Calls for resignation of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from office over alleged misfortunes the party suffered in some states in the last general elections heightened Tuesday in Abuja.
The latest of such calls came from supports groups within the party under the aegis of Coalition of Support Groups after an emergency meeting in Abuja.
The groups in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting, demanded for immediate resignation of Oshiomhole from office as National Chairman to pave way for genuine reconciliation of aggrieved factions within the party in some of the states particularly Zamfara.
The communiqué signed by Dominic Alancha and Ismaila Faruq as conveners reads: “We the coalition of APC support groups have been observing the recent events in our great party, the APC and have come up with a serious trouble shooting and damage control position.
“We have noted with dismay how our party, the APC, has lost grounds in a number of states during the last general elections, all due to the impunity instituted by the leadership of the National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.
“It is on record that in 2015, the APC won elections in all the states without any issues. However, under Oshiomhole’s leadership, the party, in what has now become a bad history, could not conduct primaries in Rivers and Zamfara States as a result of which APC had no candidates for a single elective office in the state.
“More painful was the case of Zamfara State, where after participating in the elections and winning all elective offices, all the votes scored by the APC were voided, paving the way for opposition PDP to be declared winner of all elective offices, including the governorship, the three Senatorial and seven House of Representatives seats. All these happened because of Oshiomhole’s bad leadership.
“Between the last Presidential and National Assembly elections and now, APC had lost several seats for both National and States’ Assemblies to opposition party largely due to the poor handling of the party’s primaries by Oshiomhole.
“We have observed that Oshiomhole’s leadership has now resorted to blaming the leadership of his predecessor, John Odigie Oyegun, as being responsible for the current travails of the party.
” Though we do no wish a return of the Oyegun era as he was a weak leader, we make bold to say that all the structures put together under Oyegun were dissolved immediately after Oshiomhole’s emergence through the congresses he conducted at the wards, local governments, states and national level, hence the former chairman has no portion of blame on the matter at hand.
“We believe that with all the happenings within the APC, and with Oshiomhole in the helm of affairs in the party, there is no way the party will emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections. We feel it is therefore imperative to demand the immediate resignation of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of APC to pave the way for the emergence of a more serious and committed leader that will shepherd the party ahead of future elections.
“As part of his game to stay put as chairman of the party despite his abysmal performance, we have it on good authority that Oshiomhole has contracted the chairman of APC in Enugu State, Mr Ben Nwoye, to contact other states’ chairmen of the party, especially where the APC does not have governors, to pass a vote of confidence on his leadership.
“The chairmen contacted are included those of Benue, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Kogi, Borno, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Kaduna and Nasarawa. Each of the state chairman is being promised the sum of N10 million.
“We believe that this should not be allowed to happen, and Oshiomhole should waste no time in accepting one fact: that he has failed woefully in his leadership of APC, therefore he MUST give way for another person.”
Incumbent National Deputy Chairman of the party Ibrahim Shuaibu had last week through a letter , called on the embattled APC National Chairman to resign which was also reechoed by Oshiomhole’s predecessor, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on Sunday .