APC crisis deepens as aggrieved NEC members insist Oshiomhole must resign
The crisis rocking All Progressives Congress (APC) took another twist as some aggrieved members of the party’s national executive council (NEC) are demanding for the resignation of National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Briefing newsmen after the NEC meeting, Chairman of the party in Zamfara, Lawal Liman, who led the aggrieved NEC members, said Oshiomhole’s resignation would provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country.
Liman, alleged that Oshiomhole had usurped the powers of the party’s NEC due to his “dictatorial and despotic tendencies”.
He said, “Most of the goodwill acquired by the party, by reasons of its religious adherence to the provisions of its constitution and the tenets of internal democratic practice, has taken a downturn principally due to the dictatorial and despotic tendencies of Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of NEC.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr President, who insisted that the party organs at the state, local government and ward levels must be strengthened and accorded due respect, with regard to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the party’s constitution.”
Liman said the “facade conducted by Oshiomhole in the just-concluded NEC meeting left much to be desired”.
He said, “Oshiomhole completely ignored Mr President’s advice and defied all known rules for meetings by precluding contributions from members and ending the meeting abruptly, without achieving anything. This is most unfortunate and undesirable.
“Arising from the foregoing and having regards to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we are left with no option than to demand that Oshiomhole resigns his position as national chairman.
“This will stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country.”