- The rancour in the APC took another twist with some chieftains accusing Adams Oshiomhole of violating the constitution of the party
- The accusation is coming from 12 APC chieftains who have now called on Bola Tinubu to weigh in on the matter
- The chieftains described Tinubu's silence as "disconcerting", saying it is only fair he addresses party members to assure them he still fair and just to all
The rumble in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has further escalated with 12 chieftains of the party accusing Adams Oshiomhole, its national chairman, of going against the constitution of the party.
In a statement on Thursday, June 11, the chieftains claimed that Oshiomhole has “murdered” democracy in the party, The Cable reports.
This was in reaction to some of the actions taken by Oshiomhole in recent times as regards the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state.
“Comrade Oshiomhole has murdered democracy in the APC. As democrats, we believe that such actions are reprehensible and condemnable," the statement read.
The statement was signed by Salihu Mustapha, Udah Polycap, Morphy Ray, Umar Kachalla Zubair, Sylvanus Amechi, Shaba Emangi, Mackor Shaka Momodu, Emeka Enechi, Charles Idahosa, Mohammed Bala Jibrin, Mohammed Aboki Mahmud and Omonemi Yesufu.
According to them, Oshiomhole does not have the power to give one of the governorship aspirants, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a waiver to run for the party’s ticket.
He also does not have the power to write to the Independent National Electoral Commission about the adoption of direct primary before a decision was taken by the national working committee, according to the chieftains.
They said such illegal actions contravened the APC constitution, while also adding that it can only undermine the democratic ethos upon which the party stands.
The chieftains claimed that in a space of one month, Oshiomhole had serially and violently violated the APC constitution.
The APC politicians noted that the time had come for Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, to wade into the matter.
According to them, the silence of the party's national leader is disconcerting
They further said most of the losses the APC has suffered since 2015 were due to the mismanagement of the affairs of the party.
The chieftains said Tinubu needs to come out and assure the party members that he can still provide fair leadership to all.
They said some of Oshiomhole's actions need to be moderated and also made to be in line with the provisions of the APC constitution.
Mustapha and co are of the opinion that the ruling party is giving oxygen to the opposition party, the PDP.
With less than three months into the governorship election in Edo, the rancour in the APC chapter of the state seems to be growing in leaps and bounds more than imagined.
There seems to be a power tussle between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor, Oshiomhole.
As the battle for the soul of Edo state intensifies among political players, the crisis in the state took a dangerous circuit recently as two factions emerged ahead of the party's primary election slated for June 22.
Legit.ng had reported that the two factions, said to be loyal to the duo of Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole, have now been at loggerhead over the control of the party's secretariat.
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