TARABA APC CRISIS DEEPENS AS TWO STATE CHAIRMEN EMERGE

Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo

The crisis rocking the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress took a dramatic turn recently, following the swearing in of Ibrahim El-Suldi as the chairman of the party in the state.

He was sworn in by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja.

Reacting to the swearing in of El-Suldi as chairman, the embattled leader of the party in the state, Abdulmumuni Vaki, on Wednesday said he remained the authentic chairman of the APC in Taraba.

He told journalists that he was not officially aware of his purported removal as nobody contacted him to inform him of it.

He said, “I heard that Adams Oshiomhole swore in another chairman for Taraba but as far as I am concerned, I remain the chairman of the APC in the state, nobody has removed me.

“Maybe Oshiomhole’s style of leadership is to swear in two chairmen in every state of the federation as a strategy to win elections in 2019.

“I was duly elected and sworn in as chairman. I attended the National Executive Council meetings called by Oshiomhole and decisions of the party taken in his presence.

“If today he is saying I am illegally inaugurated as chairman, then the entire National Working Committee which I voted into office at the last convention is also illegal.”

In his reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the El-Suldi-led executive, Mr. Aaron Arthimas, said that Vaki was illegally sworn in by the former National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and not Oshiomhole, insisting that El-Suldi was the substantive chairman of the party.

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