Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Abdulaziz Yari of Ogun and Zamfara States are reportedly leading a movement to remove the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
We reported earlier that Oshiomhole expressed concerns over an alleged gang up against him by some of the party’s stakeholders. However, it would seem like Oshiomhole was pointing fingers at minor threats while some governors were leading the real deal.
THISDAY is reporting that Amosun and Yari, two the party’s stakeholders whose interests were affected in the recent primaries, are meeting in Abuja to commence the removal process.
They allege that Oshiomhole manipulated the recent primary elections conducted by the national secretariat of the party.
President Buhari is said to have sent messages to the affected states stating that he will make ensure the injustice in all affected states are addressed.
Apart from Amosun and Yari, other governors believed to be disposed to Oshiomhole’s removal are Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi).
The group is set to meet in Abuja to sign an undertaking that Oshiomhole must go. They are believed to be doing this with the full support of the president’s men in Aso Rock, including the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who recently expressed her disappointment with Oshiomhole’s management of the party.
Oshiomhole has however hit back at governors of the party who are moving against him, saying he would not succumb to their antics and impunity.
He has reiterated that his mission is to galvanize the APC into a disciplined and cohesive platform ready to clinch victory at next year’s general elections.
In a response to criticisms coming from some of the APC governors, Oshiomhole vowed that only the party has the power to superintend the primary elections for the nomination candidates not pseudo political empires in the states.
Bottom line: The APC can hardly afford an uprising within its ranks with just four months to the polls. A win-win in this case however will be hard to arrive at. Considering that the primaries have already been conducted and names submitted to INEC, any action by the chairman to substitute names will lead to collision with those other stakeholders.