Breaking: Oshiomhole, 19 others elected at APC Convention

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Adams Oshiomhole and his wife Iara arrive at the Convention

The All Progressives Congress National Convention in Abuja has affirmed former Governor Adams Oshiohmole as the National Chairman.

The convention also affirmed the election of 19 other officers.

Among those elected was Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, who was returned as National Secretary.

Lawyer, Babatunde Ogala from Lagos was elected as National Legal Adviser, to replace Dr. Muiz Banire.

Also returned unopposed were:former Ekiti State Governor Niyi Adebayo (Deputy National Chairman); Babatunde Ogala,  Pastor Bankole Oluwajana (National Vice Chairman, South- West); Ibrahim Masari (National Welfare Secretary); Jock Alamba (Deputy National Welfare Secretary); Tunde Bello (National Financial Secretary); National Vice-Chairman, North-Central.

Adams Oshiomhole: new APC chairman

What we know about Oshiomhole:

Adams Aliyu Eric Oshiomhole is  66 years old. He   completed two terms as governor of Edo state from 2008 till  2016.

Before his emergence as governor, he led the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as its president.

Oshiomhole presided over NLC in a most tumultuous time as his leadership confronted the then President Olusegun Obasanjo administration on various issues, including the price regime of petroleum products.

Oshiomhole is rated as one of the best presidents in the history of the labour union and is  reputed to have organisational skills. Adams won the governorship election in Edo on the platform of the defunct ACN; before the party, alongside some opposition parties, formed the APC in 2013

Oshiomhole became governor following a verdict of the Court of Appeal which held that the results of the April 2007 governorship election in the state were massively rigged in favour of the candidate of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oserheimen Osunbor.

Oshiomhole assumed office on November 12, 2008 after the court verdict.

To become sole candidate for APC chairmanship, Mr Buhari got the governors to queue behind Oshiomhole for the highest party seat. He is also enjoys the support of a national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, who last year demanded the resignation of Mr Odigie-Oyegun.

However, long before the president threw his support behind  Oshiomhole, some of the governors had since 2016 when he was about to round off his gubernatorial tenure begun to root for him to lead the party.

At Mr Oshiomhole’s formal declaration in Abuja some weeks ago, the governors were represented by the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha. Mr Oshiomhole’s chances brightened when Mr Odigie-Oyegun backed down from his plan to seek reelection.

Mr Oshiomhole had promised to reposition the party.

Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole was born on April 4, 1952 at Iyamho, near Auchi in Edo State.

He was born a Muslim but was led to Christianity by his late wife Clara, who died at the age of 54. He is Catholic and his Christian name is Eric.

After his secondary education, he obtained a job with Arewa Textiles Company, where he was elected union secretary. He became a full-time trade union organiser in 1975.

He then studied at Ruskin College, Oxford in the UK where he studied economics and industrial relations. He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State.

In May 2015, he married a young model called Iara Fortes.

After democracy was restored in 1999, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole became president of the NLC. Early in the administration of President Obasanjo, he negotiated a 25 per cent wage increase for public sector workers.

Mr Oshiomhole was appointed General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, in 1982, a union with over 75,000 workers.

The textile union elected Mr Oshiomhole for a second term as general secretary, while he continued as president of the NLC.

The relationship with President Obasanjo turned sour as neglect of local oil refineries led to reliance on imported petrol, followed by rises in the price of the product.

Mr Oshiomhole led strikes and demonstrations against the increases. He faced arrests, tear gas and temporary blockades of union offices, and Mr Obasanjo introduced legislation to make it more difficult for the NLC to strike.

The NLC alleged that on October 9, 2004 Mr Oshiomhole was abducted by State Security Services (SSS), during a protest, but the Nigerian government at the time said he submitted voluntarily to custody.

Mr Oshiomhole represented African workers for two terms on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), serving on the committee on freedom of association.

He was also a member of the Executive Board of the International Confederation of Tree Trade Unions.

Full List of the Unopposed candidates:

1. Adams Oshiomhole … National Chairman

2. Ibrahim Masari … National Welfare Secretary

3. Tunde Bello…National Financial Secretary

4. Misbahu L Didi…. Representative of the physically challenged

5. Zakari Mohammed….Zonal secretary north central

6. Ibrahim Abdullahi

7. Hassana Abdullahi….Zonal woman leader North Central

8. Nelson Abba….ex-officio North Central

9. Abubabakr Ajiya….Zonal Sec north east

10. Isa Azare….Ex officio North east

11. Tukur Gusau…. Zonal secretary north west

12. Nasiru Haladu….Ex officio North west

13. Mrs Akpabio ….Woman leader South south


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