- says he doesn’t support the removal of Oshiomhole
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has opposed the call by some aggrieved members of the APC, to remove the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Some state governors had accused Oshiomhole of hijacking the primaries that were held in different states across the country and replacing the lists of successful aspirants with his personal names.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday hosted aggrieved members: The State lawmakers, the governorship aspirant and the National Assembly aspirants in an attempt to resolve the internal crisis, according to The News Agency of Nigeria.
However, NAIJA CENTER NEWS gathered that Oshiomhole is currently resting in the United States of America and wasn’t present at the dinner meeting at the Presidential Villa.
NAN reported that the President had met with Oshiomhole 24hrs before he called for the meetings with the angry members.
Today (Wednesday), Ahmed Bola Tinubu held a closed-door meeting with the President which might not be unconnected with the issues raised by the aggrieved aspirants during the dinner and Buhari.
The APC leader, according to Punch Newspaper, revealed why he met Buhari.
He said he discussed the nation, Nigerians, peace, stability and economic progress with the President.
When asked if he was in support for the call to remove the National Chairman, Tinubu, Punch Newspapers said “No”, adding that members are expected to respect party supremacy.
He said “No! We all have to respect party supremacy. “You were all here when we had the Congress. We elected the new executives. We had the convention and the NEC was formed.
“We surrendered to avoid conflict, domination, abuse of power.
“We surrendered our rights, all rights, to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole, that the NWC should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. We signed off for it.
“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options: consensus. Where there is no consensus because you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.
“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy.
“The freest option, the less cumbersome is direct primary; line up and count the number, 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.
“Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals, internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn against that. You cannot turn against all of that. No!
“Party is supreme. Party must be respected. Abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose, too bad.”