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Oshiomhole believes there is a plan to remove him as APC chair – why it matters

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Oshiomhole believes there is a plan to remove him as APC chair – why it matters

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole is concerned about an alleged gang up against him by some APC party stakeholders who are uncomfortable with the “positive reforms” his leadership has so far brought to the party.

The chairman’s concern followed accusations leveled against him by some party members led by one Alhaji Mumakai Unagha who suggested that the party cannot win the 2019 general elections under Oshiomhole’s leadership.

His response: Speaking via his Chief Press Secretary Simon Ebebgulem, in Abuja, on Sunday, Oshiomhole said:

  • The totality of Unagha’s claims against him are… “cooked-up narratives being sponsored by some influential stakeholders in their respective states” blaming him as being responsible “for all the problems in the APC at the moment.”
  • That there is a plot to pass a no-confidence vote in his leadership because these stakeholders failed to impose their preferred candidates on the party in the nomination process.
  • He would not preside over a losing party next year. “His single-minded goal, from the outset of his declaration of interest in the position, was to deploy his capacity in helping to strengthen and reposition the party as a truly supreme and disciplined political entity.”

Oshiomhole has been under fire for his handling of the recently concluded APC primaries across the nation. Many of the party’s aggrieved stakeholders, including the Wife of the President Aisha Buhari, did not hide their disappointment with Oshiomhole. Several other powerful stakeholders including the governors of Zamfara and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun and Abdulaziz Yari, remain aggrieved.

Why It Matters: Oshiomhole is perceived as a high-handed autocratic leader by some party members. He started his tenure with clashes against ministers and lawmakers, and making provocative statements. Things came to a head with the conduct of the APC primaries which were riddled with chaos and contentions. How the party manages the growing disaffection could affect its fortunes in the 2019 elections if not resolved. Since his foray into politics, Oshiomhole is yet to lose an election – winning two terms as governor and successfully ensuring that Godwin Obaseki, his preferred successor, takes over as governor in Edo. He would be looking to ensure that 2019 won’t be his first.

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