- A plot to oust Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the APC chairman was resisted by some of the party governors
- Governor Hope Uzodinma, especially, challenged his colleagues opposed to Oshiomhole and made sure they didn't have their way
- The Imo governor was supported by his colleagues from Gombe, Borno, Ogun and Lagos
A report by New Telegraph has detailed how Comrade Adams Oshiomhole retained his job as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite huge opposition from some powerful party chieftains.
According to the report, the plot to oust Oshiomhole was foiled by some governors of the party sympathetic to his cause.
It was gathered that APC governors almost exchanged blows at their meeting in Abuja, which preceded their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The meeting was for the APC governors to arrive at a position on Oshiomhole before proceeding to the Villa to meet with Buhari.
Tempers flared at the meeting when Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, who also doubles as chairman of the APC governors, came up with a post-meeting communiqué, which endorsed Oshiomhole’s ouster.
The communiqué was meant to be presented to Buhari as the position of the governors on Oshiomhole, but troubled started, when Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, challenged Bagudu on how the stand was arrived at.
A source at the meeting said: “Uzodinma, who faulted the move which would have sealed Oshiomhole’s fate, practically charged at Bagudu over the communiqué, describing it as a fraud.
“He was supported by his colleagues from Borno, Ogun and Gombe states; Babagana Zulum, Dapo Abiodun and Inuwa Yahaya.”
The pro-Oshiomhole governors went on to threaten to move against Bagudu as chairman of APC governors.
Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Nasir El-rufai were, however, absent from the meeting. Both governors are said to be opposed to Oshiomhole retaining his seat.
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has declared that the ruling party is not divided.
He made the statement after he resumed his position on Tuesday, March 17 following an Appeal Court ruling reinstating him as the chairman of the party.
He said the APC is united and not divided and will be used as an instrument for the development of Nigeria.
According to him, parties that are pro-people usually have more challenges than conservative parties, adding that the APC remains strong.
The former Edo state governor also said he is willing to reconcile his style of leadership with that of other members of the party so they can work together.
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