Not less than 15 governors elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are collecting signatures to force a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that would unseat the national chairman of the party.
ThisDay writes that the governors are being coordinated by a governor from the South-west and would be converging on Abuja tomorrow to finalise their objective.
In an apparent response to the move by the governors, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, vowed that only the party, and not pseudo political empires in the states, had the power to superintend the primary elections for the nomination of its candidates in the general election.
In a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, the APC national chairman said while the party would not surrender its functions, which are constitutionally circumscribed, to any other entities, it would always reach out to divergent tendencies and mediate the disparate political camps in the interest of party cohesion.
According to Oshiomhole, stakeholders should be assured that the party is in safe hands as it marches, sure-footedly, to victory in the 2019 general election.
He said, “To be clear, Oshiomhole did not become national chairman of the governing party to bring it down a notch from the pedestal of its 2015 electoral victory let alone to preside over its liquidation.
“Rather, his single-minded goal, from the outset of his declaration of interest in the position, was to deploy his capacity in helping to strengthen and reposition the party as a truly supreme and disciplined political entity.”
Oshiomhole who blamed those he referred to as “conservative elements” for spearheading a plot to pass a vote of no confidence against him, said their main grouse was his insistence on party supremacy and discipline.
He noted that before his emergence as chairman, the party was wallowing in impunity and disrespect to laid down rules.
He said he knew from the onset that those who supported the status quo that he supplanted would not cave in easily but will fight back.
According to him, “Although, it might appear fortuitous to some persons that he became national chairman at the threshold of the 2019 general election, the truth is that there is no accident in predestination.
“We must appreciate the fact that it has pleased the Almighty God to place him in the saddle of APC-led leadership at this time for a purpose.”
Meanwhile, aggrieved aspirants have continued to storm the national secretariat of the APC with their supporters to vent their anger over the outcomes of the primaries held by the party across the country.