Some aggrieved members of the All Progress Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) has demanded for the immediate resignation of the chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
The members numbering over 50 led by the Zamfara state chairman of the party, Alhaji Lawal Lawani told journalists on Friday night at a press conference after the stalemated APC NEC meeting that Oshiomhole must step down so that the party can embark on far reaching reconciliation of members alienated by the leadership style of the chairman.
“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 practices has taken a downturn, principally due to dictatorial and despotic tendencies of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of the National Executive Committee of the party.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr President who insisted that the Party Organs, at the State, LGA and Ward levels, must be strengthened and accorded due respect with regard to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the Constitution of the Party.
“Most, unfortunately, the facade conducted by the National Chairman, today, the 22nd of November, 2019, as a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, leaves much to be desired.
“He completely ignored Mr President advice and rather 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 regards to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we’re left with no option but to demand that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole resigns his position as National Chairman, in other to stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and practice of true democracy within the party across the country” they said.
The aggrieved NEC members mainly from the north are joined by APC chairmen from Edo, Ekiti, Ondo, and Benue states. They include Zamfara State APC Chairman who addressed the conference.
Others are Arc. Bala Kangiwa, (Kebbi), Habibi Sara, (Jigawa), Ade Adetimeli, Ondo Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, Kano Chairman, Abba Yaro, Venue Chairman, Omotosin Paul, Ekiti, Engr.Mohammed Jibril Iman, Niger, Anslem Ojezua, Edo Chairman, Philips Shekwo Nasarawa Chairman, Rtd Air Com Ikeda, Kaduna, Lakep Dabah, Plateau, Shitu Shitu, Katsina, Isah Sadiq Acida.