No fewer than four persons are currently contesting the position of incumbent National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
This brings to four, the number of persons that have so far made their desire public, following an expression of interest by a former Edo State Governor, Oserheimen Osunbor, who purchased his form lately on Friday.
It was gathered that the ex-governor picked, filled and submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms at the rented Secretariat of the APC National Convention Committee, in Abuja.
The party, during one of its National Executive Council (NEC) meetings had earlier maintained the zoning arrangements of various offices, which retained the seat for South-South geo-political zone of the country.
SAHEL STANDARD recalls that Oyegun had last week at his residence in Abuja made it public that he was no more interested in re-contesting the position.
Apart from Osunbor, others who are presently in the race include: a former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole; a former Governor of Cross River State, Clement Ebri; and a member of the APC in the United Kingdom, Ibrahim Emokpaire.
Though, former scribe of the APC National Convention Committee, Sen. Benjamin Uwajumogu who resigned his position, had earlier told journalists while handing to the newly appointed Secretary, Sen. Victor Udoma-Egba that 60 aspirants have obtained nomination forms to contest various offices.
Udoma-Egba, however, confirmed that four persons are presently in race of National Chairmanship.
According to him, “Four persons have formally expressed their interest, with the latest being Prof. (Oserheimen) Osunbor.”