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Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, others reportedly meet next week to determine Oshiomhole’s fate

It has been gathered that the fate of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, will be determined next week.

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A  member of the party, on Friday, said that the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and Oshiomhole, met in Paris, France, on Thursday. Tinubu had gone to France ahead of the President’s visit to the country.

Note: it was previously reported that the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was expected by all to resume questioning at the Department of State Services (DSS) anytime he returned to the country. This was disclosed by security sources on Thursday, November 8.

It has been revealed that the meeting between Tinubu and Oshiomhole centered on the growing plot by aggrieved party members especially governors to remove Oshiomhole from office. As it is now, the leadership of the party will be meeting with state governors next week to determine the fate of the embattled national chairman of the ruling party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

A member of the party’s NWC, who wished to remain anonymous said, “The fact that Oshiomhole is under investigation for allegedly collecting money from aspirants is bad for the image of the APC government which claims to be fighting corruption.

“It is for this reason that the NWC members are being asked (by interested parties) to push for the suspension of the APC chairman pending the outcome of the probe. The President’s body language and actions in the coming days will determine Oshiomhole’s fate. For now, we are still considering it but we don’t want to make any hasty decision until we are sure that we have the President’s backing.”

 

Those expected to be in the closed meeting at Abuja include Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu, pioneer Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (as former chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party), and Prince Tony Momoh (former National Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change).

 

According to a party source, he said “The leadership meeting will take place because as you know, we don’t have a Board of Trustees in place. Mr. President as the leader of the party, who in fact, has personally taken over the process of dealing with the post-primary crisis, is convening the meeting to deal with all these issues.”

In response to a question on whether there were charges against the party chairman, he said, “Our party has a constitution, I refer you to Article 21 which deals with the issue of party discipline. Go and read sub-sections i, ii and xi.”

Article 21 of the APC Constitution (April 2014 As amended) which deals with the discipline of party members reads in part, “Subject to the provision of this Article and the right to fair hearing, the party shall have power to discipline party members. The power shall be exercised on behalf of the party by the respective Executive Committee of the party at all levels.

“Offences against the party shall include the following: (i)a breach of any provision of this constitution; (i) anti-party activities or any conduct, which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or put it into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute; (xi) in cases of alteration of delegate lists, falsification of nomination results, and or tampering with the processes of internal democracy of  the party, the offender shall be liable to expulsion from the party and be prosecuted.”

Efforts to get a response from the party chairman were futile. Calls to the mobile telephone number of Oshiomhole’s media aide, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, were neither picked nor returned.

A response to a text message asking him to confirm whether or not his principal had returned to the country and what was his response to the news making the rounds about his encounter with the DSS was still being expected as at the time of filing this report at 8:07pm.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, told  Saturday PUNCH on Friday night that Oshiomhole was back in the country.

He said, “The APC chairman is back in the country as scheduled. This is contrary to speculations that he was running away. He has been postponing the trip due to the party primaries and  submission of candidates’ names to INEC ”

Asked about the meeting between Oshiomhole and Tinubu in France, the APC spokesman replied, “I don’t have such information yet.”

On the proposed leadership meeting holding in Abuja next week, Issa-Onilu said, “I am not aware but even if such meeting would hold…you see there is no crisis in APC. What people call crisis, I call conflict. I can assure you that we are in peace in the APC. The chairman and the NWC are standing for democracy and you should expect resistance.

However, the Spokesman for Buhari  Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), said the crisis within the party was being exaggerated by the media.

Lets fold our hands and watch as this issue will be treated.

culled from punch ng.

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