Ahead of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC), a chieftain of the party and the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Chief Osita Okechukwu, yesterday adduced reasons why a faction of the party is calling for the removal of the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Okechukwu who issued a statement on behalf of the “Oshiomhole Must Go” group shortly after the Court of Appeal session in Abuja listed 10 “sins” allegedly committed by Oshiomhole against the party.
Among other things, the group accused Oshiomhole of reviving and resurrecting the collapsing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure, a political party it said was in 2018, ravaged by internecine intra-party feud but yet went ahead to win more states like Adamawa, Bauchi, Zamfara, and Sokoto, all strongholds of APC.
The statement reads: “With the greatest respect to our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are passionate and loyal members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the grassroots level. Permit us to state without equivocation that, hitherto we held Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in high esteem and had high expectations of optimum performance and quality leadership from him. That explains why we the APC delegates nationwide unanimously and consensually elected him as sole chairmanship candidate two years ago.
“It is therefore, with deep regret that two years down the line, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, now a bull in the China shop, in utter disregard to the high expectations of the responsibility entrusted on him, and the constitution of the APC has today committed without remorse or introspection 10 monumental cardinal sins against our great party, the APC. If there is a virus as our revered Asiwaju proclaimed, it is more of Osho-virus than 2023 virus!
“With deep anguish and regret may we among the litany of woes, itemise the 10 Osho-Virus blunders as follows: Revival and Resurrection of collapsing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure, a political party in 2018 was ravaged by internecine intra-party feud, to win more states like Adamawa, Bauchi, Zamfara, and Sokoto, all strongholds of APC.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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