The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for INEC to annul the election of its new national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
With one voice, several top APC officials said the PDP’s demand is just noise because the opposition party is scared of Oshiomhole.
In a nutshell: The PDP says that Oshiomhole’s election shouldn’t stand because voice vote was adopted and using such a method is contrary to the Electoral act and the APC constitution.
The APC response:
Babatunde Ogala, the national legal adviser of the APC, said that Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP national publicity secretary, and the PDP were chasing shadows and are uneasy over the success of the convention.
“In responding to Mr. Ologbodiyan, I will take cognizance of his lack of knowledge of law and say he could therefore only have uttered those words attributed to him out of ignorance of the provisions of APC Constitution,” Ogala said.
“I am also not unaware of the fact that Mr. Ologbodiyan, having not been present at the venue of our convention, could only have uttered his words based on hearsay and gossips.
“The import of the extant provision of Article 20 of the APC Constitution was obviously not known to Mr. Ologbodiyan and his party PDP.
“As Mr. Ologbodiyan and his PDP were not present at our Convention, they are busy-bodies who could not have known that the election of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and 21 other officers that were elected unopposed all had the attendant overwhelming ‘YES’ Votes at the National Convention at Eagle Square and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was a compliant observer of the convention. Mr. Ologbondiyan was fishing in uncharted and murky dark waters and now needs help.”
Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC’s national publicity secretary:
“We read with dismay, but without surprise PDP’s statement calling on INEC to annul the results of the highly successful National Convention of our party held last Saturday.
“But we understand PDP’s problem, they are terrified by Oshiomhole, they know that with him they will no longer have breathing space.
“Hence, the baseless allegations peddling and conspiracy theory which we are now accustomed to as part of PDP’s sorry attempt to play ‘opposition politics.”
Victor Ndoma-Egba, secretary, APC national convention: “The response of the PDP is that of somebody who got an outcome that he did not anticipate, they were expecting an implosion which did not happen.
“Those who were not our friends were praying for an explosion of the party on that day, but fortunately, they were all disappointed, we had a peaceful and successful convention.
“Yes, there were one or two skirmishes on the convention ground, that is to be expected in an assembly of nearly 7,000 people.”