The coalition of 2019 APC presidential aspirants has described the embattled national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, as cancer plaguing the party, asking him to resign or the party will risk disgrace in the upcoming 2019 general elections. The threat was issued in a statement signed by Dr SKC Ogbonnia and Alh Mumakai Unagha on behalf of the coalition on Monday, October 22. The coalition had earlier called for the removal of the former governor of Edo state for his alleged ignoble role in the current crisis subsisting in the party. The group, however, said rather than finding a way to calm fray nerves, Oshiomhole rather issued a statement alleging a gang up against him in his subtle way to intimidate and harass his traducers.
“Unfortunately, however, instead of seeking peace and assuaging hurt feelings from the primaries, which left the party in crisis, Oshiomhole has resorted to the intimation, blackmail, and slander. “If he is not using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to blackmail governors serving under the platform of the party, Oshiomhole is busy throwing tantrums at aggrieved erstwhile aspirants and other party stakeholders,” the group averred. The aggrieved APC aspirants, therefore, concluded that Oshiomhole had become cancerous that’s endangering the survival of the party.
The coalition handed a vote of no confidence and called the APC chairman to honourably resign or be disgraced out of office. It also warned that if Oshiomhole declined to bow out, the party will suffer disgrace, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, in the coming 2019 general elections. “By all indications, Oshiomhole has become a visible cancerous tumour to our great party, and the earlier we cut it off; the better for the party and Nigeria.
But Oshiomhole ought to understand that a broad-based gang-up among party faithful and stakeholders against the party chairman signifies a vote of no confidence. “We, the coalition of aspirants under the All Progressive Congress (APC), wish to states here that the party has already passed a vote of no confidence on the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, therefore, he should resign honourably.
“We maintain that the party risk disgraces, losing the presidential election should Oshiomhole remain as the national chairman of the party. For every obvious reason, the level of division in the party as a clear testimony that the party cannot survive except the chairman resigns. “Even if the party would rig the election in the 2019 general election which of course not, with the various factions and divisions created by the chairman, they are the pointer to the failure of the party,” the group noted.
The group further disclosed that after wide consultations among party stakeholders, it has resolved that President Buhari should call an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to pass a vote of no confidence on Comrade Oshiomhole and relieve him of his position while an acting chairman should immediately be appointed.
The NEC, the group added, should appoint a committee to review cases where Oshiomhole imposed candidates and refund the exorbitant fees to the aspirants who were denied free and fair participation in the primaries, maintaining that Oshiomhole should be compelled to fully account for all revenues accrued to the party since he resumed office in June 2018. Recent media reports had indicated that some members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s kitchen cabinet and a host of governors are plotting against Oshiomhole.
Disturbed by their inability to have their way in the recent party primaries, 15 APC governors, along side their allies in the presidency are reportedly plotting Oshiomhole’s ouster as soon as possible and replaced with someone more amenable to their demands and interests. According to the report, their disaffection with the former Edo state governor stems from their inability to impose their candidates on the party to fly its flag in various elective positions.