A former Governor of Edo state, John Oyegun, has emerged the new Chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The emergence of Mr. Oyegun, who will now succeed ex-Governor Bisi Akande, followed intense negotiations and horse trading among various contending forces in the party.
His nomination was subsequently ratified by APC delegates at the first National Convention of the party, holding at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
Mr. Oyegun’s candidature was promoted by a national leader of the party amd former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu.
Mr. Oyegun’s main challenger and former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, who was the candidate of choice for the governors elected under the banner of the party, reportedly stepped down for Mr. Oyegun earlier in the day.
In the same vein, a new National Secretary in the person of Mai Mala Buni from Yobe state was elected to replace Tijjani Tumsah.
Mr. Buni’s emergence follows an announcement by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar shortly after voting has commenced that the elders from the North East geopolitical zone, where the position was zoned to, has convinced former National Assembly presidential liaison officer, Kashim Imam, to step down.