Two former National Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole have urged members of the party in the state to close ranks for one indivisible APC in Edo State.
The duo gave the charge on Saturday in Benin during the stakeholders meeting of the party.
Oyegun urged members of the party to put the past behind and look at the future.
“I am APC, I belong to APC body and soul. Let us close ranks, the future of our party is bright.
“Every member of the party including party leaders have a contribution to make for the improvement and success of the party. No individual can be greater than the party,” he said.
Oyegun, however, appealed to party leaders to recognize the role of party members in the growth of the party in the state.
On his part, Oshiomhole urged party members in the state to close ranks and work with the leadership of the party at the state and other levels in the overall interest of the party.
The duo however commended the State Caretaker Committee of the party, led by retired Col David Imuse for the success recorded during the just concluded membership registration exercise of the party in the state.
In his address, Col Imuse said the turnout of those eager to join the party during the registration exercise was quite impressive as they were not discouraged that the APC is in opposition in the state.
He said: “Right now, the APC has a very credible and reliable database of its members, in every unit across the entire country. Our party is now a stronger and more united party as a result of the membership registration exercise.”
He said the development was an indication that in subsequent, free and fair elections, the party would achieve undisputable victory.
Others in attendance were, Prince Malik Afegbua; the former governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimhen Osunbor and his erstwhile deputy, Chief Lucky Imasuen; a former deputy governor, Dr Pius Odubu; some members of the National Assembly, including Senator Francis Alimikhena, Hon Dennis Idahosa, Patrick Aisowieren among other stakeholders.