The fire threatening to consume Oshiomhole and APC’S chances in 2019
A social commentator and human rights activist, mr ebunoluwa-olu Adegboruwa, advised Nigerians not to take sides with the warring chieftains of the APC, saying the issue tearing them apart had nothing to do with the common good of the masses.
Describing the ruling party as an amalgamation of strange bedfellows, the lawyer, however, said the disintegration of the party was too early.
He said the sharp disagreement between oshiomhole and APC governors could have a negative effect on the chances of the President and other candidates of the party in the next general elections, which are a few months away.
Adegboruwa added, “I believe generally that the events going on presently in the hierarchy of the APC are just a signpost of things to come as we move closer to the 2019 elections. It is a political party of strange bedfellows. When you talk about (former members of) the CPC, ACN, APGA and ANPP, these are people with different understanding coming together to deceive themselves that they have a coalition. We know that sooner than later, things will soon tear apart and we have not seen anything yet.
“But I think the lesson of the crisis in the hierarchy of the APC is the inability of political parties in Nigeria to be driven by ideology. If there are ideologies targeted toward the common good, even if there are personal disagreements, they will not affect the common goal of the party. So, political parties in Nigeria have nothing to offer in terms of principles and ideologies and that is why we witness the reign of godfathers and the reign of tinny gods within political parties. This is not just within the APC but the PDP and other political parties.
“I think Nigerians should be careful to not join the fray in the seeming division within the APC. They don’t deserve our sympathy because the issues between them have nothing to do with the masses but their selfish interest. It is the self-interest of Governor rochas okorocha; it is the self-interest of Governor Ibikunle Amosun; it is the self-interest of Governor rotimi Akeredolu and Comrade Adams oshimhole. So, Nigerians should be careful not to be drawn to their battles.
An APC member in ondo State, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, argued that the party was already falling apart due to the crisis in the party.
He added, “Look at what is happening in the party now … it has caused disintegration in the party. We may be punished severely for it if nothing is done to assuage the feelings of the aggrieved parties. We need to go into the 2019 poll as a united party. but with the way he is running the party now, it may be difficult.”
Although the spokesperson for the APC, Lanre Issa-onilu, agreed that any crisis allowed to fester in a party could affect the chances of such party. He dismissed insinuations that the ruling party could lose the 2019 elections.
Speaking in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, Issa-onilu said, “Whatever disagreement that is not resolved before elections will have impact on the chances of the party but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the party is going to lose the elections. However, you don’t underrate any disagreement.
“As I have continued to say, we have a unique and robust way of resolving matters and we are doing that. We are doing that on a daily basis. Whatever grievances arise, we’ll continue to resolve them and address them. The matter is already simmering now and it won’t take long to see the end of the matter.”
However, one of the aspirants for the APC governorship ticket in Zamfara State, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said, “Those calling for Oshiomhole’s resignation are people who don’t wish our party well; they are people who don’t mean well for President muhammadu buhari.”
Whether calls for Oshiomhole’s resignation ahead of a crucial election will gain traction remain to be seen.