Some aspirants under the aegis of the Coalition of All Progressives Congress Aspirants have called for the removal of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of their party.
The aspirants, in their statement on Monday, said the actions and inactions of Oshiomhole had contributed largely to the alleged division in the party.
In the statement signed by a presidential aspirant, Dr. S.K.C. Ogbonnia, and Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, they said the earlier Oshiomhole was removed, the better.
They therefore appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Executive Committee (NEC) to take certain steps to save the party from the threat allegedly constituted by Oshiomhole to its electoral fortune ahead of the 2019 election.
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The appeal by the group are: “1) President Buhari should use his good offices to occasion an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to pass a vote of no confidence on Comrade Oshiomhole and relieve him of his position;
“2) The NEC should appoint an acting chairman who has what it takes to unite the party and lead it to victory. (PDP had similar challenge before 2011 elections and decisively enthroned an acting chairman that guided the party to victory).
“3) The NEC should appoint a committee to review cases where Oshiomhole imposed candidates and devise ways of refunding aspirants who paid for the exorbitant nomination fees but were denied of free and fair participation and election. There are many creative ways the ruling APC can raise funds besides apparent extortion schemes introduced by the Oshiomhole administration;
“4) Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole must be compelled to fully account for all revenues accrued to the party since he resumed office in June 2018.”
It would be recalled that Oshiomhole’s press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, had on Sunday raised the alarm that conservatives within the party were ganging up to pass a vote of no-confidence on his boss.
He said in the statement that his sin was his refusal to allow continued alleged impunity and circumvention of due process being perpetuated in some states.
However, on Monday, Oshiomhole denied the report of a gang up against him when speaking with State House correspondents.
He said apart from two governors, he enjoyed the support of the remaining governors of the APC.
Oshiomhole said the aggrieved persons were against him because he insisted that things should be done according to the rules.