By Gideon Njoku
Nobody can confirm, for now, if it is the collective opinion of all the All Progressives Congress, APC, governors. But from the Director General of their forum’s Secretariat, Salihu Lukman, comes a red card for the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
Left for DG Salihu, Oshiomhole should quit from office today, having, according to him, left the APC worse than he met it. He queried the rationale behind Oshiomhole’s taking over from former Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, insisting that the fortunes of the APC have nosedived since Oshiomole.
He cited the number of states lost to the PDP in the 2019 Governorship election, as well as the number of high profile APC members under suspension, wondering why nothing has been done about them and the circumstances that led to their suspension till date.
Lukman described Oshiomhole as “embarrassingly inconsiderate and insensitive to democratic developments.” He also accused him of refusing to hold meetings of the party’s superior national organs.
Lukman: ‘In all my years of association with you, I never imagined that one day, you will be so comfortable as to be indifferent to challenges that could threaten our national democratic development.’
The DG’s strongly worded rebuke was contained in a personal letter he wrote to Oshiomhole, but which he has expressed surprise, leaked.
Political pundits believe Lukman must have had the backing of APC governors. If so, Oshiomhole is in trouble.
Entitled:’APC, Time For Reconciliation’, and dated August 6, the letter reads in part: “As a loyal party member, I have difficulty reconciling the absence of meetings of superior organs, given all the challenges the party is going through, warranting the suspension of three serving governors, (two of them now Senators), and two members of the NEC.
“My distant observation is that there is hardly any difference between your approach to managing the party, and the way Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had managed it during his tenure. Instead, things have really got worse, and painfully, it would appear you are in denial of this reality.
“It will appear that the leadership problems facing the party are getting deeper, and in the circumstances, the business of building the party will be sacrificed.
“We had challenges that deprived our party the opportunity to contest the 2019 election in Rivers, stripped our party of electoral victory in Zamfara, engendered highest levels of leadership animosities in Imo, Ogun, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano, Ondo, Oyo, etc. Today, with Kogi and Edo governorship elections approaching, similar leadership animosities are defining political life of the party in those states.
“It is a painful reality that we have found ourselves in a situation of near-stalemate in many states under your leadership”
At the time of this report, Oshiomhole has not responded to Lukman’s letter. Oshiomhole has, in the past couple of months, been under intense criticism over his chairmanship of the APC, and especially, over the crisis that has engulfed the party in his home state, Edo, where not a few people are accusing him of wanting to play both the role of a godfather and an emperor at once.