APC Party Members Pressure Oshiomhole To Resign
• Protests hit Zamfara, Minna over APC primaries
• Akeredolu, Sani, others fume, Ita-Giwa returns to PDP
While many consider Oshiomhole as a man of good leadership in Benin as a former state governor, it is a shame it leadership as APC national chairman has nothing positive to replicate in it party. Ever since he emerge as the party chairman, it has always been internal party tussle to sustain it unity. I am either not a lover of APC, but if I will give a good advise to APC if they want to sustain their past glory, Oshiomhole should vacate the seat of it national party chairman position.
Criticism trailing the recent primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) intensified yesterday as aggrieved party members held protests in Zamfara and Niger State.
The demonstration in Zamfara began around 9:00 a.m., with hundreds of members gathering at the party’s headquarters. They marched through major streets, chanting songs denouncing National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and calling for his resignation.
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The protest was led by Aminu Gamagiwa, chairman of Maru local government and the All Local Governments Forum of APC chairmen in the state.
Addressing the crowd, the secretary of the forum, Babangida Mohammed, declared that the party in the state had lost confidence in Oshiomhole’s leadership. He accused the Oshiomhole’s leadership being the national chairman of (APC) to be sponsoring crises in the state and of arbitrary and unconstitutional dissolution of its executive. He also claimed the chairman disenfranchised many loyal members through botched state primaries. Mohammed handed a protest letter to the state APC secretary, Alhaji Sani Musa Mafara, for onward delivery to the National Working Committee (NWC).
From the primaries were also felt in Minna, the Niger State, where protesters reportedly blocked the road leading to Government House, said the party’s leadership replaced the name of their candidate. They claimed the party substituted Jafaru Illiyasu Auna, believed to be the winner of the ticket for Magama/Mariga/Rijau Federal Constituency, with Shehu Saleh, a contestant for the Zone C senatorial ticket. They also claimed the national leadership of the party withdrew the certificate of return from Auna.
In a statement in Akure yesterday, the senior special assistant to the governor on special duties and strategy said: “Those who collected varying and humongous amounts as fees from aspirants during the last grandiose charade called primaries and submitted names dictated to them by a cabal, notorious for capturing political power for unbridled pillage, should be bold to explain their real motives to the people.
“They should be honest enough to deal with the issues. Events, which took place across the country during the political charade, have exposed not only sheer incompetence on the part of the national leadership of the party, but painfully, it has revealed a shocking proclivity towards banditry and impunity.”
Rather than stay in the party, complaining, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa simply returned to the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement released to reporters in Calabar yesterday, she said she could not fathom how the APC could have popular and tested leaders who can muster tremendous goodwill for the party and yet treat them with disdain.
Senator Shehu Sani, who defected Tuesday, described the APC primaries in Kaduna as “organised crime and a coronation of fraud.” A party that wants to “deliver change should not fake a pregnancy,” he said. Until he jumped ship, the senator fought and lost a suspense-full battle to win a return ticket to the legislative chamber.
APC leader, Adams Oshiomhole