By FESTUS AHON
BENIN—As the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State holds its state congress today, the leadership of the party has endorsed a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Anslem Ojezua, as the state Chairman of the party.
The out-going interim Chairman, Chief Osaro Idah, was also endorsed as the state Secretary while Prince Austin Eweka and Mrs. Oviasu were endorsed as state Vice Chairman and state Woman Leader respectively.
The position of the state chairman was zoned to Edo Central, the senatorial district of a national leader of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi. Vanguard learnt that Ojezua received the endorsement of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Chief Ikimi after series of meetings held by the leadership of the party.
Meanwhile, royal fathers in Edo South senatorial district have reiterated their support for Governor Oshiomhole, saying that those who recently defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from APC did so for their alleged selfish interests.
The Enigies, numbering over 60, when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor, said they were happy with the developmental strides of the governor, especially in Edo South and have confidence in his government. Chairman of the Enigie, HRH Edomwonyi Ogiegbaen, Enogie of Egbaen-Siluko, and five other royal fathers spoke for the royal fathers.
According to Idurase, the reasons given by Pastor Ize-Iyamu for his defection were not in the interest of the people of the state.
Responding, Governor Oshiomhole thanked the Enigies for their show of solidarity.
Oshiomhole said: “I am short of words to express myself. I can only say that I am grateful.”