The South-South caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Thursday evening chose the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, as the leader of the party in the region.
The choice of Omo-Agege as leader of the party in the geopolitical zone, however, was taken in the absence of some other key and senior members of the party from the region, who were not part of the event, which was reportedly summoned with the hope of finding an end to some of the crises that have beset the lately.
Vice National Chairman of the party (South-South), Hon Hillard Eta, at whose instance the party was called, said the meeting was to appraise the performance of the party in the last general elections and the recent feat recorded with its victory in Bayelsa state, which he noted was an addition to states under its control in the zone admonished warring chieftains in the zone to close ranks. He further admonished them to avoid media war on issues that affect the party.
Among issues reportedly discussed at the meeting, which held at the private office of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, were the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the party, the rumbles besetting the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), crises in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, among others.
Some of the chieftains of the party who stayed away from the meeting were the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, his counterpart in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswil Akpabio and the Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside.
Some of those in attendance included Chief Don Etiebet, Senator Ndoma Egba, Senator Ita Enang, Chief Umanah Umanah, Senator Omo-Agege, amongst others.