A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and presidential aspirant in the 2019 general elections SKC Ogbonna, has said that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure as the party’s National Chairman, cannot be divorced from the alleged overbearing ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to rule Nigeria at all cost.
He said that the continued stay of Oshiomhole as the ruling party’s Chairman, after the latest move to sack him, did not come as a surprise.
The APC chieftain also blamed Oshiomhole’s opponents, accusing them of having been hitting the tail instead of the head in their plot to sack Oshiomhole.
In an article he signed and made available to newsmen, yesterday, Ogbonnia said, “The gist is that Oshiomhole’s tenure of crisis cannot be divorced from the overbearing ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to rule Nigeria at all costs.”
He said, therefore, that instead of chasing shadows, it has become imperative to muster the courage and go all out to tame the former Lagos State governor.
Ogbonna added, “Make no mistake: Tinubu, the national leader of APC has every right to seek the presidency. More essentially, his role in the Nigerian democracy can never be belittled. This informs why I had to admonish President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in his first tenure for alienating the Asiwaju.
“I asserted then (and still believe) that, ‘if dynamic opposition is the life-wire of a democracy, it is very fitting then to name him (Tinubu) the saviour of Nigeria’s current democratic journey.’
“Regrettably, the manner Tinubu has been pursuing his presidential ambition is not only becoming an existential threat to APC as a party but also to the same democracy he helped to save.
“The problem is rooted in Tinubu’s naked godfatherism. The canker began to grow when the Asiwaju was made to believe that he solely influenced the nomination of Buhari.
“Further, after his failed bid to grab the vice-presidential ticket, Tinubu was allowed to handpick his longtime ally for the position, so that peace could reign.
“Worst still, the former Lagos State governor would retain the titular title of National Leader, thereby creating an impression of two captains in one ship.
“As if that was not enough, he attempted to also dictate the leadership of the Legislature but failed. This failure, remember, led to the first major crisis in the party and the mass decampment that followed before the 2019 general elections.
“The most mystifying, however, is that, despite the fact that his primary fiefdom, Lagos, is constantly ranked as one of the worst estates on earth, it has not deterred Tinubu from the morbid desperation to rule other Nigerian states by proxy.
“The more troubling is his do-or-die approach. For instance, the next major crisis after the National Assembly debacle was his plot to hijack the 2016 Ondo State governorship primary election against the rightful winner, the current governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The outcome was a nasty fallout between the Asiwaju on one side and both the then National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun and President Buhari on the other side. In attempt to restore a sense of normalcy before 2019 elections, Buhari had to go out of his way to appease Tinubu by easing out Oyegun. Enter Adams Oshiomhole.”
According to Ogbonnia, President Buhari had misread Oshiomhole as a “simplistic khaki-wearing” independent-minded party man who could contain Tinubu.
“But Oshiomhole was understandably desperate for attention after leaving office as Edo State governor and did not want to end the Oyegun way,” he added.
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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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