A section of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which was apparently not satisfied with the way the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting abruptly ended on Friday, has called on the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to resign his position.
The aggrieved members of the NEC, more than 50 of who signed a statement in Abuja yesterday night, said their decision was reached for reasons including alleged highhandedness of the National Chairman of the party, who they accused of usurping the authorities of the NEC.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the Chairman of Zamfara State chapter of the APC, Hon. Lawal Liman, said Oshiomhole, during the meeting, ignored President Buhari’s call for respect of party organs by shutting down a call for a motion.
The group said: “The Party was positively embraced by the citizens of Nigeria, culminating in record breaking victory of President Muhanunadu Buhari, as the first opposition leader to defeat an incumbent President.
“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 practices, has taken a downturn, principally due to dictatorial and despotic tendencies of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of the National Executive Committee of the party.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr. President who insisted that the party organs at state, LGA and ward levels must be strengthened and accorded due respect with regards to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the constitution of the party.
“Most unfortunately, the facade conducted by the National Chairman today, the 22nd of November, 2019, as a National Executive Committee meeting, leaves much to be desired.
“He completely ignored Mr. President’s advice and rather 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 but to demand that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole resigns his position as National Chairman in order to stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country.”
The press conference that was addressed by the Zamfara State APC Chairman had in attendance Arc. Bala Kangiwa, Kebbi Chairman; Habibi Sara, Jigawa Chairman; Ade Adetimeli, Ondo Chairman; Abdullahi Abbas, Kano Chairman; Abba Yaro, Benue Chairman; Omotosin Paul, Ekiti Chairman; Engr. Mohammed Jibril Iman, Niger Chairman; Anslem Ojezua, Edo Chairman, Philips Shekwo, Nasarawa Chairman; Rtd Air Com Ikeda, Kaduna; Lakep Dabah, Plateau; Shitu Shitu, Katsina and Isah Sadiq Acida of Sokoto State.