Politics of consensus was put into full use in the early hours of today by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as many national officers, including the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun emerged through the system.
Chief Oyegun, who was the former governor of Edo emerged by consensus after two other aspirants for the chairmanship position, Chief Sam Jaja from Rivers and the former governor of Bayelsa, Mr Timipire Sylva stepped down.
While announcing his withdrawal from the contest, Sylva said that he took the decision in order to promote unity in APC, adding: “I will throw my weight behind who ever emerges the winner.”
Other party officials who emerged through the same process were Deputy Chairman, South, Mr. Segun Oni; Deputy Chairman, North, Sen. Shuaibu Lawal and National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
However it was gathered that 47 other national positions in the party were contested. Some of them included the positions of Deputy National Vice Chairman, National Organising Secretary, National Women Leader, National Treasurer and National Youth Leader.
Announcing the result of the election, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, the Chairman, National Convention Electoral Committee, said that Mr. Hillirad Eta from Cross River won the position of Deputy National Vice chairman with 328 votes.
He said that Senator Osita Izunaso won the position of National Organising Secretary with 902 votes while Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani won the position of National Women Leader.
Baraje said the committee provided a level playing ground for all the contestants to ensure justice and fair play in the conduct of the election.
Addressing newsmen after he was declared winner, the national chairman, Chief John Oyegun expressed his commitment to deepen democratic culture and values in the APC.
He appealed to members of the party to support and cooperate with his administration, saying: “ we will run an all-inclusive government.
The new APC chairman expressed optimism that the party would defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections. [MYAD]