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I don’t want to return as s APC chairman -Oshiomhole

Anthony Iwuoma

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo State governor and immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  has said he has no intention to come back to the office he vacated on controversial note last year.

Washing his hands off such a plot as being  reported, Oshiomhole in a statement by his media aide, Victor Oshioke, described the plot as fake.
The plot was actually revealed by one Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) who is now a member of the APC.
Eze claimed that Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo,  and others were behind the plot to bring back Comrade Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC.

However, Oshioke recalled that Keyamo was in the forefront and indeed provided legal support through his personal legal assistants who went to court to argue on behalf of those that filed cases for the removal of Oshiomhole as national chairman of the ruling party.

He argued that if Keyamo had no ulterior motives behind his sudden change of legal interpretations of relevant aspects of the APC constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the right channel would have been to sit down with his co-minister, the Attorney General of the federation behind close doors and put forth his arguments.

Alternatively, he said that the Labour minister could have sought a private audience with President Muhammadu Buhari or write a confidential memo to him, explaining why his earlier opinion supporting the dissolution of the National Working Committee and setting up of a Caretaker Committee has changed or no longer tenable instead of going to the “market with his bogus arguments.”

He charged: “His action is reminiscent of the indiscipline from some senior leaders of the party which Oshiomhole sought to deal with decisively as national chairman.

“A Minister certainly should know better how to communicate his concerns with Mr. President and party leadership in a truly constructive conversation behind closed doors.

The truth of the matter is that Mr Keyamo seems to have lost out in the power play and failed to secure the benefits he anticipated in Oshiomhole’s removal from office with the consequent dissolution of the NWC and other structures of the party. This is the main reason for his self serving new legal opinion which contradicts his earlier stance.”

While reaffirming the erstwhile national chairman loyalty to Governor Buni’s leadership, he said that Oshiomhole will not be part of any plot to destabilise or ridicule the party in any way or for any reason, stressing that he (Oshiomhole) took serious exemptions to his name being dragged into an issue that he has no hand in.