According to reports, about 15 governors under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC) are unhappy with the conduct of the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Oshiomhole has been accused of high-handedness and was widely criticized especially for the conduct of the party primaries that took place in states of the country recently.
It will be recalled that First-lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari also called Oshiomhole out over the party’s primaries while Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, said Oshiomhole was acting like a mini-god.
According to THISDAY, 15 of the 21 APC governors have collected signatures for his removal and are planning to converge on Abuja on Tuesday to finalise the plot to remove him.
The newspaper said the aggrieved governors, being coordinated by one of them from the south-west, are planning to force a national executive committee (NEC) meeting that would unseat the national chairman.
But Oshiomhole, who is an activist, has vowed not to succumb to intimidation.
Blaming those he referred to as “conservative elements” for spearheading a plot to pass a vote of no confidence on him, Oshiomhole said their main grouse was his insistence on party supremacy and discipline.
Oshiomhole,in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, said:
“APC under the national chairmanship of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is in safe hands as the party marches, sure-footedly, to victory in the 2019 general election. This is the overarching mission of the national working committee (NWC) of the party under his leadership,” the statement read.
“To be clear, comrade Oshiomhole did not become national chairman of the governing party to bring it down a notch from the pedestal of its 2015 electoral victory let alone to preside over its liquidation.
“Rather, his single-minded goal, from the outset of his declaration of interest in the position, was to deploy his capacity in helping to strengthen and reposition the party as a truly supreme and disciplined political entity.
“Although, it might appear fortuitous to some persons that he became national chairman at the threshold of the 2019 general election; the truth is that there is no accident in predestination.
“From the outset, we never expected that those who cherished and supported the status quo, which Comrade Oshiomhole supplanted, would cave in easily under the magnitude of the current political revival that he spearheads.
“Indeed, while the progressives are enamored of change, the conservatives find it difficult to embrace it. That is the current reality in the deliberate effort to rebrand the APC.”
He said since Oshiomhole took over as chairman, he has not taken decisions unilaterally.
“All decisions, so far taken, passed through the mills of NWC deliberative sessions and enjoyed unanimous resolutions. The records are there. History will justify Comrade Oshiomhole and posterity will vindicate him,” he said.
“Therefore, with eyes firmly fixed on the general election, especially the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the scheduled February 16 poll, comrade Oshiomhole assures all stakeholders in the APC of his respect for them. He assures them of his readiness to work with them for the good of the party.”
Oshiomhole emerged chairman of the ruling party at the national convention held in June and has led the APC to victory in two governorship elections – Osun and Ekiti – and polls at national and state assemblies.