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Oyegun, Oshiomhole and APC’s lingering crisis


As the internal crisis in the ruling APC lingers, with Bola Tinubu openly calling for the resignation of its national chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, one is not surprised that various interests are beginning to use surrogates to subtly promote some candidates as Oyegun’s possible replacement. There is nothing wrong with this. Politicians are political investors. 

When I   read that the outgoing Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, whose second-term as governor ends today (November 12, 2016) has been “pencilled down” to replace the embattled Oyegun as the party’s national chairman, I smelled a rat.  When I add to this what I read earlier that the leaders of the APC in the south-south geopolitical zone have passed a vote of confidence on Oyegun, I concluded that the campaign for Oyegun’s post is now in full swing.

There is no doubt that both the ruling APC and the opposition PDP need to get their acts together for our democracy to thrive. In particular, more than one- and- half years after it became the ruling party, the APC is still behaving like an opposition party that is mired in confidence crisis after losing an election.

The APC needs as its chairman, a calm-headed person and a good listener who has sufficient emotional intelligence to work not just with the President but also with other political gladiators of different ambitions and temperaments. It is not going to be an easy assignment for anyone. But my gut instinct tells me that there is sometimes too much of the labour activist in Adams Oshiomhole – too much of the love of the political podium and too much political combativeness – that makes one doubt if he really has what it takes to be a unifier for a party like the APC.

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