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Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu: A Confused APC National Publicity Secretary

By Dr Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu: The Masturbation And Ejaculation Of A Confused National Publicity Secretary Of APC
He is an unknown quantity in the Political circle. Specifically, he is a Scalar quantity because he has no direction. I am not supposed to belittle myself responding to the outbursts of the impostor National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
I say this because he was not properly elected or appointed the Party’s National Publicity Secretary. Recall that at the National Convention of APC where National Officers were elected, ALHAJI Abdullahi Bolaji Adamu emerged the National Publicity Secretary.
However, following the decamping of Senate President Bukola Saraki from APC to PDP, Abdullahi Bolaji Adamu being the Senate President’s boy voluntarily resigned his position and followed his master.
The lacuna created by the resignation of Abdullahi Bolaji Adamu created the opportunity for the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena to step in as the Acting National Publicity Secretary. To say that Yekini Nabena performed Creditably is an understatement.
He indeed became the eye of the Party. But just as he was about to consolidate his position, one unknown quantity, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu was suddenly smuggled through the back door, and imposed on the Party as the National Publicity Secretary.
His emergence is clearly a breach of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the APC (Article 20(1).
Ever since Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu assumed the position, he has
continuously dragged the Party to the mud without shame or remorse,
thereby confirming the insinuation that he was planted in the Party to
create disharmony, confusion and disequilibrium.
One of his stupid outbursts was contained in publications in almost
all the National Newspapers (The NATION, Daily SUN, Vanguard, New
Telegraph etc) of Thursday, October 25, 2018 Edition. In the
Newspapers publication, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu exposed the
Inconsistencies, lack of Internal Democracy and Imposition of
Candidates by the National Working Committee of the Party, APC.
Let us hear him, “Reacting to the crisis in Kaduna State APC,
Issa-Onilu insisted: “It was the outcome of the Primary properly
conducted. The Party tried to protect its members in the National
Assembly for obvious reasons by offering Automatic Tickets. We tried
to protect our legislators by offering them Automatic Tickets, but the
people said no. If they say No, there is nothing the Party can do. It
is within their rights to say we must go to the field. The initial
efforts of the Party did not get the blessing of other people in the
area who are entitled to bid for positions. The Primaries were
eventually conducted, but Senator Shehu Sani opted out, he relied on
the earlier decision. At the end of the day, no matter what plans you
have, even though you are acting on expedience, Rule of law and
Democracy will prevail. It is Democracy that prevailed in Kaduna”
The questions now are: If the situation in Kaduna APC has been Adopted
by the NWC, why is the same NWC of the Party reluctant to give Imo APC
similar treatment? Since Politics is local, and Kaduna APC insisted on
primary, and the NWC bowed to the outcome of Primaries in Kaduna APC
despite the offer of Automatic Tickets; why has the same NWC refused
to bow to the outcome of Imo APC Primaries that took place on the 6th
of October 2018? Why did the Adams Oshiomhole led NWC-APC offer
Automatic Tickets to people who did not participate in the APC
Primaries in Imo State? Why did the Party not respect the rights of
the other Aspirants who insisted on going to the field to test their
political strengths? Why has the NWC not allowed Democracy to prevail
in Imo APC as demonstrated in the 6th October 2018 Primaries?
Graciously, the Imo State Working Committee of APC has spoken with one
voice, with its letter to the National Chairman on the 22nd of October
2018, and published in most National Newspapers on the 24th of October
2018, for the General Public to take note.
Clearly, the Senator Hope Uzodinma led dissident group in the Party
has been declared Persona Non-Grata at all levels in Imo APC. One
therefore begin to wonder why this dissident group who reportedly
joined the Party barely five months ago is being treated with kid
gloves by the National Working Committee of the Party, as have been
confirmed by the unknown quantity called Lanre Issa-Onilu.
It is also on record that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole told the whole
world that there would be No Automatic Tickets in APC (See Daily SUN
Newspaper Edition of Thursday, July 12, 2018, page 11. Why then did he
give Automatic Tickets to Senator Hope Uzodinma led dissident group?
In the said publication(Daily SUN Newspaper Edition of Thursday, July
12, 2018, page 11), Adams Oshiomhole said “We have lots of options in
our Constitution. We have the option of Direct Primary. By Direct
Primaries, you remove the power from Delegates to Party members and
so, if you think that you can compromise the Delegates and undermine
the wishes of the majority of our members, we will call our members to
do the voting. So all these options are open. If we ask you to do
consensus, and you want to do one man show, knowing that one man show
cannot do election, we will Neutralize those abuse of privileges by
allowing Direct membership participation. The leadership cannot be
Compromised or Intimidated, and we will not misuse our privileges to
deny anyone of our members appropriate opportunities to contest and
have the opportunity to serve the country” Oshiomhole warned. Unquote.
That was Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on the marble.
Why then has Adams Oshiomhole compromised the leadership of the Party by giving Automatic Tickets to dissident Aspirants in Imo APC who did
not participate in the Direct Primaries of 6th October 2018, where
clear winners emerged?
I hope Adams Oshiomhole know the legal, Social and Political
consequences of his ill-conceived action.
Politics is local and Imo APC will never allow ABUJA to impose
Candidates. This will be resisted with every fiber of our strength.
I Rest My Pen
Hon Citizen Dr Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI, MKDA (EKENWOHIA NDIGBO)

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