…NWC did the right thing, Chairman, Imo APC Stakeholders’ Forum
…Imo State EXCO remains- Okorochar
By Ikenna Omeje
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, has described the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshomole as a man with an unwavering desire for lawlessness and rascality.
Adebiyi who was reacting to the recent dissolution of the state and local executive committees in both Imo and Ogun States by the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, said that they are already in court to challenge the decision of the NWC.
“What they have done is of no consequence and illegal.” When asked further, he said that they were already in court before the dissolution. “They are lawless people. Oshiomhole has penchant for lawlessness and we don’t want to engage him in his rascality. We are not going for self-help, we are going legally- to the judiciary to adjudicate and tell us the correct position of things,” he told Nigerian NewsDirect via the phone.
In his earlier response on the issue, Adebiyi said ,” My stand remains unchanged. The dissolution is of no consequence, patently illegal and of course, I would call it executive rascality.
“Between me and you, Oshiomhole was only using the name of the NWC to perpetrate illegality, he is the only person that doesn’t want to see us because of his penchant for illegalities.
“How would you explain in an election year a national chairman behaving that way? All over Nigeria people are not happy with him in APC.
“I believe people are maintaining graveyard silence because they don’t want to rock the boat of the party because of election.
“If not for the interest people have in President Muhammadu Buhari, I can tell you as at today, there will be no APC again because of the actions of Oshiomhole.
“The man is behaving like an undertaker. And I have strong feelings that Oshiomhole is an agent of opposition.
“He was planted by the PDP to destroy APC because in my 44 years in politics, I have not seen anybody at the helm of party affairs behave that way, and yet, you want that party to win.
“It is not done! I have said it severally and I will repeat it, Oshiomhole is behaving as a trade unionist.
“You know that he used to be a professional agitator, he has forgotten that as at now that he is in executive position, he needs to exhibit characters of a good leader.”
Speaking on the dissolution of the Imo State APC EXCO, Chief Okey Ikoro, Chairman, Imo APC Stakeholders Forum, said, “ The party has done the right thing. In fact, they even acted late because if there is no order, there won’t be progress. If there is no order, it shows that there is no leadership. He went on to state, “ If there is no leadership, then people will be moving round the circle.” According to Ikoro, “The sabotage of one’s own party as being orchestrated by Governor Rochas Okorocha and his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, is the height of anti-party activity.”
He finds it ridiculous that Gov. Okorocha supports President Muhammadu Buhri’s re-election bid, but works against the candidacy of his party’s governorship candidate , Senator Hope Uzodimma.
When queried on the legal implication the dissolution might have on the chances of Uzodimma if the EXCO members decide to go to court, he said, “We will be ready to defend it.”
However, the media aide to Governor Okorocha, Sam Onwemeodo, told Nigerian NewsDirect, ‘ You cannot dissolve an EXCO when there is a court ruling which says you shouldn’t tamper with it. So, it’s effort in futility.”
According to him, there was a judgement earlier before now delivered by a court in Abuja, restraining the NWC of APC from “tampering, interfering, substituting or removing” the Dan Nwafor-led EXCO in the state.
He noted that the EXCO members were elected by a convention and therefore, must finish their tenure in office except if there is a counter ruling on the matter by an appellate court.
“ In the eye of the law, the action is an effort in futility. Until there is a counter judgement on the case, Dan Nwafor remains the Chairman of Imo APC , because they have the protection of the law.
They were elected by a convention and will stay there for four years.” Onwemeodo stressed.
The APC had last Tuesday last week, dissolved the state, local executive and ward committees of the party in Imo and Ogun states .Their dissolution formed part of the resolutions reached during the NWC meeting presided over by Oshiomhole , in Abuja .
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu , who confirmed the dissolution said; “The two governors and the state excos have publicly expressed the fact that they will support candidates in other parties, in their respective states.
“So those excos, right from the state to the ward levels are not people we can trust to work honestly for the success of our party in the next election.
“It is within our powers to ensure that we protect the interest of the party and also to activate relevant sections of our constitution which prohibit members from carrying out activities that are inimical to the interest of the party,” he added.
The members of the new Ogun State Caretaker Committee of the party are: Yemi Sanusi, chairman; Ayobami Olubori, secretary, and Tunde Oladunjoye, publicity secretary while that of Imo is headed by Mr. Marcillenous Nlemigbo, and Lady Love Ineh, as Secretary.