Anti-Oshiomhole protesters under the aegis of Coalition For New Nigeria (CNN), yesterday took their grievances to the headquarters of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), calling for the immediate prosecution of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the agency.
The protesters who arrived the ICPC office with posters bearing various inscriptions like; “Oshiomhole must go”, “With Oshiomhole, APC will fail”, “ICPC must probe Oshiomhole”, among others also called for the resignation of the chairman.
The convener of the group, Barr. Stanley Ohu, speaking during the protest said: “We are determined in our quest to arrest the danger faced by our party, the governing APC, occasioned by the integrity challenged national chairman, Oshiomhole.
“As you are all aware, our party, the APC is in serious crisis following the most reprehensible, divisive and widely condemned primaries across the states.
“The APC which was gaining grounds and welcoming new members is far from the all-embracing party it was when Oshiomhole took over as national chairman.
“Given the various allegations of corruption by respected chieftains and members of the APC, we are here calling on the various anti-corruption agencies to begin a comprehensive probe of not only these allegations, but his time as the governor of Edo State.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are well aware that Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole for allegedly diverting state funds into personal use.
“Therefore, it is expedient that a man that has corruption noose round his neck is not the fit and proper person to lead a party that has President Muhammadu Buhari, a man known globally for his anti-corruption stance.
“We demand that Oshiomhole resigns owing to the plethora of allegations against him leading to even the DSS inviting him and demanding for his resignation.
“In the event Oshiomhole chooses to tread the path of the little honour left of him, we urge President Buhari to ask him to leave before he leads the APC down the path of ignominy in 2019.
“We assure you that this will not be the end of the Coalition for New Nigeria’s protest until Mr. Oshiomhole leaves the exalted office of the national chairman of the governing APC, the party of change,” he said.
Responding, ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, assured that the petition would be treated in the same manner it handle other petitions.
“I have heard you and we thank you people for the peaceful protest here. You have done what you are supposed to do. I want to assure you that your petition will be treated according to its merit; the same manner we treat others,” she assured.