A report by the Nigerian Tribune indicates that the removal of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is now certain. This is as 13 out of 20 APC governors have now officially endorsed Oshiomhole’s removal as the party’s leader. Oshiomhole was recently suspended by his party at his ward, local government and state levels. Allegations that triggered his suspension include; alleged highhandedness, misappropriation of funds and disregard for the rule of law.
Governors of the party are of the opinion that the ruling APC, has in recent days been going through a lot of turmoil due to Oshiomhole’s high-handedness.
The APC has also been battling with internal unity, especially in its National Working Committee (NWC), and many see Oshiomhole has the cause of the crisis. It was alleged that Comrade Adams, single-handedly appointed a national secretary for the party without any constitutional backing. Also, he was accused of unconstitutionally inputting Lanre Issa-Onilu and Waziri Bulama into the NWC of the APC single-handedly. Oshiomhole was also accused of constantly for disobeying court orders and going against the provisions of the party’s constitution. The APC governors had earlier asked the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party to immediately replace Oshiomhole. The governors through the director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, on Friday, March 6 also asked Oshiomhole to quit. At the moment the APC at the national level has been factionalised and the situation is said to have made the governors apprehensive that the party may be destabilised.
While a group in the party’s NWC called for an emergency NEC meeting, another group declared the meeting illegal. In a related development, a recent media report indicates that the recent crisis in the ruling APC is a power-play between the party’s governors and their national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Those in the know say the latest crisis is part of the bid to grab the soul of the APC for the 2023 presidential fight.