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Oshiomhole, Amaechi are not at loggerheads over Rivers guber – APC

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday rebuffed reports in some sections of the media that there is a political feud between its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on the position of the party in the controversial governorship election in Rivers state.

Oshiomhole had been reportedly distanced the party’s hierarchy from the arrangement made by minister of Transportation to adopt candidates of the African Action Congress (AAC) following the disqualification of the APC by the courts from fielding candidates.

The party’s chief was quoted last Friday during a programme on national television saying, “the party leadership was not aware of the arrangement between the APC and AAC in Rivers state.

“I have never spoken at any forum that we have aligned with any party. There is only one party (I oversee) and that is APC, if there is going to be alignment, I will know.

“I can’t choose to be in the know. That has never been discussed with me or with any of the members of the national working committee.”

But in a terse statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu explained that the National chairman of the party was misquoted.

According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to some reports in the media purporting a disagreement between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi over the alignment of the Rivers State APC with the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress AAC, Awara Biokpomabo.

“It is regrettable that the APC National Chairman’s statement is being twisted to suit a jaundiced narrative. This narrative is at best, mischievous, pedestrian and should be disregarded. The APC Chairman’s statement is unambiguous as to the effect that the APC’s National Working Committee NWC does not have any formal alliance with AAC.

“This is without prejudice to any local arrangement that may exist. “Both Oshiomhole and Amaechi are above the petty insinuations being orchestrated by a section of the Media. Like many leaders of the party, APC National Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole and the Minister of Transport, Hon. Amaechi enjoy cordial relationship and do share mutual respect; therefore, deliberate misinterpretation of issues and statements from the party or between the two of them would continue to fail”.

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