National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said that the party won the 2015 governorship election in Taraba State but was maneouvred out by the power that be at that time.
Oshiomhole, who received two delegations of Taraba State party leaders, one of which was led by the minister for Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, on a solidarity visit following his election at the Party’s National Convention last Sunday in Abuja said: “we (APC) won the Taraba governorship election in 2015, but were manoeuvred out. In 2019, those manipulation instruments will not be at their disposal.”
Another delegation from the same State was led by and Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf at the Party’s National Secretariat.
Oshiomhole appealed to members of the party to commit themselves to the unity and supremacy of the party, stressing: “we must work to present a united front ahead of the 2019 general elections. Wherever we have a crack, we will mend it as soon as possible. On our part, we will be guided by principle of fairness and justice.
The national chairman insisted that members must go into the 2019 election united, even as he assured the delegations that one of his top priorities would be to address disputes arising from the party’s recently held congresses and the national convention.
Oshiomhole said that he is now awaiting the report of the National Convention Committee, chaired by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, whom he said made commitments to some of the aggrieved parties which the National Working Committee (NWC) will urgently consider upon receipt of the Convention Committee’s report.
Speaking on behalf of one of the delegations, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf expressed confidence in the Oshiomhole-led NWC to resolve disputes within the Party, particularly in Taraba State.
“We have witnessed with great excitement your flawless and overwhelming affirmation as the APC National Chairman. This unprecedented show of love and respect attest to your long standing reputation as a honest, fearless and dispassionate leader
“As dedicated party members, we are not unaware of the internal problems dogging our great party but are fully convinced and confident that as the right man for the job, you will bring your well-known competence and impartiality to bear on all the contentious issues awaiting your attention, especially as they affect Taraba State.”