Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Federation of Buhari Support Groups, on Tuesday staged a solidarity protest for the embattled National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
The protesters, who besieged the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, accused Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), of leading the revolt against Oshiomhole.
Other state governors who are behind the mounting opposition against Oshiomhole’s leadership of the party according to the group are Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, and Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State.
Speaking during the protest, the group’s coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Sikiru, said it was not hidden that Akeredolu, his counterparts Fayemi and Amosun, worked against the party’s candidate in the recently concluded Osun State governorship elections.
Noting that Akeredolu was a beneficiary of “the Odigie-Oyegun style of impunity” Sikiru alleged that he has been embittered seeing Oshiomhole emerging the party’s chairman with the task of rebuilding the party.
He said, “As it is, in Ondo State, President Muhammadu Buhari cannot get 10 per cent votes in the 2019 election due to the remarketing policies of the governor.”
He further alleged that the governor has already instructed his close associates to dump the APC and join the Action Alliance, adding that the “sudden death” of the tenure elongation plot to foist Odigie-Oyegun on the party was the reason behind “their anger against Oshiomhole.”
Sikiru went on to say, “We believe in the leadership of the party ably led by Adams Oshiomhole and his determination to position the party for a landslide victory in the forthcoming elections.
“Our party is greater than any individual or group, So let us come together and face our common goal of remaining the most efficient and trusted party in our clime.”
Meanwhile, a leader of the party in Adamawa State, Senator Abubakar Gerei, is reported to have asked Oshiomhole not to deceive himself thinking that 90 per cent of party members were behind him.
According to Gerei, the reality in the party currently is that 90 per cent of APC members are aggrieved over the outcome of its primaries under the Oshiomhole leadership and except he took steps to remedy the situation, the party would fall into deeper crisis.
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