Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Executive Council, NEC, have demanded that the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, should resign his position.
The aggrieved NEC members led by the Chairman of Zamfara chapter of the party, Mr. Lawal Liman, made the call on Friday, while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
According to Liman, who is also the spokesman for APC State Chairmen’s Forum, Oshiomhole’s resignation would help in putting an end to the internal crisis rocking the party and “provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country.”
He described Oshiomhole as dictatorial and despotic, accusing him of usurping the powers of the party’s NEC.
“Most of the goodwill acquired by the party, by reasons of its religious adherence to the provisions of its constitution and the tenets of internal democratic practice, has taken a downturn principally due to the dictatorial and despotic tendencies of Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of NEC.
Liman also described the NEC meeting of the party held on Friday as a façade, insisting that the meeting achieved nothing as Oshiomhole shut out contributions from members.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr. President, who insisted that the party organs at the state, local government and ward levels must be strengthened and accorded due respect, with regard to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the party’s constitution.
“He (Oshiomhole) completely ignored Mr. President’s advice and defied all known rules for meetings by precluding contributions from members and ending the meeting abruptly, without achieving anything. This is most unfortunate and undesirable.
“Arising from the foregoing and having regards to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we are left with no option than to demand that Oshiomhole resigns his position as national chairman.
“This will stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country,” Liman said.