Audu’s Group Takes Over Kogi APC; Ocholi, Ojuola and Buba May Quit Party

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The crisis rocking the Kogi State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) is still raging silently as a faction the seemingly lost hold of the party structure in last week Wednesday’s election of interim management committee are reportedly considering moving out of the party.

Last week Wednesday, APC inaugurated an interim management committee for its Kogi chapter. The inauguration, which took place in Lokoja, was presided over by a national ex-officio member of the party, Jack Alampat, who represented the North Central Interim National Vice Chairman, retired Maj.-Gen. Abdulahi Aboki.

The arrangement saw Alhaji Hadi Ameto, the state Chairman of the defunct ACN, emerging as the Chairman while Yahaya Alfa was elected as Secretary. This new development is viewed as the taking over of the party structures by the faction loyal to Prince Abubakar Audu.

The other faction of the party consisting of Chief James Ocholi, SAN, Hon. Buba Jibril, Hon. Henry Ojuola and a host of other supporters are uncomfortable with the unfolding events in the party and are reportedly considering two options: decamping to the newly registered Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) or returning to their former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The James Ocholi faction believe strongly that their political interests will can not be guaranteed with Audu’s dominance in the party. While Ocholi is interested in picking APC’s governorship ticket, Ojuola and Buba Jibril are reportedly interested in Senate and House of Representatives tickets. Their respective ambitions will hit the rocks if the current arrangement in APC is allowed to stand as Audu’s faction is believed to have settled who will fly the party’s 2015 ticket for most of the elective positions.

While the Ocholi faction are still waiting for the party leadership at the national level to step in and harmonise the structure in the state, they are not keeping their eggs in one basket.

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