*Group asks him to resign or be forced out
*Oshiomhole unfit to lead a 21st century party -Oyegun
By Ezeocha Nzeh
Immediate past National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and a group of APC stakeholders in Oshiomhole’s home state of Edo have joined the condemnation of the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the APC with the APC stakeholders asking him to resign.
National deputy chairman of the APC, Senator Lawali Shuaibu began the call in a personal letter he wrote to Oshiomhole, listing the various reasons why he must resign his position as APC National chairman.
The shocking call from Edo state APC stakeholders, is however in contrast to the position taken by the six chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-South region to defend the APC National Chairman.
Addressing journalists at the weekend, the Edo APC Coalition for Progress, challenged Oshiomhole “to toe the path of honour and resign immediately,” alleging that he “is the one promoting nepotism in Edo politics” and the nation at large.
The spokesman of the Coalition, Dr. Peter Ologun, disclosed that the group would soon organize a one-million-man march against Oshiomhole soon in Abuja, should he fail ‘to immediately’ step down as the chairman, adding that they “no longer have confidence in him.”
While regretting that Oshiomhole has led the APC as an emperor, the group alleged that his leadership led to the shameful defeat of the party in Zamfara, Benue, Adamawa, Rivers, Bauchi and Imo states respectively.
Making reference to Oshiomhole’s alleged incessant interference and fuelling of the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the APC, the group noted that President Muhammadu Buhari, despite having the powers in his hands, had never interfered in the affairs of Katsina State and other states, but, in Edo State the situation was the reverse.
“Even in the height of the late Chief Tony Anenih’s reign, Edo had the advantage of his influence in gaining political power at both state and national levels, but what we have seen in recent times in Edo State is a situation where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one directly promoting nepotism in Edo and National APC,” the group alleged.
It claimed that “Oshiomhole’s resignation will help us recover the party from imminent collapse,” adding “the only way justice can be done to those involved in anti-party activities during the 2019 general elections is for Oshiomhole to resign from the party.
“APC members now live in fear because of Oshiomhole’s ineptitude and behaviour. He has suddenly turned the state into a place of anarchy, from the position of being a leader to an emperor who does not take advice from anybody. We the stakeholders, feel that Edo State is above anybody. He has no capacity to lead the party and therefore he should honourably quit the party as the national chairman,” the Edo APC Coalition for Progress added.
The group alleged that the fortunes of the party were depleting on a daily basis and pointed out that “Oshiomhole’s continued stay in office will no doubt culminate in the demise of APC in Nigeria.
“If Oshiomhole refuses to toe the path of honour by tendering his resignation letter, Edo APC members would be left with no option but to stage a one-million-man march in Abuja to peacefully enforce his removal from office as the National Chairman of APC.
“We have no option than to join the popular call across the country on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to resign with immediate effect. This is to enable us to recover and rebuild the party from where Chief John Odigie Oyegun left it in June 2018 when we had majority governors, controlled the Senate and the House of Representatives, when we had few cases if at all in the various courts across the country.”
…Oyegun knocks Oshiomhole, says APC chair not fit to lead a 21stcentury political party
Amidst calls for his resignation by party stakeholders, national Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole was on Sunday attacked by his predecessor, John Odigie, who slammed him of lacking the capacity to lead a 21st century political party
Oyegun, who was the immediate past national chairman of the APC absolved himself of allegations by the South South chairmen of the party, who accused him of being behind the current travails of his successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, alleging that he laid a bubby trap for Oshiomhole to fail
But Oyegun in a statement issued Sunday by his Public Affairs Adviser, Ray Murphy, described the former labour leader as a master of the art of deception and author of confusion.
He described the allegations as “ludicrous and infantile” as well as “an attempt to dream up justifications for the failings of the party under Oshiomhole’s chairmanship”.
Oyegun, who had remained silent since he left the party leadership in June 2018, when Oshiomhole emerged, said Oshiomhole has continued to falter because he lacks the temperament required to lead a political party in the 21st Century, adding that statement of booby traps is ludicrous and infantile, an attempt to dream up justification for the failings of the party under Oshiomhole’s chairmanship.
“Oshiomhole fails because he lacks the temperament that is required to run a political party. He lacks the capacity to manage the different interests and tendencies that constitute a political party”, said Odigie-Oyegun.
While accusing Oshiomhole of always acting according to his whims rather than the resolutions of the National Working Committee (NWC), the statement equally defined the party chairman as one ruled by his tongue rather than his mind.
“He (Oshiomhole) engages his mouth before engaging his mind, so he offends party members; so, how does that constitute booby traps by Oyegun, the erstwhile chairman?
“Already, the Deputy National Chairman, North, has confirmed that Oshiomhole runs the party without recourse to the NWC. He acts in direct opposite of decisions taken by NWC. No minutes of NWC meetings which in any event take place outside the party Secretariat”, Odigie-Oyegun stated.
He also spoke of how Oshiomhole led the party into its current wave of crisis, faulting the indecision of the Chairman with regard to adopting a uniform template for the conduct of the last primaries of the party before the general elections.
He noted that much of the crisis in states arose out of sheer incapacity on the part of the current chairman wondering how Oshiomhole’s incapacity becomes booby traps by Oyegun.
“Many party men were aghast at the unfairness and injustice meted them during the primaries process. “Oshiomole and his chairmen should leave his predecessor out and face his duties of running the party which seems to be overwhelming him. He should face the dwindling fortunes of the party which he himself created.
“Only a bad carpenter quarrels with his tools. Indeed, Oshiomhole is degrading and remarketing the party. Rather than seek to bring more people on board, he is rather chasing people out of the party with his “agbero” style of engagement”, the statement added.