There seems to be a ray of hope for Adams Oshiomhole, the suspended national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), even in the midst of his present travails.
This is as Oshiomhole is getting the support of some APC governors (about 11 of them) and the national leader of the ruling party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Daily Trust reports. The timely backing for Oshiomhole came on Sunday, March 15, ahead of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Added to this, Chief Bisi Akande, the chairman of the APC’s reconciliation committee, has urged all rival factions of the party to sheath their swords and withdraw court cases to allow peace reign.
Meanwhile, the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, had reacted to the purported removal of Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the APC.
While speaking to journalists on Friday, March 13, in Owerri, the state capital, Uzodinma said those calling for Oshiomhole’s removal will fail, adding that patriotic forces within the ruling party would 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 would be deployed to ensure that the plan of those plotting his removal is foiled.
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 NEC, adding that anything outside that was illegal.
The governor also wondered why a genuine APC member would want to remove Oshiomhole who, according to him, has done so well for the party.