These are just not the best of times for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is nowhere to be found as allegations continue that he was grilled by the Department of State Services (DSS) and advised to resign.
A chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, who lost one of the party’s senatorial in Enugu ticket has restated his call for the party’s resignation.
One of Oshiomhole’s political foes and APC Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is regurgitating the refrain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that his party should stop trading blames over Nigeria’s problems as citizens suffer.
Oshiomhole is believed to have travelled abroad.
Speaking with State House Correspondents in Abuja, Okorocha said: “As APC, we are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria. We are responsible for the good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.
“We share the pains of Nigerians; every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience.
“Let us do things the right way and do it once and for all. I am sure that by next year, you will begin to see changes, the price of rice will drop, prices of dollars will begin to stabilise and we will see a lot of challenges.
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy but she has to pass through that moment and that moment, she does not wear her high heel shoes, no makeup, no champagne, no party.
“She is going through a process but shortly after that process, joy cometh once she sees the child. So, Nigerians should bear with us as a government.”
It is believed that Okorocha, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Zamfara’s Abdulaziz Yari, Ondo’s Rotimi Akeredolu are States chief executives who want Oshiomhole removed.
On Thursday, another chieftain and Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, who was a Senatorial Aspirant for Enugu West district
reiterated his call for the Chairman’s resignation.
His words: “Penultimate week ago, I joined the league of APC moral leaders, faithfuls and men of good conscience to call on Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, to honourably resign forthwith the chairmanship of our great party. In his usual narcissistic disposition he refused.
“Gentlemen of the Press, as the Oshiohmole Must Go wave raged, the Department of State Security Service (DSS) got wind of it. They interrogated him and I patiently waited to read in the social or main media from Comrade Oshiomhole and his spin doctors over his tango with the DSS, neither rebuttal nor denial came from them.
“I therefore, once again stridently call on Comrade Oshiomhole to, instead of pontification, grandstanding and running away from the country; to do the needful by honourably resigning the chairmanship of our great party.
“It seems he is running away from duty to evade the substitution window, meant to redress the grievances of some of us, who are casualities of his nepotism.
“It is imperative that he resigns forthwith to save the APC and Mr President in the eve of 2019 crucial general election. One personally would not want the mud Comrade Oshiohmole had accumulated via gross breach of the Constitution of the APC, the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and extant laws to be splashed on neither our great party nor Present Muhammadu Buhari.
“One would not bother you with Oshiomhole’s malfeasance as his nepotism, undue substitution of candidates and Cash and Carry primaries are in the public domain. One once more challenges the DSS to scroll the Phone-Log of Comrade and his nepotic court of cronies.”