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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Merger Parties Insist on Endorsing Keyamo

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 Mr. Festus Keyamo

Shola Oyeyipo
The three main political parties involved in the merger that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State have insisted that Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has been adopted for the state central senatorial  district by-electionin the state.
A chieftain of the ANPP, Chief Tom Ikimi, had recently denied that the party adopted Keyamo as its candidate for the by-election.
But the chairmen, executive members, state officers and leaders of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the district yesterday openly reaffirmed that the lawyer would get their support to pick the party's ticket.
The party men in a resolution adopted after an emergency meeting held on Monday, stated that Keyamo was adopted by the parties.
"We stand by our earlier resolution adopting Keyamo as our preferred choice for the Delta Central senatorial elections.
"We see nothing wrong in giving our support to one aspirant over another.
"We are not saying this is the final outcome of the party primaries or selection process, but an internal political choice.
"That we totally disagree with the statement credited to Ikimi, that APC is a brand new party without members. The registered members of the three legacy parties, namely: ACN, ANPP and CPC are automatic foundation members of APC. This is a merger of existing parties and not a new party the said."
According to the group, the resolve to adopt Keyamo was strictly a Delta Central affair, and would be devoid of imposition from any other zone."

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