Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in the South-South on Friday asked the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, Lawal Shuaibu, to apologise to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The chairmen were reacting to Shuaibu’s outburst against Oshiomhole in a May 28 letter asking him to resign as the chairman of the ruling party over what he called the chairman’s high-handedness.
The state chairmen, in a statement issued in Abuja, passed a vote of confidence on Oshiomhole, adding that Shuaibu has seven days to apologise.
The chairmen are Amos Lalabunafa (Bayelsa), Ini Okopido (Akwa Ibom), John Ochalla (Cross River), Ojukaye Amachree (Rivers), Aslem Ojezua (Edo) and Jones Ode Erue (Delta).
“The Deputy National Chairman (North) merely expressed his personal opinion on perceived issues, which is not a reflection of the views of the generality of party’s stakeholders who are yet to find anything untoward in the stewardship of the party’s National Chairman”, they said.
The chairmen also disagreed with Shuaibu’s claim that Oshiomhole’s actions were responsible for the court cases involving various state chapters of the party.
The chairmen added: “It was the landmines created by his predecessor (John Odigie-Oyegun) who was bent on destroying the party before departing that fuelled the unfortunate situation and wondered why Shuaibu was just raising the issues.”
Wondering why Shuaibu raised the issues after a committee was raised to look into petitions of anti-party activities against highly placed party stakeholders who were allegedly responsible for the loss of the party in some states, they reminded Shuaibu that the party’s constitution guarantees the tenure of office of the national chairman and the processes of removing him from office.
Insisting that the outburst was aimed at denting Oshiomhole’s record, they vowed to resist any attempt to force the former Edo State governor out of office for standing against injustice.
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