- Adams Oshiomhole has lambasted critics who want him removed from office
- The APC national chairman said those calling for his resignation were envious of his achievements
- Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki of Edo state have been at loggerhead over the control of the party in the state
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has lambasted some party chieftains who were demanding for his resignation.
Premium Times reports that Oshiomhole said that his critics were only envious of his achievements.
The former Edo governor has been faulted by some of his party’s loyalists for his leadership style, which they believe was responsible for the persistent crisis within the party.
It would be recalled that one of the highlights of his conflicts is the feud with his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, which has created factions within the party’s state chapter.
Legit.ng gathered that Obaseki had ascribed the cause of the feud to his refusal of his predecessor’s ‘godfatherism objectives’ in his government.
Oshiomhole had, on Thursday, January 2, after the presentation of 2020 card to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, told journalists that those clamouring for his resignation were envious of the achievement recorded since his emergence as party chairman.
He said: “It’s a tree that bears fruits that attracts stone. You hardly see people throwing stone at a dry palm tree. But if you see a mango tree when it is its season, people throw stones at it when passing. I think that is my lot but my report card is also very clear.
"You, my comrades (media), should also help in interrogating the process (of) how the performance of a National Working Committee of a political party should be evaluated. I think the evaluation should start mostly (by) how many elections did you lose, or lost."
Oshiomhole recounted that Buhari’s victory at the last presidential election and recent states election victories as parts of his leadership achievements, skipping states like Bauchi, Oyo, Sokoto where the party lost out to the main opposition, PDP.
“We, the executive members of the party were sworn in on the 3rd of June 2018, at about 6 pm. Two weeks later, we went to Ekiti to contest the election against a PDP incumbent, governor Fayose, and we won. And Kayode Fayemi today is the governor of that state. A few months later, we went to Osun state, we contested a by-election, we won and we had the Osun State governor elected for his first term.
“Then we went for the national elections, you know all the tension in the country at the time. The gap between President Buhari and the former candidate of the PDP Abubakar Atiku was about four million voters. The one between President Buhari and former president Jonathan in 2015 was about three million. So, under my leadership, this President has more votes than the first runner-up, we would like to claim credit for that because if it went the other way, we would be crucified," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Charles Idahosa, a chieftain of APC in Edo state said the state governors on the platform of the party were inching closer to removing Oshiomhole.
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