Wednesday, 10 October 2018

'Buhari's minister reveals some governors want Oshiomhole removed as APC chairman'

Some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are demanding the removal of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the party.

According to TheCable, a minister, who craved anonymity, disclosed this to reporters on Wednesday.

The opposition against Oshiomhole is coming less than four months into his tenure. He took over the leadership of the party from John Oyegun in June.

The minister said the aggrieved governors refused to make financial contribution towards last week’s convention of the ruling party and are monitoring how the proceeds from the sale of nomination forms for 2019 elections are being spent.

“Some of the governors who are displeased with the leadership style of Oshiomhole have told President Muhammadu Buhari that Oshiomhole must give way if the APC is to record victory in the 2019 general election,” he said.

“They are insisting that Oshiomhole must go because they can’t work with him for the election next year. They refused to contribute to the APC convention and asked the party chairman to use the N10 billion he collected from the sale of nomination forms. They are also monitoring how he is spending it.”

The minister hinted that strategies to use in removing Oshiomhole were discussed at a meeting with the president on Wednesday.

Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, has come out openly to criticise Oshiomhole whom he described as acting like a mini-god.

The battle to oust the chairman gained momentum after the national working committee of the party screened preferred candidates of some governors out of the 2019 race.

Meanwhile, Rochas Okorocha, chairman of the APC governors’ forum and Imo state governor, said the issue of the party primaries were discussed at the meeting with Buhari.

Okorocha, who was able to pick the senatorial ticket of his party and also ensure Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law clinched the governorship ticket of the party, said the APC is ready to bring the warring factions together so that it can unite to face the challenges ahead of 2019.

Present at the meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Mohammed Abubakar, Bauchi state governor; Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor; Kashim Shettima, Borno state governor and Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor as well as Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.

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