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The All Progressives Congress APC in Niger State has said it will act according to the directive of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on the choice between incumbent National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and a former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
The duo are believed to be in strong contention for the chairmanship of the party come the national convention.
The state Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Jibrin Imam, told journalists after the May Day rally held in Minna which he attended with the governor that the party was waiting for the â€œdirective of our governor.â€
According to him, â€œOur governor will tell us what to do and who to vote for. We donâ€™t have our own decision.
â€œAt the appropriate time, the governor will call a meeting of stakeholders where he will tell us what to do. When he tells us that, we will go with the governor because we are working as a team.â€
He, however, said the state was prepared for the ward, local government and state congresses scheduled to hold this month.
Alhaji Jibrin Imam said he was not aware if materials for the congresses had arrived in the state because â€œI am a potential candidate,â€ adding that it was those who would conduct the election that would know when the materials would arrive.
Asked to comment on the face-off between Senator David Umaru on one hand, the governor and the party on the other hand, Imam said the party had tried to solve the problem but so far had not recorded any success.
â€œWe have called a stakeholdersâ€™ meeting on the matter five times. Some of those concerned came but the senator did not show up.
â€œWe have not taken any decision, we will still call another meeting to see if we can reconcile everybody,â€ Imam declared.
The APC chieftain however warned: â€œIf you are in a group especially a political party, you should know the consequences of disobedience
â€œIt is how you lay your bed that you will sleep on it,â€ he declared.