Posted by News Express | 31 May 2019 | 1,209 times
More trouble has come the way of embattled National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, with an increasing number of party chiefs demanding that he steps down due to alleged incompetence.
The resignation call, first made by APC Deputy National Chairman, Sen. Lawal Shu’ibu, has been backed by former Governor of old Sokoto State, Malam Yahaya Abdulkarim, among others.
Abdulkarim said in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto that Oshiomhole has demonstrated poor performance since taking over which reduced the party’s capabilities.
“I am 100 percent in support of the call for Oshiomhole to step down for the party to have good leadership that will lead to its progress.
“The party’s national chairman is supposed to lead the party to capture more states, give it right leadership and direction.
“The essence of politics and political party is to win elections, if it fails then it’s not a party,” Abdulkarim said.
He noted that Oshiohmole had met APC leading in 26 states, but ended up losing Bauchi, Adamawa, Oyo, Imo and Zamfara to the opposition.
“Losing control in six states is too much blow for members to bear. If Oshiohmole does not quit, the APC will be dead by 2023,” Abdulkarim said.
Also yesterday, immediate past Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu, from Oyo State, said he would work with other like minds to do everything to force Oshiomhole out.
“The truth is, with Oshiomhole, this party would go down by the time president Muhammadu Buhari finishes his second term,” he said.
On his part, a former presidential aspirant on the party’s platform and a pioneer youth national leader, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, described Oshiomhole as a “cancer” to the party and such must be eliminated if the party must survive.
Unagha was among those who started the “Oshiomhole Must Go” campaign in 2018, shortly after the party’s congresses.
He said: “I have been consistent with my view that Adams Oshiomhole was 95 percent responsible for the problems APC had. You have a man who believes that whatever he says is final and then turned a political party to a labour union.
“I can tell you for free; Zamfara may not be the end of the story. There are lots of cases in court. The reasonable thing for APC, as a party, to do, is to ask Oshiomhole to vacate his seat so that a new orientation can come in; that will help the party move forward.”
Also, Senator Rufai Hanga, founding National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Buhari’s former party, which later merged to form the APC, said Oshiomhole has done enough “damage” to the party and so, he should go, to avoid further damage.
“If members want the party to survive, he has to give way. There are many things happening that I cannot reveal, now, but, they will definitely be revealed later. Look, I have a lot to say.”
•Based on reports by NAN and Daily Sun.
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