Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are founding members of the party have warned of the party’s possible collapse if stringent measures are not taken.
They further alleged that crisis within the party would not have been intensified if the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole does not enjoy the tacit backing of its national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The signatories to the statement are Comrade Salihu Mustapha, Chief Polycap Udah, Captain Mohammed Bala Jibrin, Mr. Ray Morphy, Alh. Umar Kachalla Zubair, Dr. Sylvanus Amechi, Alh. Shaba Emangi, Chief Emeka Enechi, Hon. Charles Idahosa, Hon. Mohammed Aboki Mahmud, Prince Mackor Shaka Momodu and Alhaji Yesufu Omonemi.
The group alleged subterranean plot by the national chairman, Oshiomhole to disqualify Governor Godwin Obaseki’ from emerging flagbearer of the party in the forthcoming Edo governorship poll.
The open letter Thursday in Abuja, argued that it behoves Tinubu to insist on politics that would be democratic, all-inclusive, and anchored on decency and respect for party members and the rule of law.
The party chieftains particularly accused Oshiomhole of arrogating the powers of the national working committee (NWC) and the national executive committee (NEC) to himself all in a bid to achieve his selfish agenda.
They particularly referred to the ongoing processes leading to the Edo state governorship primaries to buttress their claims.
Reminding Tinubu of how he fought series of injustices and abuse of power over the years, they maintained that his intervention is desirable to save the party from imminent collapse ahead of the 2023 poll.
They noted: “Can there be a reconciliation in an atmosphere of impunity perpetrated by the National Chairman of APC, which could not have been possible without the tacit green light from the National leader himself?
“We find it bewildering that just within a space of one month, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had serially and violently violated the APC Constitution that the silence of Asiwaju, the National Leader is disconcerting.
“Could it be that now we should forget about constitutionalism and due process in the affairs of APC? First, Adams Oshiomhole has constituted himself as a one-person National Working Committee of APC.
” It is distasteful and undemocratic that Adams Oshiomhole has subordinated the entire NWC to his whims and caprices such that the team spirit and canon of collective responsibility envisaged by the APC Constitution are no longer there.
“Who gave Comrade Adams Oshiomhole the power to convey the decision of the NWC to INEC, as critical as that of the mode of primaries for Governorship election three bright days before the meeting of the NWC on the matter? The implication of this illegal, nay irresponsible action is that the NWC did not meet to approve such a decision. At best, the NWC was convened to rubber-stamp his illegalities.
“Also, the APC National Chairman wrote a letter to INEC to change the official address of the Edo State chapter of APC contrary to Article 8 (page 6) of the APC Constitution, which also requires the approval of NEC.
“In the same vein, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole drafted a PDP loyalist into APC, a person that is being prosecuted by EFCC as we speak, a person that fiercely fought against the election of President Buhari in February 2019 elections in Edo State using the stolen arms money President Buhari is currently retrieving, a person with no clear allegiance to President Buhari and the APC, and unilaterally gave such person a waiver to contest Governorship primaries without NEC approval.
“Now, if this had been the practice, then we can say that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has not only emasculated the NWC but put the NEC in one corner. Thus, by refusing to convene the meeting of the National Executive Committee of APC to consider critical decisions, Comrade Oshiomhole has murdered democracy in the APC.
“As democrats, we believe that such actions are reprehensible and condemnable. No leadership will condone such illegal actions that can only undermine the democratic ethos upon which APC stands. They are already tarnishing the image of the party, creating disillusionment and apathy amongst party members and destroying the beautiful legacies of President Buhari which frees the atmosphere for healthy inter- and intra- party contestations.
“So, where is the National Leader when one man is desecrating the APC Constitution and at every turn killing the party? Is that the kind of party we would want to ride on in 2023? Is Nigerian politics about to witness the rebirth of former President Obasanjo’s draconian control of party structures as we move closer to 2023?
“It is time for Asiwaju Tinubu to demonstrate his democratic leadership. It is time he gives life to the institutionalization of APC and not create the perception that he is behind this brigandage that is tearing the APC apart, with severe consequences for the capacity of the party to hold on in one piece as we inch towards 2023. 2023 in APC must be about strengthening internal democratic rules in APC, it must be about ensuring that all APC leaders respect internal rules as provided in the constitution, and it must be about fairness and justice for all members.”