By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
As the crisis within the All progressives Congress (APC) deepens, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the ruling may soon lose his position it was recently. gathered.
Credible sources said President Muhammadu Buhari has caved in to pressure and has technically endorsed his removal as a solution to the intractable crisis rocking the party.
One of the sources within the party said the President who has hitherto supported Oshiomhole may have decided to back out as majority of the elected governors on the party’s platform have demanded Oshiomhole’s removal .
From latest developments in the party, it seems the President has had enough of the crisis in the party under Oshiomhole’s leadership, especially when state governors who are key stakeholders have declined support for him. The President is no longer standing with him and that can be seen in recent political developments in his home state Edo.
A source, who is familiar with the development, said the President gave the blessing for Oshiomhole’s ouster after some stakeholders in the party and some state governors elected on APC’s platform convincingly argued against the National Chairman’s continued stay in office during a meeting with the President.
The source, who craved anonymity, told an online medium that the process to ease the embattled Chairman out of office has started, adding that if he refuses to resign he would be forced out “using the machinery of state.”
“Oshiomhole has been told that the president wants him to leave the post but he is going round grandstanding, lobbying people close to the p m President and even using members of his family to beg with the hope that the President can be convinced to change his mind. He’s done. His time is up,” the source said.
The source who asked to remain anonymous said Buhari had until recently stood firmly by Oshiomhole, who has been at loggerheads with key stakeholders and did not heed the President’s admonition to resolve the crisis within the party. His critics say he is too high-handed, proud and lacks the capacity to manage a political party as diverse as the APC.
The crisis in the party on Tuesday took a new twist as a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was marred by a shouting match over the announcement of Waziri Bulama as the new National Secretary by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Comrade Salihu Mustapha, National Vice Chairman, North East, the zone where the office of National Secretary was zoned to, accused Oshiomhole of highhandedness and not following the party’s constitution on the matter.
After storming out of the meeting, Mustapha, told reporters that Oshiomhole was not qualified to preside over the NWC meeting because a court had approved his suspension by the chapter of the party in his home state, Edo, where he is in a bitter political fight with the Governor Godwin Obaseki and the state executive of the party.
In Tuesday’s meeting, a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party said Mustapha spoke the minds of other members who are tired of Oshiomhole’s dictatorial rule.
“Yes, there is division in the NWC already. Some members of the NWC are on the same page with their governors who want the National Chairman out. The NWC is currently divided into two right now- those who want Oshiomhole out and those who want him to remain.
“Many believe he is unfit to continue to preside over the affairs of the party since his home in Edo is in political turmoil. Aside that, he has been suspended from home as a member of the party. How can such a man be presiding over the affairs of the party and you expect peace?”
Speaking on the development, Barr. Anselm Ojezua, Edo state Chairman of the APC, said they are in support of Mustapha’s position as they have always maintained that Oshiomhole’s continued stay in office as National Chairman is an illegality having been suspended from office.
Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims
The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.
Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.
He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.
Kogi Inferno: Gov Obaseki Condoles With Kogi Govt, People And Wish Them Fortitude To Bear The Loss
The newly returned Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, over the tanker explosion which claimed many lives.
In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.
“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”
The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos
A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.
The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.
The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.
He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.
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