Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have called on the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
The call was made at the APC National Executive Council meeting which was held on Friday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Lawal Liman, the Zamfara State Chairman of the APC who is also the spokesman of the APC State Chairmen’s Forum, made the call on behalf of the aggrieved members.
According to Liman who spoke to journalists, the resignation of Oshiomhole who he described as a dictatorial and despotic leader will provide a platform for genuine healing, reconciliation and true democracy within the party.
“Most of the goodwill acquired by the party, by reasons of its religious adherence to the provisions of its constitution and the tenets of internal democratic practice, has taken a downturn principally due to the dictatorial and despotic tendencies of Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of NEC.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr. President, who insisted that the party organs at the state, local government and ward levels must be strengthened and accorded due respect, with regard to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the party’s constitution,” he said.
“He (Oshiomhole) completely ignored Mr President’s advice and defied all known rules for meetings by precluding contributions from members and ending the meeting abruptly, without achieving anything. This is most unfortunate and undesirable.
“Arising from the foregoing and having regard to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we are left with no option than to demand that Oshiomhole resigns his position as national chairman.
“This will stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country,” he added.
Many party heavyweights have repeatedly called for Oshiomhole’s resignation over the crisis rocking the party.
The APC in Edo State, Oshiomhole’s home state, is facing serious crisis. The party members in the state are divided over the crisis between Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Senator Shuaibu Lawal the Deputy National Chairman of the APC North, had called for his resignation. The Director General of the APC Governors Forum has also called for his resignation.
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