APC disaster and travails of comrade-chairman

Many chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) need Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stay in workplace as nationwide chairman to consolidate on his achievements within the final two years. Deputy Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the battle for the soul of the ruling get together.

For members of the All Progressives Congress(APC), this can be a second of tension and sober reflection. The get together is enveloped in rigidity and confusion.

APC is polarised by these pushing for the resignation or removing of National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and dedicated get together devoted who’re against his victimisation and dismissal.

To observes, stalwarts who’re bent on eradicating him have their agenda, which they imagine might hit the rock, if the embattled chairman survives his present ordeal.

But, supporters of Oshiomhole imagine {that a} workaholic chairman, who had achieved the get together proud in final yr’s basic elections, shouldn’t be disgraced out of workplace. In their view, the chairman would have completed extra for the platform, if he had been supported by gladiators and discordant forces who opted to venture a particularistic agenda.

Governors, ministers, get together elders and different loyal get together women and men who’re in opposition to Oshiomhole’s unceremonial exit have warned that his removing might, as a substitute of resolving the disaster, irritate the battle.

The disaster reached a peak, following the suspension of the chairman by Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja Federal High Court. There was a misguided jubilation on March four because the courtroom requested Oshionhole to step down, pending the willpower of the substantive swimsuit by Edo State chapter looking for his removing. “There will be peace in Edo,” intoned the jubilant members.

The ruling got here forward of the following National Executive Committee (NEC) assembly, which must be presided over by Oshiomhole. Going by the structure of the get together, which stipulates that the National Deputy Chairman(South), Senator Ajimobi, ought to act as nationwide chairman, if there’s a non permanent management vacuum, the previous State governor, whose choice as deputy chairman had been authorized was poised to fill within the seat.

But, in one other drama, some members of the get together endorsed the National Deputy Secretary, Victor Giadom, to occupy the seat. The transfer sparked a constitutional row.

The drama was a manifestation of the a number of crises rocking the get together, which Oshiomhole has been frantically attempting to resolve. It is ironic that sure privileged leaders of APC are fueling the disaster to frustrate the actions of the  National Reconciliation Committe arrange by the National Leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Since he assumed workplace in June 2018, Oshiomhole  has approached the duty with dedication and sense of objective. The former Edo State governor inherited a platform the place get together supremacy and self-discipline had reached their lowest ebb.  Oshiomhole rubbed shoulders with opposition foes and positioned APC as a celebration to beat. But, he additionally demystified members who thought of themselves demigods. A great iillustration was his combat with the previous governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who wished to garbage the picture of the get together by imposing a relative as governorship candidate. Having proclaimed himself the Messiah of Imo State and turned himself into a skinny God, he sought to retain his exalted throne by parading a puppet to interchange him. His anointed successor was his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.

However, his plans hit the rock. When Oshionhome kicked in opposition to the transfer, he began his warfare in opposition to a stumbling block. The get together selected an appropriate flag bearer and gained the election, because it was later affirmed by the courtroom. To his supporters, the chairman acknowledged the strain between private and collective curiosity and selected to defend the latter.

But for Oshiomhole’s combative method that truncated Okorocha’s anti-party strikes, APC would have been a laughing inventory within the Southeast state.

The similar drama unfolded in Ogun State when former Governor Ibikunle Amosun wished at hand over the baton to one in all his followers, Adekunle Akinlade. If Amosun had consented to a democratic main and mobilised assist for his anointed candidate throughout the three zones as an incumbent, Akinlade would in all probability have defeated Prince Dapo Abiodun on the main.

Apart from his dedication  to foster self-discipline within the get together, it’s on report that beneath Oshiomhole’s  management, APC maintained its profitable streak on the 2019 presidential election. The get together would have exceeded expectations within the governorship elections, if not for the discordant voices that have been against concord.

The chairman made concerted effort to pacify the Zamfara warlords, however with out success.  The disaster in Zamfara was a fallout of the rift between the previous Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabir Marafa. Oshiomhole’s try to resolve the feud solely fetched him extra animosity. Last yr, Marafa alerted the general public on the plot to ship Oshiomhole parking from workplace. He stated Yari was the supposed beneficiary.

Marafa warned: “It is evident that the plot to unseat Comrade Adams Oshiomole by a gang of President Buhari’s adversaries has thickened. This plot is merely aimed at hijacking the party structures and handing it over to Yari,  who till, now is the arrowhead of all the people that harbour a lot of bitterness against the president.”

Yari denied the allegation. But, the anti-Oshiomhole forces are untalented. But, the scheming by the detractors is being countered by supporters of the chairman and anxious chieftains who’re sparing ideas for the way forward for the get together.

The anti-Oshiomhole components are fueling propaganda and amplifying the weak point of the chairman. They are blowing the problems out of proportion. Some of them have invaded the media, portraying Oshionhole as a cussed, highlanded and dictatorial chief who can’t be trusted forward of 2023. They are busy plotting and countering strikes that can put the suspended chairman in good gentle to abort his survival.

In their reckoning, the get together is healthier off for them with out an lively, skilled and workaholic chief, whose cardinal objective is ridding the get together of egocentric and corrupt members.

Even, the opposition believes that Oshiomhole’s unceremonial exit will solely spell doom for APC. The get together is already affected by a conflict of ego. The midnight conferences and closed door whispers are solely a spectre of the pending disintegration.

Much power is being dissipated on the disaster by the governors concerned, and fewer time for governance on the homefront. A cloud of uncertainty is hovering over the ruling get together because the antagonists and supporters of the chairman are waxing stronger and ready for a showdown.

A chieftain, who most well-liked anonymity, stated the onus is on President Buhari to reconcile the 2 divides and avert the looming hazard.

“In whose interest is this problem? Are the big party men thinking about the vast supporters and followers of the party? Who says APC cannot disintegrate, if the leaders fail to out their house in order. The crisis cannot strengthen the party at this time; it can only weaken it. That is why the president, who has not openly taken sides, should act fast and resolve it because delay is dangerous,” he added.

According to observers, APC loved a sure diploma of  decorum when Oshiomhole  assumed the reins. Although he meant properly for the get together, he was misunderstood, majorly as a result of as a combative labour chief and fighter, he couldn’t regulate simply to political prevarication, diplomacy and condescension.

Oshionhole spoke a language that corrupt individuals have been unused to. He crushed egos and promoted selflessness in get together curiosity. He sussessfuly waged warfare in opposition to the opposition. A patriot, and and ideologue, his ardour for professionalism and excellence, two traits which have accompanied him since his days as a union chief, haven’t been compromised. According to a chieftain of the get together, Oshionhole’s final goal is to make sure that get together buildings and beliefs are maintained and never used to serve egocentric ends. This was evidenced in his response to the High Court ruling.

The chairman stated he was extra involved about his legacy than the title. “I worry more about what I will be remembered for when I was chairman rather than how long I was chairman,” he burdened.

To his supporters, Oshiomhole ordeals within the hand of his traducers weren’t because of the promotion of self-interest. He is just not related but with any future ambitions than to see the get together rising from power to power. Indeed, none can accuse him of selling anti-party insurance policies or embezzling funds.

Acknowledging the challenges forward, Oshionhole stated he’s not having sleepless nights.

“Whatever you do, those who want to fight you will fight you. But  I know that my tenure will be defined by God and not man,” he added.

Oshiomhole’s  confrontational model might have attracted intra-party enmity and provoked onslaughts by foes. But, in the event that they achieve forcing him to step apart in disaster and controversial method, the intra-party logjam might linger and the get together might bear the burden of harvesting extra crises in post-Oshiomhole interval.

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