By Eric Elezuo
A few months ago, Nigerians, most especially All Progressives Congress (APC) members celebrated the emergence of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the chairman of the party at the helm of Nigerian affairs. Oshiomhole came in with a lot of promise, at least to sustain the tempo of the immediate past chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun if for any reason he cannot improve on it. His first acid test was the Ekiti State governorship election. He won, controversies surrounding the system notwithstanding. The victory was cheered by partymen with a notable cliche of the end justifies the means, apologies to Niccolo Machiavelli. The victory was even more magnanimous as it was wroth against the party of the incumbent governor.
Much as party men applauded the victory, they somehow derided the process, knowing that what goes around comes around. The conquest was followed up with another victory at Osun State in what was clearly an improvement of the charade that took place in Ekiti State a few months earlier. Oshiomhole was becoming a superman, leading his cavalry to victories, how it came notwithstanding. But on the homefront, he was becoming a bully; talking down on party chiefs and members. He once threatened to expel the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige for not constituting a committee, and followed it with a subtle abuse on the president when he told party members that he is not weak like the president. That if the president can tolerate what they throw at him, he would not. His utterances began to be totally uncalled for. A commentator once said that he speaks before he thinks.
Then came the last straw that broke the camel’s back; the party primaries. There was practically no state where the party primary was conclusive. In some states, results were declared without election while in some others, about two or three candidates would have been declared winners before yet another person will eventually emerge. It was so bad!
Zamfara State as a typical example will not be presenting candidates at all levels for the 2019 elections because according to INEC, no election was conducted in the state. Other states like Imo and Ogun among others are still engrossed in disputes with the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun reportedly decamping to the Accord Party.
Party men across the states have accused the chairman of highhandedness, favouritism and much more vices not suitable for a national chairman, saying that he will be the bane of the party as the election beckons. The party has already lost one state even before the election, and that is a sign of where the chairman is leading the party to – oblivion if care is not taken.