Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), is currently facing oppositions from his own party men who wants him out at all cost
At the moment, the ruling APC has an uncanny resemblance of a house divided against itself. This situation is somewhat inevitable–given the renewed attempt to enthrone party supremacy–and exists for tenable reasons. Despite the party’s mediocre performance in power so far, lauding the gallant efforts of national chairman Adams Oshiomhole to reform APC doesn’t deserve to be overlooked.
Contrary to mockery of the consequent bickering within by opposition parties and their supporters and pejorative label of Oshiomhole as “Destroyer of APC.” This happening has to happen for a way forward in APC. Most public office holders in the party seek to make the party a mere appendage of their political interests, an opposite of internal democracy. Growing disclination toward Oshiomhole, again, shows the price of trying to do the right thing.
Conspiracies against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole are no longer in short supply. News about most APC governors being dissatisfied with the former Edo State governor’s leadership and a plan on the stocks to pass a vote of no confidence on him are widespread. Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari, Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun, and Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha are reportedly unhappy with him, largely because their anointed successors are left hanging in the balance. Their choice candidates were hand-picked without recourse to the position of other party stakeholders in their state, hence the hullabaloo.
Adams Oshiomhole, in a bid to carry everyone along, encouraged direct primaries conducted by various panels set up by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). Absence of undisputed emergence of preferred candidates of these outgoing leaders has led to loud calls for Oshiomhole’s removal.
Even President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t share the view of these men to impose candidates on the party for selfish gains; he has repeatedly directed them, after hearing their complaints, to the national chairman. How can a governor on the verge of completing two uninterrupted tenures in office be still hellbent on selecting who in particular should succeed him and dictate party candidates for other public offices in a state, often without wide consultation? Who do they think they are? God Almighty?
It is this megalomania that contributes to the wrong persons finding their way into sensitive offices and impoverishing the people. Oshiomhole’s crime is majorly his concerted efforts to reduce such impunity and disorderliness to the barest minimum. Other party members should also be allowed to have a say on who represents APC in the coming elections. Although Adams Oshiomhole has his own issues of proneness to be domineering, his current demonization by fellow party bigwigs is part of the price to be paid for APC to change her leading poor governance record.