Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party of high-handedness in handling the affairs of the party in Edo State.
The chieftains, numbering 12 alleged that if Oshiomhole is not checked, his activities can open the doors for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over the state.
The chieftains made their opinion known in a statement on Thursday in which they accused Oshiomhole of disregarding the party’s constitution.
They, therefore, called on the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to intervene before the party suffers more losses due to the mismanagement of party affairs by Oshiomhole.
The APC members who signed the statement are Salihu Mustapha, Polycap Udah, Mohammed Bala Jibrin, Ray Morphy, Umar Kachalla Zubair, Sylvanus Amechi, Shaba Emangi, Emeka Enechi, Charles Idahosa, Mohammed Aboki Mahmud, Mackor Shaka Momodu and Yesufu Omonemi.
Part of the accusation levelled against Oshiomhole is that he doesn’t have the power to single-handedly grant waivers to Osagie Ize-Iyamu to contest for the APC ticket for the Edo governorship seat.
They also accused Oshiomhole of taking a personal decision to write to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the party had adopted direct primary mode before a decision was taken by the national working committee (NWC).
“It is against this background that we believe that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has a historic duty to come out and assure party members and indeed the Nigerian citizens that he still stands on the pillars of equity, fairness and justice,” they said.
“Let us not be misunderstood. We are not in any way, suggesting that Asiwaju jumps into the fray in the many of the festering and lingering internal disagreements within the APC, requiring reconciliation.
“However, we expect that by now he should be able to provide incontestably fair leadership to all party members, through which some specific actions of the APC national chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole can be moderated and made to conform with internal due processes as provided in the provisions of the APC constitution.
“Comrade Oshiomhole has murdered democracy in the APC. As democrats, we believe that such actions are reprehensible and condemnable. No leadership will condone such illegal actions that can only undermine the democratic ethos upon which APC stands.”
They noted that the actions so far taken by Oshiomhole is capable of plunging the party into crisis and paving the way for the PDP to take over power again in Edo State.
“We are inadvertently giving oxygen to the PDP, a failed political formation that we thought we had castrated in 2015.”
“However, can there be a reconciliation in an atmosphere of impunity perpetrated by the national chairman of APC, which could not have been possible without the tacit green light from the National leader himself?
“We find it bewildering that just within a space of one month, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had serially and violently violated the APC constitution that the silence of Asiwaju, the national leader is disconcerting.”
Naija News recalls the APC governorship primaries for Edo State is scheduled for Monday, June 22.