Signs that Adams Oshiomhole, the embattled national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not regain his seat are emerging notwithstanding some last gasp attempts to force some of his lackeys on the party as members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
First, the party’s Acting National Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, announced that the emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting slated for March 17, 2020 would hold.
Giadom went to on declare that though Oshiomhole announced the inclusion of former Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Mr. Waziri Bulama as Deputy National Chairman (South) and National Secretary respectively shortly after the court ruling on his suspension, he remains the highest ranking official of the party constitutionally empowered not only to convene the party’s NEC but also the convention.
Besides, party sources also confirmed that although President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be unconcerned with the goings on in the party, he has actually bought into the argument of party stalwarts that, based on his alliance with a chieftain of the party with 2023 presidential aspiration, Oshiomhole should be eased out to have a level playing field for all.
Giadom’s utterances has also come on the heels of explanations from a chieftain of the Rivers State chapter of APC that Oshiomhole’s travails were self-inflicted, and that it was malicious and mischievous for the embattled national chairman to create the impression that the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, was part of those orchestrating his removal.
According to a chieftain of the party in Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the fact that Oshiomhole attempted to smuggle in new appointees into the party’s NWC after his suspension shows his devious plans for APC.
Eze called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and save the party from the antics of the suspended national chairman, warning Oshiomhole to withdraw his “bogus and unsubstantiated claims that Amaechi is the brain behind his ordeal.”
Eze said: “It is unfortunate and sad that Adams Oshiomhole, the outgoing National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), instead of addressing the woes he has brought to APC, and the issues that prompted some members to seek court’s intervention to oust him from office, is trying to hold on to anything to keep afloat, by insinuating that the APC leader, South-South and Minster of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is behind his unfortunate and current plights.
It is understood that Oshiomhole committed what some party stalwarts described as political sins by forum shopping for a favourable ruling from a Kano High Court, which was a court of co-ordinate jurisdiction with the FCT High Court that ordered his stepping aside, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The Rivers APC chieftain said: “You would notice that while the Kano High Court ruled on an ex parte motion, that of the FCT was an interlocutory injunction which lifespan extends to whatever time it takes to consummate the substantive suit. So by March 17, 2020, the temporary relief he secured from Kano would have elapsed, because ex parte rulings last between seven and 14 days.
“Again, the suspended national chairman also appealed the ruling of the FCT High Court and sought for a stay of execution, but there again, with an acting President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban Mensem, that was just appointed, I do not think she would want to soil her records with a controversial intrusion.”
He stressed that the party has started “searching for a level-headed professional that could steer the ship of the party through safe waters as it prepares for the 2023 election cycle.”