The chairman of the publicity sub-committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention Committee (NCC) and Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has said the position of National Chairman is still open to contest despite the endorsement of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ajimobi said this in Abuja on Friday while briefing journalists on the activities of Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State-led NCC ahead of June 23, 2018 National Convention, where a new set of APC national officers would be elected.
“Talking about the President endorsement of Adams Oshiomhole, I believe that, yes, the President has endorsed but it doesn’t preclude other people from declaring to contest. It is a democracy and everybody is open to declare.
“I think everybody has a right to declare and once they declare, we go through the convention and we choose whoever won. So, it is very competitive and you will still see in the coming days, some people will declare their interest,” he said while responding to questions from journalists.
The governor, who said Asiwaju Bola Ahmed-led reconciliation committee was working “quietly” to resolve various issues that had been bedevilling the APC, voiced optimism that some of those who had approached courts because of the fallout of the congresses would withdraw their cases.
“You will see a lot of people moving round and talking, quietly with the Asiwaju group. So, reconciliation is a work in progress. I believe the Asiwaju team; they are working very effectively and reporting to the President,” said the governor.
Governor Ajimobi said the struggle for positions during the just-concluded State Congresses, the violence that trailed the exercise and the disagreements witnessed showed the interest people had in the APC, the level of democratisation it had experienced and the party’s democratic nature.
“State congresses, yes, there have been reports of violence here and there. It will continue to witness reconciliation and this is what we are doing. I believe honestly that reconciliation should take place,” said the NCC spokesperson.