APC Edo Crisis: Suspension Of Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Others …NWC Awaits Reconciliation Committee Report

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress says it upholds the suspension of its Edo chairman, Anslem Ojezua,  while awaiting the outcome of a fact-finding and reconciliation committee set up by the party on the Edo crisis. The party also expressed concerns about the crisis in the state chapter.

In a series of tweets via its verified Twitter handle @OfficialAPCNg

Yesterday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu expressed regrets that “this is happening in spite of the various steps the party has taken to find an amicable resolution.”

Continuing, he tweeted, “Recall that party leaders such as the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, and other eminent party leaders had all tried at various times to ensure that the issues did not escalate. Sadly, these interventions have not yielded the desirable results.”

He said the immediate concern of the NWC was how to ensure that unity returns to the ranks of the party in Edo State.

“In achieving this, we have decided to constitute a high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee of party leaders to meet with all disputing parties to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved.”

Disclosing how the party was notified of the sacking and counter-sacking of its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole on the one hand; and that of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy on the other, Onilu said, “the meeting of the NWC, which held , Wednesday, at the party’s national secretariat, received a notification of the suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua by eleven of the 16 members of the Edo State Working Committee.”

“We have reviewed the process they followed and conclude that they have fulfilled the required conditions.We therefore uphold the suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua, while we await the outcome of the fact-finding and reconciliation committee.”

Meanwhile, the Progressives Governors Forum has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman Adams Oshiomhole to convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to address the party’s challenges or resign his position.

“It is either Comrade Oshiomhole respect the provision of the party constitution and convene superior organ meeting to deliberate on all our challenges, or he should just accept his inability to manage the party and simply resign,” Progressives Governor Forum Director-General Salihu Mohammed Lukman said in a statement.

“In the current circumstance, nothing short of a NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party can resolve all our increasing organisational challenges as a party.”

Lukman’s criticism comes a day after APC Edo State chapter suspended Oshiomhole.

In Oshiomhole’s suspension letter, Edo State APC chairman Anselm Ojezua accused him of being behind the party’s internal crisis.

There has been a growing internal crisis within the APC before and after the 2019 general elections.Some of the party’s aspirants that lost their primary elections of different political offices passed a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole and accused him of corruption.

The APC was denied participation in Zamfara and Rivers State governorship election following court rulings that the APC in both states failed to conduct credible primary elections. Oshiomhole was largely blamed for the incidents.

Lukman said Oshiomhole ought to focus on working to win elections for the party but had lost grip of the party with local politics in Edo State.

While Oshiomhole and Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki still have unresolved differences, Lukman said it is painful to see Oshiomhole devalue himself to a local factional leader from a very high pedestal of an illustrious national leader.

“What legacy is Comrade Oshiomhole hoping to achieve as a National Chairman by running the party in a way that suggests almost zero commitment to issues of party development?,” Lukman queried.

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