APC, Oshiomhole and the distressed governors

December 4th, 2018

By FRED NWAOZOR

Even an outsider in the Nigeria’s politi­cal sphere wouldn’t claim ignorance of the melodrama being acted by the current National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the gov­ernors of Imo, Ogun and Zamfara States in the per­sons of Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun and Ab­dul-aziz Yari, respectively.

The scene that could best be described as in­triguing isn’t unconnected with the primary elec­tions conducted recently by the APC under the watch of the party’s Na­tional Working Commit­tee (NWC), particularly as they concerned the gover­norship race in the afore­mentioned states.

It’s not anymore news that the governors in question were ab initio reportedly making fran­tic effort to foist their fa­vourite candidates on the ruling party for the forth­coming guber polls in their respective states.

Their dreams apparently became futile few weeks back when Mr. Oshiom­hole publicly informed the teeming Nigerians via a press briefing that he had refused to please a few members of the APC who felt they could ma­neuver the party’s activity, thereby displeasing the majority who ought to be the prime determinant of the party’s doings.

Oshiomhole’s unequiv­ocal declaration triggered mixed feelings among the overall party faithful and the entire Nigerians, especially those who ini­tially presumed the boss was the governors’ instru­ment. As some were busy commending the former Edo State governor, some others opined he had shortchanged their inter­ests hence condemned the move in its entirety.

In his words during press briefing, Mr. Osh­iomhole told the world that the NWC led by him had fairly chosen to dance to the tune of those they felt had the support of the party’s majority. He therefore notified that since the said aspirants emerged victoriously at the party primaries that took place in their various states, their names would be outrightly forwarded to the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) as the party’s substantive candidates for their respective states’ gu­ber elections.

The wishes of the trio or distressed governors, which was tagged by the NWC as that of the mi­nority, was finally silenced when the electoral um­pire eventually published the comprehensive list of the candidates for the impending gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in the 36 states across the federation.

Since the emergence of the latest development, the trio has ostensibly insisted on its struggle. On his part, Gov. Okoro­cha alongside his allies has frantically vowed to confront the outcome through any available le­gal means towards ensur­ing that his son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu becomes the guber flag-bearer of the APC.

It would be recalled that in his speech, Mr. Osh­iomhole had asserted that Okorocha was making ef­fort to create a “political dynasty” in Imo whereby all political offices in the state come 2019 would be virtually occupied by his relatives or whosoever that’s ‘ordained’ by him.

Funnily enough, react­ing to the insinuation, the governor concurred with the assertion, stating he was only ensuring that after his exit as the Imo number one citizen, the state would be managed by his likes or those who mean well for the Eastern Heartland; a claim that has reportedly resulted in uncontrollable laughter in different quarters within the state.

The issue at hand is that Oshiomhole has been ac­cused by the trio of ma­nipulation. It’s equally in the know of the public that the boss had been ac­cused of collecting N50m bribe to alter the APC primaries held in various states. The allegation had since been refuted by the accused person and the Department of the State Service (DSS) has as well reportedly interrogated him in that regard.

As various concerned groups and individuals have called on the Inde­pendent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to thoroughly investigate Ohiomhole, it would also be imperative for the ex­ercise to be extended to the aggrieved bigwigs of the APC. It’s already ru­moured in some quarters that a certain governor al­legedly offered the boss a sum of $500,000 but “he rejected it”.

It’s noteworthy that mil­lions of Imolites – both home and abroad – have already applauded the APC’s guber candidate for Imo, Sen. Hope Uzodin­ma for ensuring that Gov. Okorocha didn’t succeed in his dogged bid to build a ‘political dynasty’ in the ancient state.

It’s similarly worth not­ing that most of the acco­lades were allocated to the revered Imo Deputy Gov­ernor, Prince Eze Madu­mere whose unequalled cum unquenching de­termination and vigour led to the current joyous scene.

However, now that the APC as a family has thus far been inconsequential­ly overstressed by those who were meant to cater for her welfare, it’s per­tinent for the leadership of the party to go back to the drawing board with a view to restrategize if they are really looking forward to embracing victory at the fast-approaching 2019 general elections.

Since the downpour is eventually over as antici­pated, the best thing that could happen to the rul­ing party at the moment is to ensure that all major injuries incurred so far are reasonably healed prior to the awaited polls. To actu­alize this, some vital tools such as apologies, prom­ises, hand of fellowship or what have you, which invariably beget sense of belonging, mustn’t be rel­egated to the background.

Hence, it isn’t all about constituting a reconcili­ation committee but do­ing the needful headlong. Think about it!

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