By Eric Elezuo
It’s been only four months since Comrade Adams Oshiomhole became the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In those brief periods, all has not been well with the party, the fact that it has won two governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states and considerable number of legislative and local government seats notwithstanding.
Oshiomhole’s pact to mishandling the ruling party as he is being accused of today started quite early in his administration when he started talking tough, and talking down in fellow chieftains of the party. His threats were mind blowing to the extent one would think he was addressing a school boy or even a house help. Such was the power he arrogated to himself in the hope that he was bringing sanity to the party. His intentions were right, but his approach was less than normal. His party members were growing fast in animosity and disunity and above in total disregard and disrespect of both his personality and his office.
He started the path to falling out of reckoning he allegedly hiked the presidential nomination form fees to a whooping N45 million, depriving would-be aspirants the opportunity of throwing their hats in the ring. The aggrieved aspirants, Udeogaranya, SKC Ogbonnia, Mumakai Unagha under the aegis of the Coalition Of 2019 APC Presidential Aspirants in a statement, deposed that the party leadership collaborated to foist Buhari on the party without interrogating his capacity to fly the flag of the party. They therefore called for the resignation of the party chairman. This call has been echoed by not a few party men in recent times
Then came the official parties’ primaries to determine who flies various parties’ flags at the 2019 general elections; APC’s case onec again became an issue. Many party men and women saw stark draconian behavior being displayed Much as many people contested the elections, only a few knew they have either won or lost at the very stage voting, counting and declaration of results. Many others, infact a vast majority never knew the outcome of their results until many days later; some knew by October 25, when Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released list of contestants for the 2019 elections. Such was the impunity the Oshiomhole administration introduced in its wake.
In the shenanigan that characterized the elections, serving governors lost their positions as their anointed candidates were brazenly rejected by the Adams Oshiomhole led National Executive Committee and National Working Committee. He made verifiable enemies, especially among state governors.
In Zamfara, no list of contestants was submitted because the imbroglio that followed the election did not allow collation of results if there was any. The whole set up gave the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu the impetus to call the chairman ‘incompetent’ though he added that he was not working against his removal. On his part, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who lost his anointed candidate to the Oshiomhole power play accused the chairman of conniving with former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to write results in Lagos of an election that never took place.
While Oshiomhole, who has suddenly gone pensive, his voice surprisingly low maintained that it is only one or two governors are not happy with him, The Boss investigation has revealed that all is basically very wrong with his continued stay in office. It is only a matter of time before he is booted out if matters remain the way they are presently. Among the retinue of aggrieved members angry with him include the wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who has vocally and publicly condemned Oshiomhole’s leadership style, especially his roles in Adamawa State during the primary. There is also the constant tossing around of Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, who was left with no choice but to resign. The case of Aisha Hassan is also pronounced. Of course, she threw in the towel and left for another party.
This is because reports have it that plans are being hatched in some quarters to replace the embattled chairman. Already, a former governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri, who unceremoniously stepped down for Oshiomhole in April is being considered as a suitable replacement for the crisis-ridden chairman. Other hopefuls waiting to take Oshiomhole’s seat are former Edo State governor, Mr. Oserinmen Osunbor and former Bayelsa State governor, Mr. Timipre Sylva.
While all three are touted to take over, Ebri seems to have received more anointed blessing as most governors are alleged to have given him their support as one man who can lead the party out of the chaos it was plunged into by Oshiomhole.
In all these however, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained a deafening silence. It won’t be forgotten that Oshiomhole’s promise to Buhari to ‘impeach Saraki in 10 days’ is yet to materialise as the Senate President is still sitting pretty in his position, and like most military generals, they hardly forget a betrayal. But Oshiomhole kinsman, the recalcitrant Ovie Omo-Agege, has stood stoutly for the embattled chairman, daring anyone who has the slightest intention of removing him.
He said: “I know that a Reconciliation Committee is about to be put in place and leaders are going to be reach out to those who are aggrieved, but I can tell you there is no legitimate move to go after Oshiomohle’s seat.
“I repeat, to the extent that it is being contemplated, we will resist it and it will fail. We are talking seriously and you are talking about people who do not matter in the party. For the major stakeholders, there is nothing like that, we are satisfied with the stewardship of Comrade Oshiomhole.
“As I said earlier, yes there is bound to be agitation in every primary, it does not matter who is superintending over the primary, even if you bring an angel to conduct it, there will still be challenges, once again, it is the ability of Oshiomhole to rise above the post primary challenges and address it that matters.
“But I can tell you any move from the South-South or anywhere to remove Oshiomhole from that seat will be resisted and it will fail,” he added.
Reports have it that Oshiomhole’s waterloo may finally descend when the party holds it expanded National Executive Committee meeting which is likelt to come up soon. It was learnt that the meeting will pass a vote of no confidence on the chairman, and force him to tender his resignation thereafter.
The days ahead has so much in store for the chairman, and only time will tell. For now, it is Oshiomhole, going, going… You can complete it if you dare.