There may be trouble in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, has called for the immediate resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
According to Sahara Reporters, the resignation call by the Minister, was made while addressing reporters at his Ibadan home.
The reason Shittu called for Oshiomhole’s resignation was because of an earlier call by the former Edo State Governor for the removal of Mahmood Yakubu, as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He stressed that the removal of Yakubu, due to INEC’s postponement of the general elections, may cause more havoc to the Commission.
“When Oshiomhole supervised that party’s primary elections, which can be described as most horrible and corrupt in the history of the party, who called for his resignation? I will not support such call for resignation of the INEC Chairman. To err is human. We have not seen any political motivation, as to what has happened in INEC. If Oshiomhole calls for resignation of the INEC Chairman, he should also be preparing to resign as Chairman of APC, for conducting primaries marred by irregularities, and even accused of corruption in its conduct. Did anybody ask him to resign for the horrible management of primary elections under his watch?”
Shittu argued that this is the first general elections to be supervised by Yakubu.
“This is the first election that Professor Yakubu would be conducting; so, we need to give him the benefit of doubt, and I will advise that all the political parties should be vigilant. If you bring in another Chairman, when does such person begin to learn the process? Or will you on the basis of that, call for another rescheduling of the elections? Certainly, it is unacceptable for anyone to ask for the resignation of INEC Chairman.”