… Accuses him of appointing 9 Edo indigenes as chairmen
Obiora Ifoh, Abuja.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is still receiving more bashing, as the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu on Tuesday bombed him, stating that he is clannish.
Okechukwu, who had defended President Muhammad Buhari on allegation of nepotism, accused Oshiomhole of nepotism for appointing nine Edo indigenes as chairmen of primaries in the States.
In the statement he titled”: “How Comrade Oshiomhole promoted impunity and circumvented due process in APC primary election,” he said that Oshiomhole’s impunity was unprecedented.
He listed the names of the Edo indigenes and states as: Chairman National Appeal Panel, Professor O. Osunbor,Chairman Kebbi State, Professor O. Osunbor, Chairman Abia State, Chief David Iyoha, Chairman Ebonyi State, Senator Domingo Obande, Chairman Enugu State, Professor Moses Momoh, Chairman Niger State Lucky Imafuen, Chairman Kano State, Dr Pius Odubu; Chairman Kaduna State, Chief Matthew Iduyehue and Chairman Akwa Ibom State, Hon Abbas Briamah.
He also alleged that there were other uncountable Edo members for Gubernatorial, Senate, House of Representative and House of Assembly Panels.Accusing Oshiomhole of nepotism and impunity, Okechukwu said, “May I ask Comrade Oshiohmole what is impunity and circumvention of due process and disrespect to our great party, more than authoritarianism? Or did he abide by the fine tenets of democracy in the conduct and supervision of the primaries? Were there natural justice, equity and level playing field? No as exemplified below:-
“There is no natural justice, equity and fair play when Comrade Oshiomhole populated or rather corrupted the primary with his Edo Field Commanders inter alia.
“Comrade Chair, kindly note that the Federal Character principle as enunciated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Constitution of the APC and extant laws, frown at nepotism and food is ready for his cronies. One is of the considered opinion that each state is entitled to one head of the Panel, if pecuniary consideration is not fingered paramount.
“lt is my candid view that each state and Federal Capital Territory have eminent persons to head one panel each, instead of fanning out kindred and cronies as if it were bazaar handouts.
“Accordingly, without being immodest, one challenges Comrade, outside notification and self denial, in the tradition of the anti-graft war of President Muhammadu Buhari, to set up a public inquiry to investigate the Phone Call-Log and possibly accounts of all the Panelists and Comrade’s Aides and associates. Those who petitioned Comrade for alleged corruption seem vindicated.
“For instance, can Comrade in all honesty publicly tell Nigerians why he stopped Enugu State gubernatorial primary mid-way after seamless conclusion of 4 out of 17 LGAs without genuine reason? I was one of those he spoke to and we assured him all is well. Or the unilateral reversal of Indirect Primary Mode of election chosen by Enugu State to Direct Primary, without proper resort to the National Working Committee which approved the Indirect Primary for Enugu State?
“Can Comrade Oshiomhole as a matter of urgent national importance clear the air on the culture of impunity and misadventure he demonstrated in Imo State by handing over the APC to a friendly family? One challenges Comrade Oshiomhole in all clear conscience to tell the world how APC can win Imo State in 2019 in the cliff-hanger he wittingly or unwittingly railroaded our great party?”
The VON DG quoting Oshiomhole, “The Electoral Act is completely blind and our party’s rules also are completely blind to power but it’s sensitive to procedures; it is sensitive processes,” questioned, “Is the Electoral Act or our party’s rules followed in Zamfara, Ogun States or some of us who won the primary election but were shortchanged?”
Further speaking on the person of the APC national chairman, Okechukwu, who was aspirant of the APC senatorial ticket for Enugu West, Enugu State, said,”Methinks Comrade Oshiomhole came with a wrong mindset, kind of ITK – I Too Know. Hear him – “I think that I can say comfortably that about 90 per cent of APC members are happy, it is not possible to have 100 per cent.” Fake News for the silent aggrieved majority.
Secondly, everything his predecessor, Chief John Odigie Oyegun did is evil and he is saint. Oshiomhole better goes home to settle with his brother, before we pay for the sin we never committed. Thank God that Oyegun has been vindicated, though at great cost to APC.
“In sum, let’s thank Almighty God that our dear president is above the fray, as all the contending tendencies will vote for Mr President. The substitution window should be utilised by the APC Leadership to amend some of the vote-death-traps regrettably laid by Comrade Oshiomhole and his gang.”
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