- Senator Lawal Shuaibu may have lost his battle to get Comrade Adams Oshiomhole sacked as the APC national chairman
- Shuaibu, the party's deputy national chairman (north), had on Monday, May 20 called on Oshiomhole to resign
- Some of the National Working Committee members of the ruling party are said to have refused to support Shuaibu
A report by The Nation indicates that the deputy national chairman (north) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, may have lost his battle to get Comrade Adams Oshiomhole sacked as the party’s national chairman.
The crisis in the ruling party worsened on Monday, May 20 as Shuaibu in a letter called on Oshiomhole to resign as national chairman. He also accused Oshomhole of lack of capacity to build the party.
Shuaibu had said in a letter addressed to Oshiomhole, that: “in advanced democracies, people who failed to add value or build over and above what they met on assumption of duty show some civilised examples, they honourably resign.”
Days later, the immediate past minister of communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, joined the call for the former Edo state governor to quit office.
“I endorse it. The truth is with Oshiomhole, this party would go down by the time President Muhammadu Buhari finishes his second term,” the former minister said.
Sources quoted in the report said the National Working Committee (NWC) members opted to back Oshiomhole because some key opposition figures have been implicated in a plot to cause crisis in APC.
It was also gathered that four key issues brought about Shuaibu’s disagreement with Oshiomhole.
These issues are: reforms of the APC, alleged leadership style of Oshiomhole, mutual suspicion and allegation that Shuaibu ran a parallel campaign structure in 2019.
Most of the NWC members were said to have known about the cold war between the APC national chairman and his deputy as far back as last year, and have become indifferent to it.
Some of the NWC members, sources said, refused to support Shuaibu because of the information at their disposal that some key opposition figures have been plotting to create crisis in APC.
A member of the NWC quoted in the report said: “We have far deeper information on the face-off between the two leaders. With the exception of one or two NWC members, most of us do not support Shuaibu.
“His letter was not new because even when Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was in charge of the APC as the national chairman, he had issues with him.
“So, we have decided to see the fight strictly as a personal affair than a party matter. Attempts have been made to cause disunity and mutiny in APC. So, we decided to support the national chairman of the party in the overall interest and the survival of APC.
“We cannot be dragged into this matter and we cannot be used to cause revolt in APC.”
Another source said: “The truth is that Oshiomhole came with some reforms to do things differently in the party but Shuaibu prefers the old order.
“The APC chairman came with an agenda to cleanse the system and anyone who does not key into his style is usually shoved aside.
“Shuaibu however insisted that Oshiomhole cannot uproot what he inherited. He is of the opinion that the APC chairman should have a blend of the old order and the new order. He asked for consultations and not a bulldozer style.
“But Oshiomhole suspected some moles in the system and he does things with surprise to avoid leakage. He could not trust some of his lieutenants because the opposition was after APC.
“Were it not for the hide and seek strategy of Oshiomhole, PDP would have successfully infiltrated APC and got its strategy for the 2019 polls.
“For instance, Shuaibu wanted the party to pander to the conditions given by defectors from APC to PDP. Oshiomhole drew the battle line with the defectors to instill party discipline.”
Shuaibu was also accused of running a parallel structure during the 2019 polls campaign.
Apart from forming a group, he was accused of running his own campaign.
“He was aggrieved that he was not properly integrated in the scheme of things and he wasted no time in working for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election through his own pseudo-political group,” a source quipped
Findings also confirmed that both leaders later disagreed on the party’s candidates for the Office of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the coming 9th National Assembly.
Meanwhile, a prominent APC chieftain in Kogi state, Dandy Ataja, has dismissed media reports suggesting Governor Yahaya Bello is plotting the removal of Oshiomhole.
Ataja who is a key member of the influential G9 Initiative for GYB in Kogi state, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, June 1, described the report as fake news.
According to him, the news and many others alike are, “examples of the childishness into which the opposition here continues to slide the nearer we get to November 16, the date for the next Kogi governorship elections.”
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