…as APC chief blames Oshiomole for party’s woes
In the aftermath of the Edo State governorship elections, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mai Mala Buni, and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While details of the meeting were kept private, speculations are that it may not be unconnected with the just concluded Edo governorship election.
Recall that governor Ganduje was the Chairman of the APC Campaign Committee for the Edo election which was won by the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP against the APC’s standard bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Buni and Ganduje were seen departing the president’s office, just as they declined speaking to State House Correspondents.
Ganduje had led a powerful APC delegation including national party leader, Bola Tinubu and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma. The team had spent the weekend in Benin City to support Ize-Iyamu at the polls.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has attributed the party’s defeat at the governorship election to what he described as the incoherent disposition of the party’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Chief Eze stated that it was Oshiomhole’s “self-styled and kooky steering model” that scuttled APC’s electoral chances and deprived the majority of having their way.
The former national publicity secretary of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, in a statement issued yesterday maintained that Edo State had been added to the league of states like Zamafara, Rivers, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Sokoto, Adamawa and Oyo that are being governed by the PDP.
He said Oshiomhole must apologise to President Buhari and members of the APC for the serial embarrassments and heavy damages occasioned by his hanky and very quirky carriage.
Eze, however, congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki and commended the people of the state for ending godfatherism in the state.
He urged Obaseki to find a place in his heart to forgive Oshiomhole and all those who helped him cause havoc in the APC, and that the former should begin the process of taking back his position in the progressives family which he described as his natural habitat considering his numerous sacrifices and contributions in the formation of the party, assuring him that his place in the APC is still very much reserved and intact.
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