Election Postponement: Oshiomhole Queries Timing Of INEC’s Decision

Election Postponement: Oshiomhole Queries Timing Of INEC's Decision
Adams Oshiomhole                                                                                                            Mahmood Yakubu

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the general elections.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the APC chairman raised concern about the timing of the announcement to shift the polls.

The key issue is not that election was postponed, why at 2am on the day of the elections?” he questioned.

It does not offer me any comfort, I feel you must go further to apologise to the Nigerian nation because you have embarrassed us as a country, and as a people,” Oshiomhole told the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who was also at the meeting.

READ ALSOINEC Chairman Explains Reasons For Postponement Of Elections, Seeks Understanding (Full Speech)

 

He noted that why elections have been postponed in the past, the polls that were postponed in 2015 were at the instance of the then president who attributed the decision to security reasons.

The APC chairman added that the postponement of elections in 2011 was as a result of inconclusive materials, stressing that the nation ought to have learned from mistakes of the past.

He wondered why INEC waited until the day of the elections before realising that there was a need to shift the polls.

Oshiomhole decried that the late announcement by the electoral umpire has resulted to losses on the party of the stakeholders, especially the political parties who have deployed resources for the exercise.

He said, “Serious inconveniences have been caused, Nigerians have been subjected to rude shock, and I think they are extremely cold.

I think we should be honest; I am shocked, I am disappointed, I am disgusted.”

The APC chairman said, “Mr chairman, with all due respect, tell us why by Wednesday you were not in a position, since you acknowledged that the weather was bad, you should have taken all of these into account and announced this postponement at least 48 hours before the due time so that political parties do not have to mobilise resources across 176,000 polling units.”

In his response, Professor Yakubu admitted the electoral umpire regretted the decision to postpone the elections.

He, however, said the commission was confident that the polls would go on as scheduled until the early hours of Saturday.

The INEC chairman said, “For three days, since Wednesday, many of the commissioners, including myself have virtually been sleeping in Abuja Airport.

We mobilised all national assets to ensure that we deliver what remains of electoral logistics to locations and to conduct the elections.”

VIDEO: Oshiomhole Booed, Stoned As Drama Mars Buhari’s Rally In Ogun

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, was booed and stoned at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday.

Things turned sour when the APC National Chairman mentioned the name of the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Mr Dapo Abiodun, while addressing the crowd.

Upon hearing Mr Abiodun’s name, the crowd at the MKO Abiola International Stadium started booing Mr Oshiomhole with some throwing objects at him, prompting security operatives to surround him.

As the crowd trouble continued, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is supporting Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the APM to succeed him, had to intervene and appeal to the crowd to respect the presence of President Buhari.

Many in the crowd were not appeased and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had to be called to give a speech, leading to the return of calm at the venue of the rally.

President Muhammadu Buhari spoke after Professor Osinbajo and when he raised Dapo Abiodun’s hands as the APC flag bearer in the state the anger returned with some still throwing things forward.

A team of security operatives had to shield the President and other officials at the stage while the National Anthem was playing at the end of the rally.

Two Parties, One Venue

Signs that there might be trouble was evident from the outset as many in the venue had placards bearing the image of the APM governorship candidate rather than that of the APC governorship candidate.

Many of the people gathered at the stadium started becoming agitated when former Governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola addressed the gathering.

During his speech, which was in Yoruba, Aregbesola accused those “carrying placards of other parties” of being hypocrites setting the stage for the outpouring of jeers that greeted Mr Oshiomhole’s call for support for the APC governorship candidate.

The crisis that followed the APC primaries in the state and the decision of the National Working Committee of the party to support Dapo Abiodun over Adekunle Akinlade who the governor insists duly won the primaries had pitted Mr Oshiomhole and the governor against each other.

APC NWC Holds Crucial Meeting With Governorship Candidates, State Chairmen, Others

 

A joint meeting convened by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the Party’s State Chairmen, Secretaries and governorship candidates held on Sunday February 10, 2019 at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

The National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who presided over the special meeting stated that the meeting was necessary to review and deliberate on the Party’s preparation and general issues ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

READ ALSO: Elections: Buhari, Oshiomhole, Tinubu, Seek Support Of Lagosians

Oshiomhole stated the party’s national leadership identified the state executives represented at the meeting by their respective chairmen and secretaries as an important grassroots base that will work and ensure the Party’s victory in the presidential, governorship, National and State Houses of Assembly elections.

The National Chairman who hailed the huge turnout of party supporters in the presidential campaign rallies held so far, charged the state executives to work cordially with APC governors and stakeholders in their respective states to ensure the election of all APC candidates.

While Oshiomhole cautioned against complacency, he said the party’s victory in the coming elections is assured judging by the continued support of the electorate and the unprecedented achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He urged party members and leaders not to be distracted, assuring them that the APC will win the general elections in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner.

Elections: Buhari, Oshiomhole, Tinubu, Seek Support Of Lagosians

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, National Leader Bola Tinubu, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi have graced the President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Lagos.

He arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Saturday morning.

The President alongside the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was received by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige and other officials of the party.

Upon his arrival, he met with some business owners in the state under the auspices of Organised Private Sector (OPS) at the Lagos Marina House.

READ ALSOBuhari Arrives Lagos For APC Presidential Rally

The President later left for the Teslim Balogun Stadium for the campaign rally where his supporters awaited him in anticipation.

Others in attendance are the state governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu, Minister of Power Babatunde Fashola, among other party officials.

 

 

 

[VIDEO]: Once You Join APC, All Your Sins Are Forgiven – Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said sins are forgiven when politicians join the ruling party.

He made this statement on Thursday while welcoming new members to the party, at the APC presidential campaign in Benin.

READ ALSO: TRENDING: Buhari Calls APC Gov Candidate In Delta ‘Presidential Candidate’

As Oshiomhole reeled out names of those who have defected from the PDP to the APC, he said, “I am told that there are a lot of very very senior people from PDP who have decided to join forces with President Buhari to take the broom to sweep away PDP and to continue to ensure that APC continues to preside all over Nigeria.

“It includes my own brother, my friend who comes from my own clime, Henry Duke Genebe. He is the former organising secretary of PDP and we also have former vice chairman PDP and leader of Edo North of PDP. We also have my brother Chief Esheshi Godwin. He is also former council chairman and my very dear friend. We have quite a number of other leaders who have come. We have quite a number of other leaders who have come… in fact, once you have joined APC, all your sins are forgiven.”

Amosun Distances Self From Oshiomhole’s Reported Ordeal With DSS

Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun

 

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has distanced himself from the travail of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole with the Department of State Services (DSS).

Addressing journalists on Thursday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the governor said he had nothing to with the alleged problems which the National Chairman of the party is facing with the secret service.

While reacting to media reports that he and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha were behind Oshiomhole’s investigation, Amosun said the question should not be directed to him.

He said, “I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person, so clearly I think that question will not be for me.

“I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight. If there is a need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it.”

The governor, however, did not state any reason for his frequent visit to the Presidential Villa.

He pledged never to say anything regarding the crisis in the ruling party over the recently conducted primary elections.

 

2019: Amosun Replies Oshiomhole, Accuses Him Of Aiding Plot To Hijack Ogun Govt

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State (L) and APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole have continued to trade blames over the controversy that has trailed the conduct of primaries in the state.

 

The controversy generated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Ogun State continued on Saturday with Governor Ibikunle Amosun accusing the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of falsehood and of attempting to help hijack the state government.

According to a statement by the Ogun government on Saturday, contrary to the position of the APC National Chairman, “the only gubernatorial primary held in the state was that of October 02, 2018, which produced Hon Adekunle Akinlade as the winner”.

The statement was in reaction to a press briefing by Mr Oshiomhole on Friday, during which he accused the Ogun governor of taking series of steps in a bid to impose his preferred candidates on the APC and contravening the party’s constitution.

Oshiomhole has also insisted that the authentic governorship primary conducted by the APC in Ogun produced Mr Dapo Abiodun and not Akinlade as the party’s governorship candidate.

The Ogun governor, however, faulted Oshiomhole’s position and the language he used to express the same.

“Governor Amosun notes the unsavoury language used against him by the garrulous party chairman, but he will not descend into the gutter to exchange words with him because where he comes from, there are “acceptable standards of conduct expected of people holding certain offices, a virtue he wishes Oshiomhole would exhibit”, a statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Mr Adedayo Adeneye, read.

The governor explained that the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.

“This is, however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise,” Governor Amosun added, faulting the APC chairman’s criticism of his plan for consensus candidates.

He argued that “Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole)”.

READ ALSO: Amosun Insists Relationship With Buhari Remains Strong

Governor Amosun also accused Oshiomhole of double standards, saying, “The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help”.

“We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State?” he added.

Primary Winners In Limbo?

The Ogun governor called on Nigerians to note the actions of Oshiomhole, stressing that “as at today, November 03, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the house of assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC party candidate form (cf001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State house of assembly”.

For those positions, Amosun said “the primary was conducted on October 07 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms”.

He added, “If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State?”
Furthermore, the governor accused Oshiomhole of unilaterally replacing four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives.

Allegations and counter allegations

At Friday’s press briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja, Oshiomhole told reporters that the party had conducted direct primaries in Ogun State after Governor Amosun tried unsuccessfully to get members of the party to accept “consensus candidates”.

He said rather than comply with the decision of the National Executive Council of the APC, the governor attempted to coerce the party members to do his bidding and accept candidates he unilaterally picked.

The governor’s intention, according to Oshiomhole, came to light at a meeting he convened before the primaries.

Oshiomhole said, “At the meeting – this is no secret, I expect that some of your media houses will have video clips of what transpired at that meeting because it wasn’t a closed-door meeting; it was an open meeting, Governor Amosun in his wisdom decided to introduce a ‘third element’ which didn’t feature in the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

“He announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitutes a consensus.

“And having defined it to mean the pronouncement of the governor, he went on to announce what, according to him, represents a consensus candidate. He announced one Akinlade as the next governor. He proceeded to announce another gentleman, whom he said would be the deputy governor; consensus!

“He went on to proclaim himself as the next senator through consensus and he says the current senator in his own Senatorial zone, Senator Tejuoso, will step aside so that he, Ibikunle Amosun, at the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun State, will proceed to the Senate. According to him, this is his own consensus.

“He went on to also announce that the second Senator also, from Ogun State will step aside and another gentleman will come in place of that senator. And according to him, this pronouncement is a consensus.

“Not done, governor Amosun went on to announce a particular gentleman, who will be the next Speaker. He went on to announce another one who will be the next deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

“Governor Amosun, according to his own definition of consensus, also unilaterally pronounced that of the eight seats of House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. This he claimed is a consensus.

“He went on to list other members of the House of Assembly who will seek re-election and those who will not seek re-election. All through, he announced about 40 names which according to him constitute consensus.”

The APC National Chairman said the party, however, refused to accept the governor’s actions because they were “undemocratic”.

He said, “Our constitution does not recognise emperors. There are not emperors in the APC, if anybody attempts to invent himself as an emperor, it will be an enterprise in futility.

“Based on our rules, we have since conducted primaries and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election that for me has concluded that matter.”

‘A New Chapter’

On his part, Amosun claims Oshiomhole is the one in the wrong and has engaged in “offshore rigging”.

He said, “In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria – a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as “Offshore Rigging”. This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State.

“Lawyers say, “you cannot build something on nothing”. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing”.

The governor also rejected the claims of Oshiomole that he attempted to withdraw the security of the State Electoral Committee when the APC National Working Committee opted to proceed with direct primaries.

“As regards the claim of Oshiomhole that Sen Amosun withdrew the security of the panel, Indabawa, Chairman of the panel, is a retired Commissioner of Police. He came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?” the statement read.

“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the rooftop. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.

“As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy.”

Read The Full Statement By The Ogun State Government Below:

The  Lies  Oshiomhole Represents
.. He and his collaborators will fail in Ogun State
-Amosun
The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has stated that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, lacks respect for truth and decency.
The governor who was reacting to statements credited to Comrade Adams Oshiomole on the controversy trailing the primaries of the party in Ogun State also stated that the design of Adams Oshiomhole and his collaborators to hijack the government of Ogun State and hand it over to a gang of rapacious expansionists in the South West will fail.
A statement signed by Adedayo Adeneye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, states that Governor Amosun notes the unsavoury language used against him by the garrulous party chairman, but that he will not descend into the gutter to exchange words with him because where he comes from, there are “acceptable standards of conduct expected of people holding certain offices, a virtue he wishes Oshiomhole would exhibit”.
Governor Amosun restated the contention of the APC leadership in Ogun State that the only gubernatorial primary held in the State was that of October 02, 2018 which produced Hon. Adekunle Akinlade as winner. He said the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.
“This is however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise. Nigerians will recall that Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole).
The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help. We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State? Is it because it was executed by the Capo Di Tutti in Lagos State?
“We wish to call the attention of Nigerians to another evil being perpetrated by Oshiomhole in Ogun State. As at today November 03, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the House of Assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly. The primary was conducted on October 07 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms. If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State? We want Nigerians to note the duplicity and meddlesomeness of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his gang in the affairs of the APC in Ogun State.
“It is also important to note that Oshiomhole unilaterally replaced four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives. This includes Hon. Mikhail Kazzim, a serving member of the House who won the primaries by defeating Olumide, the son of Chief Olusegun Osoba, with 28,802 votes to Osoba’s 4,209. Oshiomhole removed Hon. Kazzim who won the primaries and replaced him with the man he had serially defeated, not only in the last primary election but also in the general election of 2015. In yet another instance in Ado Odo – Ota Federal Constituency, Oshiomhole substituted the winner of the primary for the House of Representatives, Hon. Rotimi Rahmon with the name of Hon. Jimoh Ojugbele, who did not even contest to go back to the House of Representatives but contested the primary for the Senate and was defeated.
“In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria- a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as “Offshore Rigging”!.  This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State. Lawyers say “you cannot build something on nothing”. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing.
The governor also dismissed the claims of Oshiomole that he withdrew the security of the State Electoral Committee. “As regards the claim of Oshiomhole that Sen. Amosun withdrew the security of the panel, Indabawa, Chairman of the panel, is a retired Commissioner of Police. He came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?
“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the roof top. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.
“As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy.
Governor Amosun concludes the statement with an advice for Oshiomhole:”To Oshiomhole and his motley crew of co-travellers in ignominy, be assured that the music has just begun and we hope that you will enjoy the macabre dance to the music of justice”.
“By the Grace of God and the support of the good people of Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkadir Akinlade will be sworn in as the new governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2019”, the statement concluded.
Adedayo Adeneye
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy
Ogun State
03 November 2018

2019: Oshiomhole Slams Amosun, Okorocha Over Primaries

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday criticised Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his Imo State counterpart Governor Rochas Okorocha for their actions during and after the APC primaries.

At a press briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja, Mr Oshiomhole accused both governors of undermining the APC constitution and democratic principles in a bid to impose their preferred candidates on party members.

The APC primaries had led to crisis within some state chapters of the party with Governors Amosun and Okorocha among those that have publicly criticised Mr Oshiomhole over the manner in which the party conducted the primaries.

Mr Oshiomhole had previously defended his actions insisting he would not sacrifice his conscience to please any governor.

On Friday, he further explained his position concerning the primaries and the aftermath, taking aim at the governors of Ogun and Imo in particular.

The APC governorship primary in Ogun became mired in controversy when the APC’s National Working Committee, which is headed by Mr Oshiomhole, insisted that Mr Dapo Abiodun won the legitimate primary in the state, while Governor Amosun maintained that Adekunle Akinlade was the candidate chosen by the members of the party in the state.

According to Mr Oshiomhole, trouble started when the governor ignored the decision of the National Executive Council of the APC as well as the provisions of the party’s constitution by trying to force the majority of the members to do his bidding – accept candidates he unilaterally picked.

READ ALSO: Amosun Replies Oshiomhole, Accuses Him Of Aiding Plot To Hijack Ogun Govt

He explained that the governor’s intention came to light when he failed to fully comply by the party’s decision at a stakeholders’ meeting he called in the state ahead of the primaries.

Oshiomhole said, “At the meeting – this is no secret, I expect that some of your media houses will have video clips of what transpired at that meeting because it wasn’t a closed-door meeting; it was an open meeting, Governor Amosun in his wisdom decided to introduce a ‘third element’ which didn’t feature in the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

“He announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitutes a consensus.

“And having defined it to mean the pronouncement of the governor, he went on to announce what, according to him, represents a consensus candidate. He announced one Akinlade as the next governor. He proceeded to announce another gentleman, whom he said would be the deputy governor; consensus!

“He went on to proclaim himself as the next senator through consensus and he says the current senator in his own Senatorial zone, Senator Tejuoso, will step aside so that he, Ibikunle Amosun, at the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun State, will proceed to the Senate. According to him, this is his own consensus.

“He went on to also announce that the second Senator also, from Ogun State will step aside and another gentleman will come in place of that senator. And according to him, this pronouncement is a consensus.

“Not done, governor Amosun went on to announce a particular gentleman who will be the next Speaker. He went on to announce another one who will be the next deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

“Governor Amosun, according to his own definition of consensus, also unilaterally pronounced that of the eight seats of House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. This he claimed is a consensus.

“He went on to list other members of the House of Assembly who will seek re-election and those who will not seek re-election. All through, he announced about 40 names which according to him constitute consensus.”

Many key members of the party, however, rejected the consensus arrangements after which the governor said they would have to go for direct primaries, according to Oshiomhole.

The state executive of the party subsequently wrote to the NWC informing them of the plan to conduct direct primaries, which was approved.

After plans were finalised for the direct primaries, the APC National Chairman added, the Governor pulled out of the primary with his candidate after the party refused to do his bidding, describing his actions “undemocratic”.

He explained that afterward, the governor turned to the court but failed to do so after which he resorted to “name dropping” and attempts to intimidate him.
Insisting he won’t be intimidated into supporting illegality, Mr Oshiomhole said,

“Our constitution does not recognise emperors. There are not emperors in the APC, if anybody attempts to invent himself as an emperor, it will be an enterprise in futility.

“Based on our rules, we have since conducted primaries and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election that for me has concluded that matter.”

‘I Can’t Help Create A Rochas Okorocha Political Dynasty’

As for the situation in Imo State, Mr Oshiomhole, who was speaking just one day after Governor Okorocha accused him of acting unilaterally and of lacking the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari, said the governor had himself to blame for the crisis in the party.

He alleged that the governor was only upset with him because he refused to support the governor’s attempt to use the APC as a platform to launch a dynasty which will see his family members and relatives occupy major positions in the state.

Mr Oshiomhole said that it was “embarrassing” that the governor who benefitted from democratic principles enforced by the national leadership of the party wants to be supported to engage in undemocratic actions.

He said, “Governor Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, is a beneficiary of the court process, we rescued him. The primary conducted by my predecessor completely swept governor Okorocha out of the system – from ward, local government to the state.

“What I am not able to do for Governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of the APC to help him to build a political dynasty.”

The APC National Chairman warned that he would not be intimidated by the attacks he has faced because of the primaries in Imo.

“If governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa and use the grounds of Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I won’t accept it,” he said.

“I will uphold the truth in the best interest of the APC members and indeed of the APC people in Imo State. The truth does not require a supporters’ club to stand, it has its own legs, and it can stand.”

Imo Primaries: Oshiomhole Receives Court Order Asking APC To Disregard New Candidates

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has confirmed receiving a court order from the Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice K.A Ojiakor.

According to Oshiomhole, the Chief Judge of the state instructed the party not to recognise any candidate that emerged from a repeat primary election conducted in the state on October 6, 2018.

The party’s chairman stated this to journalists in Abuja on Friday.

He said, “A court order issued by the Chief Judge of Imo State, where Governor Rochas Okorocha heads the executive branch and the Chief Judge heads the judicial branch.

“The judge in his wisdom having had prayers by those who appeared before him including the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, who was the one that obtained the court order which directed me (Oshiomhole) not to have anything to do with any secondary or repeat primary, the governorship primary in Imo State”.

Mr Madumere was one of the aspirants for the governorship election in the first primary conducted on October 1, 2018, which Senator Hope Uzodinma was declared winner.

Oshiomhole insisted that the court order was made in a pre-emptive suit filed by his deputy (Madumere) challenging the directive for a second primary in which a former Chief of Staff to the state, Uche Nwosu was declared the winner.

“In line with the advice of my very dear friend, Rochas Okorocha, we will have nothing to do with the second governorship primary that allegedly produced his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu”, he added.

But Justice Ojiakor has ordered that no submission whatsoever should be made from the repeat primary pending the hearing and determination of the substantive motion on notice which has been fixed for November 6, 2018.

The National Chairman also reaffirmed Mr Dapo Abiodun as the candidate of the party in Ogun State.

He said, “Based on the rules of our party and in accordance with INEC guidelines, we have conducted governorship elections in Ogun State and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election”.

APC Primaries: Oshiomhole Is On His Own, Says Okorocha

 

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is on his own and does not enjoy the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Okorocha said this to journalists after a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the actions of Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman is responsible for the crisis in some state chapters of the party, including Imo State.

As a result of the problem, he said the party had lost up to five million voters.

He accused Oshiomhole of not giving some candidates who won the primaries ticket in the state but rather gives those who did not win the ticket.

“Oshiomhole is on his own in this whole thing; there is no Presidency support for him to refuse candidates who won an election and give wrong candidates who didn’t win the election.

“It is not with the consent of the presidency, so he is on his own”.

Okorocha called on Oshiomhole to respect the rule of law and court orders.

“I also request that Oshiomhole should respect the rule of law and obey court orders where applied”

He said the party has lost about 5 million voters who are angry with Oshiomhole’s handling of the party’s affairs.

According to Okorocha, the National Chairman must be brought to order.

He also denied that he is set to move over to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) saying he cannot leave a house he built and gave the name APC.

 

If Tinubu Is Informed Properly, He Won’t Back Oshiomhole – Okorocha

2019 Polls: Okorocha Discharges SSG, Commissioners, Advisers
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (file)

 

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, is not properly informed about all that is happening in the party.

“If he is informed properly, he would not say what Oshiomhole is doing is right”, he said.

The governor stated this on Thursday to journalists in Abuja, while reacting to Tinubu’s rejection for the call of Oshiomhole’s removal.

On his part, the National Leader said he is not in support of the calls for the removal of the Party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

He rather appealed to aggrieved members to respect the party’s supremacy and channel their grievances through its appeal committee.

2019 Elections: We Are Ready For Campaigns, Oshiomhole Tells Opposition

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has challenged the opposition that the ruling party is ready for the 2019 election campaigns.

During the APC national Convention in Abuja, Oshiomhole stated he couldn’t wait for election campaigns to begin in the country.

“We are ready for the 2019 electioneering campaigns; We believe we have a lot to sell to Nigeria. I can’t wait to have those campaigns begin,” he said on Sunday.

He also challenged the opposition party to bring their candidates, comparing them to APC’s candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari who emerged as the party’s flagbearer during the convention.

Oshiomhole added, “Our opponents are going to produce their candidates, and we will look at their records if they are former governors, we will go to their states and call on their people to show us the evidence or what they have accomplished in their states.

“Because If you cannot manage your house, you cannot manage a community, if you cannot manage a community you cannot manage a state. If you fail as a state governor, you can’t possibly win as a president.”

He emphasised on visiting the states of the opposition to assess their performance and compare their records with that of President Buhari.

The former labour leader also criticised past administrations whom he said intimidated and harassed the opposition.

“As a sitting governor then, I was denied the use of a public airport. Mr. President, sometimes I feel you are too mild. I was under threat of impeachment; I had to remove the roof of my State House of Assembly in order to survive,” he stated.

Buhari scored a total of 14,842,072 votes at the party’s presidential primaries held across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as announced by Kayode Fayemi.

The APC chairman noted that the convention is a reflection of the supremacy of the party over individual interests.