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South West Govs to battle Buhari allies at APC convention for party positions

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Governors elected under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) from the Western region have endorsed a former Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Isaac Kekemeke as the national vice chairman for the geo-political sone.

Kekemeke endorsement came against the backdrop of jostling for the political positions zoned to the south west by contending blocs that made up the ruling APC.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum, said the governors had agreed on micro-zoning, adding that those scheming from outside the region were only trying to cause confusion.

Akeredolu said in a statement titled, ‘External forces trying to impose persons on South-West,’ that a former Chairman of the APC in the state, Isaac Kekemeke, had been endorsed as the national vice chairman for the South-West.

The statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, stated that all the governors of the South-West had endorsed Kekemeke.

“This is to confirm that one of our own, the former APC state chairman, Duerimini Isaac Kekemeke, is in the race for the position of the National Vice-Chairman (South-West). Kekemeke has the full backing of Governor Akeredolu and his brother governors in the South-West.

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“It should be noted that critical stakeholders in the South-West had earlier micro-zoned the positions that were brought to the region. Among these were the national vice-chairman, which was retained in Ondo, and the secretary, which was micro-zoned to the Oyo/Osun axis.

“For emphasis, what we are going for is national vice-chairman with Kekemeke as our candidate, and not national secretary.

“Those outside the South-West, who are attempting to micro-zone our offices for us in the South-West, are only creating unnecessary confusion and any such of their permutations outside the decision of stakeholders in the South-West should be ignored,” the statement said.

However,,sources said politicians that belong to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) bloc in the ruling party are scheming to impose their own candidate against the will of the governors from the south west.

The defunct CPC bloc is made up of politicians, who joined President Muhammadu Buhari to merge with the Action Congress of Nigeria to form the APC in 2013 before he won the 2015 presidential election.

A former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who belong to the CPC bloc is running for the national secretary of the APC while the Executive Director, Niger Delta Power Holding, Ife Oyedele is also seeking to fill the slot micro zoned to the South west.

It was also learnt that a former Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Iyiola Omisore, might be endorsed as the national secretary ahead of a former Oyo State Commissioner for Finance, Zaccheus Adedeji.

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