John Odigie-Oyegun, the former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has reaffirmed the position of the Deputy National Chairman of the APC (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, that Adams Oshiomhole lacks the capacity to run a political party.
Oyegun in a recent statement criticised how his successor is currently running the APC.
Naija Buzz had few days ago published a leaked letter from Senator Lawal demanding for the resignation of the current APC Chairman, Oshiomhole, saying that he lacked the capacity and required experience to run a political party.
Oyegun’s statement came as a response to the South-South chapter of the APC who had blamed him for being behind the recent demand for Oshiomhole resignation.
The South-South APC had asked the APC Deputy Chairman to apologise to Oshiomhole, saying that it was the former chairman who instigating crisis, adding that it was the problem he (Oyegun) created in the party that is currently causing the ongoing crisis in APC.
The former APC Chairman in a statement issued in Abuja however described the South-South APC claims as ludicrous and infantile.
“Oshiomhole fails because he lacks the temperament that is required to run a political party. He lacks the capacity to manage the different interests and tendencies that constitute a political party.
“He engages his mouth before engaging his mind, so he offends party members. So, how does that constitute traps by Oyegun, the erstwhile chairman?”
The former APC Chairman further reaffirmed the position of Senator Lawal, saying that Oshiomhole takes decision on behalf of the National Working Committee of the APC. The APC Deputy Chairman had in his leaked letter revealed that the APC Chairman does not consult them before taking decision. According to him, they only get to hear announcement about the decisions already taken by the Chairman.
“He acts in direct opposite of decisions taken by NWC. No minutes of NWC meetings which, in any event, take place outside the party secretariat.
“How would you not have crises in states with the confusion that Oshiomhole created when he gave the states freedom to choose their methods of choosing candidates for elections?
“Much of the crisis in states arose out of sheer incapacity on the part of the current chairman. How does this Oshiomhole’s incapacity become traps by Oyegun?”
He further noted that many APC chieftains were angry and disappointed over the injustice against them during the 2018 party primaries under the leadership of Oshiomhole.
This explains the situation in Zamfara State. Senator Kabir Marafa, a chieftain of the APC, apparently felt cheated by the party; consequently he decided to seek justice in court.
Senator Marafa’s decision to seek redress in court led to the sacking of all candidates of the APC in the 2019 general elections held in Zamfara State.
Only a bad carpenter quarrels with his tools. Indeed Oshiomhole is degrading and demarketing the party. Rather than seek to bring more people on board, he is chasing people out of the party with his agbero style of engagement,” he added.