the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Rivers State, Awara Biokpomabo was in order and appropriate.
In a statement on Monday by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said, “It is regrettable that the APC National Chairman’s statement is being twisted to suit a jaundiced narrative. This narrative is at best, mischievous, pedestrian and should be disregarded.
“The APC Chairman’s statement is unambiguous as to the effect that the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) does not have any formal alliance with AAC. This is without prejudice to any local arrangement that may exist.”
Oshiomhole had on a live television program on Sunday denied that the party was not in alignment with any AAC in Rivers state and that neither him nor the party’s national working committee was aware of any of such alignment.
Recall that APC did not field any candidate for the Rivers governorship election after the supreme court upheld the annulment of the party’s primaries and congresses.
But Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, had said the APC will back Awara Biokpomabo, governorship candidate of AAC during the March 9, elections in the state.
Amaechi had said, “The leadership of the party met and agreed that we would work with a party called African Action Congress (AAC), while we are still in court to reclaim our mandate.”
But Oshiomhole said: “I have never spoken at any forum that we have aligned with any party. There is only one party (I oversee) and that is APC, if there is going to be alignment, I will know.
“I can’t choose to be in the know. That has never been discussed with me or with any of the members of the national working committee.”
But with the controversy raging, the party has come out to defend the situation insisting that Amaechi has the right to go into any local arrangements with any other party.
According to the statement, “Both Oshiomhole and Amaechi are above the petty insinuations being orchestrated by a section of the Media. Like many leaders of the party, APC National Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole and the Minister of Transport, Hon. Amaechi enjoy cordial relationship and do share mutual respect; therefore, deliberate misinterpretation of issues and statements from the party or between the two of them would continue to fail.”
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