The fire threat­en­ing to con­sume Osh­iom­hole and APC’S chances in 2019

The Punch - - POLITICS -

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.

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