Tension builds amid plot to abort APC’s planned emergency NEC
There is palpable tension and suspense in the air as various interest groups within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) take disparate positions regarding the planned emergence meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
While elements in the party opposed to the meeting expressed optimism that the appeal and application for stay of execution of the FCT High Court interlocutory injunction filed by the embattled National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, would get favourable ruling, those in support of the NEC insist that there is no going back on the move to replace the chairman.
Oshiomhole’s supporters insist that the Constitution of APC does not envisage a situation whereby award executive committee would determine disciplinary actions against a member of the NEC or National Working Committee (NWC) and conclude that the suspension of the national chairman amounts to no effect.
This is just as representatives of ward chapters of the party nationwide have compiled what they termed the 10 unforgivable sins of the suspended national chairman, praying President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of APC leadership caucus to ensure the replacement of Oshiomhole to “stop further damage and destruction” to the party.
Meanwhile, a stalwart of the party from Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has warned troublemakers seeking to disrupt the emergency NEC meeting to have a rethink, adding that the meeting should be allowed to usher in a new era in the party.
In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday, (Sunday) Chief Eze noted that “the forthcoming emergency meeting of APC’s NEC should mark the end of the Oshiomhole era of brigandage and a fresh impetus for the change mantra that ushered in the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
While commending President Buhari for consenting to the emergency NEC meeting, Eze stressed, “The meeting offers a unique platform to resolve the multifaceted challenges rocking our great party,” even as he expressed the belief that the president must have seen the need for a new beginning in APC by endorsing tomorrow’s NEC meeting.
Eze, who was also the national publicity secretary of defunct New PDP (nPDP), disclosed that with 14 out of 19 state governors of APC endorsing the formal removal of Oshiomhole as the national chairman as well as “his rejection by most APC stakeholders in Edo State and entire the South-South region, instead of indulging in fruitless propaganda, Oshiomhole should hand in his resignation.”
He stated: “In setting the stage for the envisaged new beginning, it would be in the interest of the party to allow the current Acting National Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom to serve as the bridge between the Oshiomhole era and the search for a meticulous substantive national chairman to lead APC’s march to the Next Level.
“The noise from the party was not only caused by the suspended national chairman’s highhanded, avaricious and fickle-minded style of leadership, but also for the impunity and exclusion of critical stakeholders in the management of the entire party structure from wards to the national level.
“At this point, I also wish to commend Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for distancing himself from the damaging style of the outgoing national chairman, which goes to prove that the embattled Oshiomole actually wreaked serious havoc on the soul of the APC.”
The APC chieftain remarked that “while it is obvious that Oshiomhole would not continue in office as national chairman under the present circumstances, the purported query he issued to Chief Victor Giadom, the interim Coordinating Officer of APC, is childish and laughable, because being suspended, he lacks the power to do so.”
He praised South-South APC Caucus for its single-minded resolve to support Giadom’s nomination as Acting National Chairman, stressing that Giadom has “proved himself capable to run the party creditably and in line with the zoning of the post to the South/-South region at the moment.
“We need a fearless, but humane and committed democrat like Giadom to grapple with the onerous task of repositioning the party according to the visions of the founding fathers and in accordance with the APC manifesto.”