The top four Ministers on Thursday, March 12, have attended the All Progressives Congress (APC), South South region rallied round to support the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
It was gathered that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo SAN are among the top executives of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet attending a meeting summoned by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to oust the embattled National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The meeting holds at the Edo State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
Among the Prominent APC leaders present include, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, former Edo State governor, Prof Oserheimen Osunbor, immediate past Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Safety Administration Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo SAN and Senator Ndoma Egba have all attended.
Others were former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, Chairman of Edo State chapter of the party, Anselm Ojezua, Senator Domingo Obende, Senator James Akpan Udo-Edehe, and several others.
Recall that the national vice-chairman, south-south, Prince Hilliard Eta, who is a loyalist of Oshiomhole had earlier directed leaders from the zone not to attend the meeting called by the Edo state governor.
The APC leader (Eta) said the meeting was illegal because the governor lacked the power to initiate it.
From this new development, there are insinuations in some quarters that the presence of the aforesaid APC bigwigs stresses that the Obaseki-led faction of APC enjoys a better relationship with the presidency – a feat foretelling the peril Oshiomhole faces in the party.
On Thursday, some supporters of the party removed billboards, banners and posters bearing images of the embattled National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the National secretariat in Abuja.
The billboards and banners disappeared overnight from walls and strategic points around and inside the secretariat.
There was also an indication that Oshiomhole and some of his loyalists will not be present at next Tuesday’s National Executive Council meeting of the party.
Only a billboard bearing the image of President Muhammadu Buhari was left standing at the national secretariat of the party as at the time of this report.