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*Insists all decisions passed through NWC deliberative sessions

As more aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, continue to weigh the option of dumping the party, indications emerged at the weekend that the plot to remove the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is gaining more momentum.

This is coming as Comrade Oshiomhole confirmed on Sunday that some stakeholders in the party are ganging up against him and are plotting to pass no confidence vote on him.

The APC chairman had fallen out with some critical stakeholders in the party, including the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, some governors, ministers and members of the National Assembly over the confusion that trailed the conduct of the primaries of the party in almost all the states.

It would be recalled that last week, two APC presidential aspirants that were shut out of the contest, Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha and SKC Ogbonnia, had warned that the APC will lose the 2019 general election unless Comrade Oshiomhole is sacked before the elections.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that most of the aggrieved APC members are having a rethink over defecting from the party and would rather move to remove Comrade Oshiomhole whom they believe is the source of the rift in the party.
According to one of them who spoke on condition of anonymity, “all of us cannot leave the party because of a single individual because that will be the death of APC. It is better to remove the man than everybody defecting to other political parties.”
It was also gathered that several meetings and contacts are being made by APC stakeholders to garner more support and fine-tune strategies to remove the national chairman.
At least 60 lawmakers in the two chambers of the National Assembly are said to have keyed into the plot to sack the APC chairman.
Meanwhile, Comrade Oshiomhole has absolved himself of blame in several controversial decisions taken by the party over the conduct of the primaries and the list of candidates sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC last week.
In a statement issued in Abuja by Oshiomhole’s Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the embattle chairman said he has not, since stepping in the saddle, taken any unilateral decision in the running of the party affairs.

“All decisions, so far taken, passed through the mills of NWC deliberative sessions and enjoyed unanimous resolutions. The records are there. History will justify Comrade Oshiomhole and posterity will vindicate him.”

He described those kicking against his leadership as conservatives that are yet to imbibe progressives’ ideals.

“From the outset, we never expected that those who cherished and supported the status quo, which Comrade Oshiomhole supplanted, would cave in easily under the magnitude of the current political revival that he spearheads.

“Indeed, while the progressives are enamored of change, the conservatives find it difficult to embrace it. That is the current reality in the deliberate effort to rebrand the APC.

“Again, we were not, in the least, deluded that the process of rebranding or rewriting the narrative of the four-year old party would be easy. What we are witnessing in the APC today is Comrade Oshiomhole’s adroit management of the strains and pains that accompany the birth of a resuscitated governing party.

“The leadership provided in the recently-held primary elections and the large-scale integrity of the processes are developments that should hence serve as exemplars in the administration of governing parties.

“Indeed, the message therein is very clear that the party, and not pseudo political empires in the states, has the power to superintend the primary elections for the nomination of the party’s candidates in the general election.

“While the party will not surrender its functions, which are constitutionally circumscribed, to any other entities, it will always be ready to moderate the divergent tendencies and mediate the disparate political camps in the interest of party cohesion.

“This is one of the hardnosed truths that the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC preaches and practices with an apostolic zeal to the chagrin of some influential stakeholders in the states.

“Comrade Oshiomhole envisions an APC that is capacitated to pragmatically build a corpus of leadership and membership that do not only submit to the high ideal of party supremacy but also the credo of party discipline.

“These-party supremacy and discipline- are two fundamentals that had been eroded even before the emergence of the Oshiomhole leadership. It is sad that while the national chairman is working round the clock, some stakeholders have thrown selfish political agendas into the mix to threaten the building of institutional capacity for the APC.

“The suggestion in some quarters, especially by one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the party, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, that the APC cannot win with Oshiomhole as published at page 42 of Saturday Vanguard of October 20, 2018, is therefore unfair, denigrating and baleful of Comrade Oshiomhole’s persona and commitment to a rejuvenated winning machine that the APC typifies.

“The totality of Unagha’s claims, without necessarily addressing them one after the other, tallies with cooked-up narratives being sponsored by some influential stakeholders in their respective states that Comrade Oshiomhole is responsible for all the problems in the APC at the moment.

“These influential stakeholders, according to grapevine, have begun to mobilise to pass a no-confidence vote in the leadership of Oshiomhole, having failed to impose their preferred candidates on the party in the nomination process.

“Rather than resort to needless perfidy at the threshold of a general election, we call on them to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, bolstered by the fact that the Oshiomhole leadership is propelled more by its interest in propriety in which victory for the party could be grounded.

“The crime committed by Comrade Oshhiomhole’s leadership is its disdain for impunity and circumvention of due process perpetrated in some of the states at the pleasure of some influential stakeholders”, Oshiomhole explained in defence of his actions as national chairman.

Speaking further, he stated that he did not become national chairman of the governing party to bring it down a notch from the pedestal of its 2015 electoral victory let alone to preside over its liquidation and expressed optimism that on his watch APC is sure of winning the 2019 general elections.

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