The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole breathed a temporary sigh of relief, after he was given a vote of confidence during the APC National Executive Committee meeting and surviving what seemed to be an impeachment threat hovering around his neck.
Unconfirmed report had it that President Buhari vacated the meeting earlier than expected when things started becoming rowdy.
The shortest ever APC NEC meeting appeared to be very tense from the onset, as anti and pro oshiomhole protesters clashed along the road leading to the party’s national secretariat, forcing security agents to deploy the use of teargas to disperse the angry mob.
There was an attempt to stop the Edo state chairman , Anslem Ojezua, from gaining access into the venue of the meeting, which was met with stiff resistance by other chairmen that complained and threatened to walk out of the meeting.
Also present was Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, who happens to be in loggerheads with the party chairman. Some notable key figures who were missing at the meeting were Past governor of Imo and Ogun states, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun who are both on suspension and no decision was mentioned about the situation of both.
During the meeting, Oshiomhole boasted that the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, would next weekend, join the Bukola-Saraki-led rebels against the party that has been punished by Nigerians.
He pointed out that the in-house fighting costed the party re-election in Bauchi and Adamawa stated, even as he assured that APC will reclaim their stolen mandate in Sokoto state.
“The electorate also elected more members of House of Representatives on the APC platform. Mr President, I also believe, it is significant to point out that those who rebelled against this party, who sought to bring us down, who decamped at a critical moment, believing that their defection would destabilise us and we would have no enough time to make up as led by Senator Saraki – he and 15 others, 16 of them.“By the special grace of God, Nigerian electorate have chosen to punish them with their PVCs and their ballot papers. They were all voted out, and APC senators were voted in to replace them. The electorate also elected more members of House of Representatives on the APC platform. There is one that is still struggling but as it is, he is at 20,000 feet below ground level and he’s hoping that there would be miracle that would bring him to ground level and climb the tree to the Senate but by the special grace of God, under your leadership, that deficit, there will be no miracles in the election, particularly when they are free and fair.
“God willing, by the end of the month, when the re-run in Kogi State would be done, the sixteenth stubborn one will go the way of the other 15. That for me is remarkable because the message is clear that gradually but steadily when anyone who uses the popularity of a particular political party, in this case, those who rode on the back of Mr President to win election turned round to monetise it and used that same power to attack not only the Presidency but to attack the institution of our party, I think those lessons will linger for us.
“Mr President, I have chosen to amplify where we lost but we also made some gains, that’s quite understanding. I am sure it is heartwarming for every APC member and even APC well wishers that the man who led rebellion against our party, former Senate President that people of Kwara state did not only deny him return to the Senate, they also voted out every element in PDP and today from the governorship, we won, Senators we won and of course, the House of Representatives and state House of Assembly. “I think our victory in Kwara state for me was most outstanding. I think we now generally refer to Kwara with pride as the Otooge revolution. We also won in Gombe State.
I’m sure for our brothers in the North-East, Gombe with an incumbent PDP governor, our people only armed with their bare hands, but obviously with Mr President’s goodwill, we defeated PDP in Gombe State and today Gombe is governed by APC governor.
“So, Mr President, I believe that until these issues are finally resolved particularly those of them that are likely to go until Supreme Court level, I believe that life is sustained by hope, I believe that by the time we are done, we will have a chance of winning some of these cases that are going to the Supreme Court where we have lost at the level of the Court of Appeal,” he said.