The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Osita Okechukwu,has slammed the party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for being intolerant.
Osita accused Oshiomhole of making efforts to get him expelled from the party.
The VON chairman revealed this in an interview with Punch.
When asked about his alleged suspension from the party, he said:
“Up to date, the purported suspension has not been communicated to me in writing or orally. The much I heard was from radio, television and newspaper advertisement. I had even made inquiries at the national secretariat of our party; I also perused the register and found out that no letter was sent to me.”
When asked about his relationship with Oshimhole and if the party chairman bears any grudge with him, he said:
“I think it is personal. He is Mr-Know-It-All and very intolerant of any contrary viewpoint. I still maintain that he mangled our party’s primaries recklessly.
“He dashed the hopes of our candidates in Rivers State and in many other constituencies. Otherwise, we were friends during the fuel price hike crisis during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s era.
“He was President of Nigeria Labour Congress and I was the National Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, and I represented the association in the fuel price hike talks.
“I suspect Comrade Chairman, Oshiomhole, wants to sideline me. He wants to blackmail me and make me inconsequential when the time comes for ministerial appointments.
“You would recall that the spokesman for Mr President, Femi Adesina, hinted of possible cabinet reshuffle. I find solace in the fact that he (Oshiomhole) is not God.
“Yes! Understand that Comrade Oshiomhole is surreptitiously rooting for 2023 for himself and wants to do everything to sideline those from the South-East.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is aware that the South-East is the only geopolitical zone in the southern belt that has not presided over Nigeria since the advent of zoning of the Presidency between the North and the South in 1999.”