The APC national leader Bola Tinubu has dismissed the call and those governors rooting for the resignation of the the party’s chair Adams Oshiomhole.
Some aggrieved governors, including Ogun’s Ibikunle Amosun, Ondo’s Rotimi Akeredolu, and Zamfara’s Abdullateef Yari, have beem mobilisong others to pass a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole.
But Tinubu, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock yesterday, told newsmen that the party is supreme, and must be held so.
According to him, Oshiomhole has so far not violated APC constitution or engaged in any anti-party activity that will warrant his resignation or removal from office.
“We elected the new executives, we had the convention, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomhole,”he said.
He noted that everybody signed off on the agreement that the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. ‘We signed off for it
“The party must be respected.’’
He was referring to the party primaries held across the nation recently, where many of the states had parallel elections, and the likes of Amosun lost his senate bid when his faction election was nullified.
Preferred candidates of Akeredolu and Yari were also disqualified.
“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it,” said Tinubu, explaining the process the party has outlined for election and its crisis management.
“We gave three options, consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.
“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegates (system) and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, national election committee of the party.
“That shows party supremacy or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number, 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.’’
He also talked about the final stage of resolution—the appeal panel—which he said cannot be contradicted by any bad loser.
” The Party is supreme. Abuses will not do it and anger will not do it.”
Many reps and senators who lost their return chances are however not happy to go home, thereby triggering lots of crisis which Buhari has been trying to mitigate.
Earlier in the week, the federal lawmakers amongst the losers met with the president at the Villa, and Oshiomhole too was present at the occasion that ended up in wining and dining.