583 views | Emmanuel Anthony | March 10, 2020
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been told to resign without further delay as he is not an experienced politician.
Making the call in a chat with newsmen on Monday, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, the National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG), said Oshiomhole dug his own grave by being too aggressive.
The senior lawyer also said that Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the party cannot save the former Edo State Governor.
Recall that Oshiomhole was suspended by a Federal High Court in Abuja as the APC National Chairman last week.
Justices Danlami Senchi had ruled that the APC National Chairman should step down pending the determination of a suit seeking his removal from office.
The judge had ruled on an application of an interlocutory injunction following his suspension as a member of the APC from Etsako ward 10 in Edo State.
The former Labour leader, however, approached the Federal High Court, Kano to quash the order and this has escalated the crisis in the party.
Sharing his opinion on the crisis that has turned the ruling party apart, the Lagos-based legal practitioner said, “This is really funny as one would have expected him (Oshiomhole) to know that it’s only the Court of Appeal that can do that.
“Oshiomhole dug his own grave by being too aggressive. He is not an experienced politician per se.
“He should have known that politics and activism are two different things. He is more of an activist than a politician.
“He should bow out in honour or be humiliated. The APC as a party has already concluded to show him the way out. I seriously doubt if Buhari can save him.
“I don’t also believe that Tinubu, the National Leader of the party can save him. He is indeed the architect of his misfortune. Party Politics don’t go well with party activism.
“Buhari is not really in the firm grip of APC. It’s most likely that before the end of 2021, APC will split. It’s obvious that the choice of who takes over from Buhari may very likely lead to the disintegration of APC.”
Similarly, the Abia State chapter of the APC has described the embattled national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomihole as a civilian dictator.
The party claimed that the national chairman destabilized the APC in the state by deliberately allowing opposition PDP card-carrying members to pick the APC tickets which led to the governing party’s poor performances.
Mike Ozoemena, the factional Publicity Secretary of the Emmanuel Ndukwe-led State Working Committee (SWC) APC in Abia, made the claim during a radio programme tagged,
“The Platform” in Umuahia, the state capital on Monday.
He said the calls for Oshimohole’s resignation by many APC leaders was not borne out of 2023 presidency.
Ozoemena said the demand for the national chairman’s resignation following the purported suspension slammed on him was to correct injustices that were perpetrated before, during and after 2019 general elections.
Recall that some aggrieved members of the party had dragged Oshiomhole to court in a move to get him removed as National Chairman.
Following the suit filed at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court, Justice Danladi Senchi had ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as National Chairman of the party pending the determination of the matter.
However, a Federal High Court in Kano State had on Thursday vacated the order of the court.
But, the embattled national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has appealed the Abuja High Court’s decision to suspend and deny him access to the party’s national secretariat.
In the disclosed appeal documents, Oshiomhole has challenged the court ruling that suspended him.
The defendants in the case include Mustapha Salihu, the deputy chairman of the party (North-East).
However, according to the Abia APC spokesman, “Oshimohole succeeded in destabilizing Abia APC with his abysmal handling of the party affairs and primaries in the state. It is not about 2023, it is about correcting the injustices of the party, and get APC on a solid foot.
“You know in party politics, you don’t join a party at the national level. You join the party at the ward level. So, once you are not a member of the party, you can’t be a member of the party in Abuja. That’s why if you are joining, you will ask to go to your ward. If your ward says Mike, you are no longer our member, that is it. Because of his arrogance, Oshimohole did not go to court to contest it. The same yardstick which he (Oshimohole) measured somebody else particularly our Vice-chairman in the North-West, forgetting his time has come now.
“Because he is fighting a war at home, his governor is the leader of the party got his ward to suspend him and ratified by his local government area and the State. So, he ceases to be a member of APC. As the court rightly said, there is no way you will be a non-member and you are still presiding over the party at all levels.
“Nigeria today, President Muhammadu Buhari is the leader of APC in Nigeria while in Edo state, the leader of the party today is Governor Godwin Obaseki just as he was when he was the governor. Comrade Oshimohole after meeting President Buhari last Friday, he wanted to return back to the party secretariat in Abuja, the police stopped him”.
He added, “if he had the backing of the President, the President would have asked the IG of police to vacate the place. But, as we speak now, the place has been locked up, because he is not the national chairman of APC going to the order of a competent court of the land. So, until he (Oshimohole) vacates that order, he ceases to be our national chairman. That’s the way it is.
“We are a law-abiding party. This APC is predicated on the rule of law. Now, he has been caught up with the kind of things he was doing to other people. There is no room for dictators in APC”.