Why Oshiomhole can’t continue as National Chairman – Embattled Edo APC Chairman
Embattled Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua has identified likely jeopardy, arrogance and impunity as reasons why Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who was suspended in his ward can’t remain as the National Chairman of the party.
Ojezua in a statement said Oshiomhole has been suspended as a member of the party by his people in Ward 10 of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State and any action taken as the national chairman may jeopardize the APC.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, National Executive Committee of the APC and other leaders of the party avert eminent danger by removing Oshiomhole as National Chairman pledging to work with a properly, fairly and duly constituted Reconciliation Committee that would resolve the crisis in the Edo State
The statement reads, “It cannot be overemphasized that having been validly suspended as a member of the party by his ward, all actions and steps were taken by him as National Chairman is in jeopardy with the likelihood of grave consequences for the party,” he said.
“Rather than heed the advice of his people, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has persisted in his arrogance and impunity. He has continued to make pronouncements and take actions which have further aggravated divisions within the Party thereby moving it towards the precipice.
“The problems which now threaten the very existence of the APC in Edo State started with the conduct of Primaries to elective offices in 2018. In accordance with the resolution passed by the National Executive Committee of the Party, the leadership of the party in the State adopted the indirect mode of primaries but Comrade Oshiomhole decreed that it must be done by direct primaries. However, to avoid rancor and acrimony which have the capacity to heat up the polity and being sensitive to the fact that Comrade Oshiomhole is from Edo State, we complied”.
The statement further added, “While we pledge to work with a properly, fairly and duly constituted Reconciliation Committee to resolve this long-drawn, needless and avoidable crisis in the Edo State chapter of our party, our position, which we have mentioned and variously reiterated in the past, is that it has become clearly impossible for Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to continue to lead the APC as National Chairman.