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2019:The Battle To Control Rivers State APC, Oshiomole Vs Amaechi"


National  Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, aka Oshio Baba, and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi, are entangled in a strategic struggle over who commands the party in the South-South geo-political zone and Rivers state in particular.

Both party titans made their marks as former governors of Edo and Rivers States respectively, but Amaechi, who is also the Director General of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization, was practically in charge of the affairs in states of the zone until Oshiomhole emerged as national chairman. 

The strapping exception of Amaechi’s power is Edo, the only state the party governs at the moment in the region and which Oshiomhole, as the immediate past governor, installed one of his loyalists, Mr. Godwin Obaseki as his successor. 

However, since Oshiomhole took over from the former national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who, during his tenure, did not struggle for supremacy with Amaechi, there has been a seeming leadership tussle between him and Amaechi.

 The tussle in Rivers In Rivers,   Amaechi’s home base,  

 the minister has never concealed his predilection for the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Peterside Dakuku, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 general election in opposition to Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East senatorial district. 

But   Oshiomhole appears not favourably disposed to Amaechi’s pick. 

Political watchers in the state recognize that if not for the unstated support of Oshiomhole, which Senator Abe has perfectly taken advantage of; 

 Amaechi would have run him out of town in the horse-trading for the party’s 2019 governorship ticket. 

The nervous relationship between Amaechi and Abe resulted in parallel congresses in the state in May with the latter declaring in a statement by his spokesperson, Parry Benson: 

“I am amused by some of these allegations and stories making the rounds. For the records, the disagreement between me and the minister (Amaechi) is political. 

He is the leader of the party but he has said publicly on several occasions that he can never support me.” 

“That means the entire country knows that he cannot pretend to be neutral or an unbiased umpire in any matter in which my interest and the interests of those interested in me are concerned. 

Yet, as the leader it is his responsibility to provide a level playing field for us all,” he asserted. 

Amaechi is still the principal of the party in the state just like Oshiomhole also holds sway in Edo state, but whether the national chairman will allow the director-general of the Buhari Campaign Organization to produce the governorship candidate of the party at “The Treasure Base of The Nation” yet again is imprecise.

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