The Deputy National Chairman (North), of the All Progressives Congress, Lawal Shaibu has once again publicly attacked Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman, repeating allegations of incompetence and disregard for party processes with focus on the Edo and Ondo elections.
What he’s saying: Shaibu claims that Oshiomhole administers his position arbitrarily without recourse to the party constitution.
- “The ruling party which ought to be a model for others in the upholding of the rule of law, is now the nest of lawlessness. The entire legal framework governing the party administration in Nigeria today, the Nigerian constitution, the party constitution, the Electoral Act, and INEC regulations and guidelines are more honored by the party in breaches than obedience.”
Backstory: The feud between Lawal Shaibu and Adams Oshiomhole dates back to 2019 when the former penned a letter asking Oshiomhole to resign his position over perceived poor management of the Zamfara crisis that led to the disqualification of the party from all elections conducted in the state last year.
- Oshiomhole responded to the letter by suspending him. He only recently rescinded that decision in an attempt at reconciliation after a duel with the governor of his state, Godwin Obaseki, nearly cost him his position.
- The suspension of Lawal Shaibu was framed by former SGF, Babachir Lawal as a move to undermine the influence of the north within the APC.
- Shaibu’s recent letter was provoked by the swearing-in of Waziri Bulama as the party’s National Secretary. He queried the appointment and cited aspects of the party’s constitution that hold that party officers should only be elected in a convention.
Things to note:
- Shaibu makes a good point about lawlessness in the ruling party. The primaries conducted in several states before the last elections were marked by a lack of adherence to the rule of law. But at what point did Shaibu realize all these, because his voice hardly complained before now?
- Solely blaming Oshiomhole for the party’s woes in Zamfara is a bit too harsh. The former Governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, played a major role in the crisis and events that led to the embarrassing outcome at the court. But, yes, the buck stops with the party’s chairman.
Coming up: More tense situations for the APC to navigate in the coming months. The worsening crisis in the Edo and Ondo chapters of the party, where internal wrangling has led to the creation of factions, could cause a repeat of what took place in Zamfara state if not carefully managed.