Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress party elects new leader

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Adams Oshiomhole courtesyThe New Diplomat
Adams Oshiomhole
courtesy: The New Diplomat

Nigeria’s governing All Progressive Congress (APC) party on Sunday confirmed the election of , a former governor of the southern state of Edo, as its new leader.

Oshimhole, 66, took an oath of office in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja on Sunday as curtains fell on the two-day national convention of the APC party.

The governing party’s elective convention, which began on Saturday, was attended by Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari and senior officials of the party at national and state levels.

Oshimhole, a political associate of Buhari, emerged as the new leader of the party unopposed. His predecessor John Odigie-Oyegun, also from Edo State, had faced criticisms from some senior members of the party ahead of the national convention.

With his emergence as the leader of the governing party, Oshimhole’s first challenge would be leading the party to victory in a state governorship election in the southern part of the country on July 14 and another southern state election a few weeks later.

He would also need to work for the party’s victory at the general election next year, said Kunle Omotoso, a local political analyst.

Buhari has announced his intention to contest for a second term in office during next year’s election.