APC Crisis: Plotters Attacking Oshiomhole Afflicted With 2023 Virus, Says Tinubu

File: National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, speaks to journalists.

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has said that the attack on National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, is based on 2023 ambitions of some party members.

Tinubu, who broke silence on the moves to oust Oshiomhole, in a statement on Sunday, stressed that those behind the move are suffering from a sickness he called “old Ambition-virus 2023”.

The APC national leader faulted the move, adding that it is recklessly undermining the party they claim to serve, and also, weaken the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

That sickness is old Ambition-virus 2023. This illness afflicts many in the political class along with their allies in the media. The carriers of this sickness are confused as to the very season our nation now finds itself.

They conflate things, which no sensible person would conflate. The primary symptom of their malady is the driving tendency to believe the events of 2023 will be decided before we even exit the year 2020.

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He maintained that the plotters engaging in political manoeuvring is a major concern to note that they are prone to the 2023 virus.

Stressing further, Tinubu stated that Oshiomhole has been a tireless campaigner and mobiliser for the party and his contribution should not be undervalued.

The Chairman has been a tireless campaigner and mobilizer for the party. He has steered the party through difficult elections. His contributions should not be undervalued now that the bulk of elections are behind us. To do so would be an act of ingratitude.

It is no secret that the Chairman and Edo Governor Obaseki are in dispute. This is unfortunate. However, the party has moved through proper procedures within the proper organs of the party to hopefully resolve this spat.

The plotters launched their attack solely because they perceive the chairman as an obstacle to their 2023 ambitions. People went to court knowing full well the party constitution prohibits such action because these people had not yet exhausted all internal disciplinary procedures. We even had a national deputy secretary improperly call for a NEC meeting on the basis that he believed himself the acting national chairman.

Clearly, this man would not have summoned the temerity to make such a move had he not been instigated by powerful individuals who he thought would reward or, at least, protect him for committing the wrongful act, Tinubu said.

He added that those who have engaged in the moves believe they are clever and understand the political intrigue. He maintained that it is not yet time for 2023 politics to take centre stage in 2020.

This is the time for governance. It is not the moment to bring the politics of 2023 into 2020. In due course, 2023 shall come. Nothing can prevent it. However, that time is not today.  If we are earnest, the present offers sufficient work and challenges for us without trying to add to it by rushing the future.

Tinubu called on all party members to dedicate energies to help President Buhari surmount the challenges facing the country and leave the 2023 frenzy and commit themselves to the harder yet more rewarding task of improving progressive governance, whether within the party or at the local, state or federal levels. 

Those Calling For Oshiomhole’s Removal Will Fail – Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma speaks to journalists. (file photo)

 

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has reacted to the purported removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

Speaking to journalists on Friday in Owerri, the state capital, Uzodinma said those calling for Oshiomhole’s removal will fail.

According to him, patriotic forces within the ruling party will not allow Oshiomhole to be humiliated out of office.

He also accused some members of the party of working with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create a crisis.

“Many of us, leaders of the party, are aware that those clamouring for the chairman’s removal are working with the PDP to destabilise the party but they will fail.

“We will not allow them to humiliate our National Chairman out of office through illegal means or allow any action that will bring the party to public ridicule,” Uzodinma said.

While insisting that the APC chairman has not done anything to warrant his removal, the governor vowed that every arsenal will be deployed to ensure that the plan of those plotting his removal is foiled.

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Speaking further, Uzodinma said the guidelines of the party are clear on how the National Chairman can be removed from office which must be through the National Executive committee (NEC), adding that anything outside that was illegal.

He noted that the plot to remove Oshiomhole is a clear case of witch hunt otherwise those behind it would have come through the proper channel which is the party’s NEC, but they have refused to do so because they know they have no genuine case against him.

The governor also wondered why a genuine APC member will want to remove Oshiomhole who, according to him, has done so well for the party.

Rather than his removal, Uzodinma wants party members to come together, savour their victory at the last elections and plan how to consolidate for the future.

Oshiomhole’s Suspension: Lawyer Drags Kano Court Judge To NJC

 

A lawyer, Andrew Emwanta has filed a complaint against a judge of the Federal High Court In Kano, Justice Lewis Allagoa, for alleged misconduct as a presiding judge.

Justice Allagoa on Thursday set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

According to a petition filed by Mr Emwanta and obtained by Channels Television, the interim order by justice Allagoa was hurriedly granted in favour of the defendants in the suit, less than 24 hours after Mr Oshiomhole was stopped by an injunction from Justice Danlemi Senchi, from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

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He stated that justice Allagoa’s ruling has inflicted a transitional crisis in the National Headquarters of the APC.

Below is the petition filed by Mr Emwanta:

Buhari, Oshiomhole Meet Amid Suspension Drama

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole discusses with President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the Presidential Villa on March 5, 2020.
APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole discusses with President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the Presidential Villa on March 5, 2020.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

This comes 24 hours after an FCT court in Abuja restrained Oshiomhole from parading himself as the party’s national chairman, a move which was set aside by a Federal High Court In Kano.

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Although details of the meeting are still sketchy as at the time of publishing this report, President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad took to Twitter to share photos from the event.

Kano Court Sets Aside Ruling Suspending Oshiomhole As APC Chairman

Court Adjourns Hearing Of Oshiomhole’s Committal Case Till March 20
A file photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

A Federal High Court In Kano has set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Lewis Allagoa on Thursday ordered the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to provide security for Oshiomhole to resume in his office.

On Wednesday, Justice Danlemi Senchi, had granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

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However, hours after the ruling, Oshiomhole appealed the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

The Kano high court ruling was delivered by Justice Lewis Allagoa. But it is yet unclear who filed the case or whether the court has the jurisdiction to set aside the previous ruling.

 

Oshiomhole’s Suspension Ordered To Cause Mischief Within APC, Osagie Claims

 

A former lawmaker and governance expert, Honourable Samson Osagie has reacted to a court order restraining Adams Oshiomhole from parading himself as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osagie’s comment comes a day after Justice Danlami Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from claiming to be the part’s chief.

The former lawmaker who was as a guest on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics on Thursday believes the court order was to create damage within the ruling APC.

“For me, the order is created to cause mischief within the ruling party, the APC. It is an order that ought not to have been granted at all given the fact that there was no basis for it,” he claimed.

“Because the matter is in court and as a lawyer, one fears the possibility of running into the contempt of court, it will be important to look at the facts which of course precipitated this awl action.”

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Speaking further, the APC member noted that “the purported suspension of the national chairman from his ward was done by a suspended ward chairman with a few relegates within that ward executive.”

But the Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Public Affairs, Adaze Emwanta, is not on the same page with the former lawmaker.

The Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Public Affairs, Adaze Emwanta and a former lawmaker and a governance expert, Honourable Samson Osagie trade words on the suspension of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole on March 5, 2020.

 

While countering Osagie’s claim, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s aide regretted while the former lawmaker being a lawyer would think the court order was issued by a judge to create mischief.

“It is quite unfortunate when you hear a lawyer in one breath describe a court order as an act of mischief and in another breath says he does not want to be guilty of contempt. That is contempt.

“The former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole was duly suspended on November 12, 2019 by the ward executives,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has appealed the court judgement which suspended him as the national chairman of the party.

Hours after the court granted an order of interim injunction restraining Oshiomhole from parading himself as APC National Chairman, he filed a suit challenging the decision.

Oshiomhole Appeals Judgement Suspending Him As APC National Chairman

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

 

Mr Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed the court judgement which suspended him as the national chairman of the party.

He filed the suit on Wednesday, hours after a Federal Capital Territory High Court granted an order of interim injunction restraining Oshiomhole from parading himself as APC National Chairman.

In the notice of appeal filed on four grounds, Oshiomhole faulted the “whole ruling” of the trial court which granted the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

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Among other claims, he alleged that the trial court erred in law and arrived at a wrong conclusion which occasioned a miscarriage of justice when it decided that question that his performance as APC national chairman would interfere with the party membership rights of the first to sixth respondents in the suit, at the interlocutory stage.

Oshiomhole who filed the appeal along with the APC, therefore, sought an order of the appellate court to set aside the ruling of the trial court.

Joined as respondents to the suit are Mustapha Salihu, Anselm Ojezua, Sani Gomna, Oshawo Steve, Fani Wabulari, and Princewill Ejogharado.

The Inspector General of Police and Department of State Services (DSS) were listed as the seventh and eighth respondents.

Moments after the judgement which suspended Oshiomhole, a team of policemen took over the national secretariat of the ruling party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The security operatives said they were at the secretariat to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the court ruling.

Addressing reporters at the APC headquarters, a chieftain of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, said the party was law-abiding and committed to obeying court orders.

See the court papers below:

APC Promises To Respect Judgement Suspending Oshiomhole As Chairman

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, speaks when visiting the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retired) at the service headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will respect the decision of the Abuja High Court suspending Mr Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party.

The acting National Secretary of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, stated this while addressing a news conference at the APC headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Giadom, the APC is a law-abiding political party and remains committed to obeying court orders.

He disclosed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would meet soon to deliberate on the challenges facing the APC.

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Meanwhile, a team of policemen has taken over the national secretariat of the ruling party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The security operatives said they were at the secretariat to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the suspension of Oshiomhole by the court.

 

New Officers Emerge

Moments later, the party’s NWC approved the nomination of three chieftains as national officers.

They are Mr Waziri Bulama, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and Mr Paul Chukwuma.

In a statement, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the decision to approve Bulama’s nomination was reached during the meeting of the NWC held on January 14 at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

He noted that the party had given notice for a replacement from the zone, following the resignation of Mr Mai Mala Buni as the APC National Secretary in May 2019 prior to his election as the governor of Yobe State.

The APC spokesman disclosed that Ajimobi emerged as the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), and Chukwuma was nominated as the National Auditor.

He explained that the approval was given following their nominations from the zone.

Senator Ajimobi’s emergence as the APC deputy national chairman comes more than one year after he lost his bid to return to the Senate in the February 23 polls.

Having completed his two terms as governor, Ajimobi was defeated by Senator Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ibadan South senatorial district election.

Court Orders Oshiomhole To Stop Parading Himself As APC Chairman

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted an order of interim injunction stopping Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from parading himself as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Danlami Senchi who granted the injunction on Wednesday said that political parties must be bound by their constitution and having been suspended by his ward, Comrade Oshiomhole is restrained from functioning as the National Chairman of the party pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The judge fixed hearing for April 7 and 8, 2020.

Protesters have been demanding the removal of Comrade Oshiomhole for failing in his duties of providing quality leadership for the party, a call the APC leader dismissed, tagging the group “a non-existing” one.

Oshiomhole Lauds Supreme Court Verdict Dismissing Ihedioha’s Application

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has commended the judgement of the Supreme Court on the Imo State governorship election.

Mr Oshiomhole said the judgement of the apex court has affirmed that the choice of the people of Imo State has been respected.

He spoke to reporters on Tuesday moments after the Supreme Court dismissed the application of Mr Emeka Ihedioha asking the court to review its judgement which sacked him as the governor of Imo State.

Ihedioha had faulted the declaration of Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

The application was, however, dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He said Uzodinma misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office, saying there was no evidence that the governor satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

The judge informed his colleagues on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the election would continue to haunt Nigeria’s electoral jurisprudence.

Also reacting, Governor Uzodinma said the verdict reflected the true feelings of the people of Imo state who voted him into office.

He also commended the judiciary for standing by the truth and promised that his administration would continue to deliver good governance and prosperity to the people of the state.

Governor Uzodinma called on his political opponents to close ranks and join him in developing the state in the interest of the people.

He added that as the only state in the South East with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power, he would embark on political evangelism to ensure the party wins more states in the region.

Edo APC Crisis: I Have Heard Obaseki Say Oshiomhole Should Be killed – Okosun 

The former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Thomas Okosun.

 

The former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Thomas Okosun, has reacted to the ongoing rift between Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Okosun alleged that Obaseki has issued orders for Oshiomhole to be killed.

“Before this time, the governor has threatened that each time Comrade (Oshiomhole) comes to Edo State, he has given orders that he should be dealt with.

What you saw yesterday was an attempt to actually implement that instruction for the governor to deal with Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor in office. His high demand is that he should be killed,” he said.

When asked if he heard Obaseki clearly state that Oshiomhole should be killed, Okosun replied in the affirmative.

“I stand by my allegations; I stand by it. Yes, I have heard Obaseki say that he should deal with him. Yes, I have. It’s on video, it is everywhere,” Okosun retorted.

Reacting to Oshomhole’s reported attack yesterday while visiting his country home in Edo State yesterday, Okosun noted that if not for the intervention of security operatives, the party’s national chairman would have been killed.

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According to him, people who ought to have protected Oshiomhole were the ones aiming at him.

“By yesterday, three people among the boys who came to attack Oshiomhole were arrested with Pump Action. The police will tell you that. What were they coming to do there?

“If you want to ask, the Chief Security Officer of a state is a man who ought to provide security for everybody in Edo State. He is now the one threatening that they should deal with his predecessor in office,” he said.

Meanwhile, a former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele, has called on the governor to settle scores with his predecessor in office.

While asking that peace should reign, he noted that Oshiomhole played a crucial role in the emergence of Obaseki as the governor of the state in 2016.

“What we are looking for is peace. And if you are looking for peace and you see Oshiomhole and Obaseki hand in gloves, what message are you sending to the rank and file?

“It is not a matter of whether you are coming to Edo State and inform the governor. What we are having right now is a situation of whether you like it or not, Oshimhole played a role in Obaseki emerging as a governor,” Esele said.

Again, Protesters Storm APC Headquarters, Demand Oshiomhole’s Sack

 

Another group of protesters on Tuesday stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat demanding the removal of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The protesters described themselves as APC youths from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and they were led by Yunusa Ahmed Yusuf.

The youths claimed that Oshiomhole is failing in his duties of providing quality leadership for the party.

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This protest is coming a day after a group of protesters who described themselves as concerned APC youths stormed the party’s secretariat in Abuja, demanding Oshiomhole’s removal.

They called on President Muhammdu Buhari to intervene in order to arrest what they described as the dwindling fortunes of the party under Oshiomhole.

Last week, the Supreme Court sacked David Lyon of the APC as the governor-elect of the state and declared Douye Diri of the PDP winner of November 16 governorship election in the state.

See photos from the protest below…