Interim National Vice Chairman, South-South, of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Tom Ikimi, has described as misleading reports that the party has adopted Festus Keyamo as its candidate for the forthcoming bye-election for Delta Central Senatorial Diastrict.
Ikimi, while expressing the party’s regret over the sudden and untimely death of Senator Pius Ewherido, who represented Delta Central at the National Assembly, said neither the Senate nor the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared the seat vacant.
He said it would be misleading for anyone to claim that he had been adopted for the senatorial contest.
Ikimi stated this in a resolution adopted after a meeting of the three parties that merged to form the APC. The parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and All Nigeria Peoples Party.
The resolution stated, “Barrister Keyamo was not adopted by the party. The only organ that has been put in place for the APC so far is the interim National Executive Committee, led by Chief Bisi Akande as National Chairman. I serve in the committee as National Vice Chairman (South-South).
“The party is in the process of putting in place state harmonisation committees in the 36 states of the federation, thereafter membership registration will commence nationwide, leading to the holding of congresses at the unit, ward, local and state levels. A special case was that of Anambra State recently where membership registration was conducted by the APC across the state to enable the party hold direct primaries to elect a candidate for the governorship election slated for November this year.”