By Emma Amaize, Johnbosco Agbarakwu, Omezia Ajayi and Chinonso Alozie
No genuine primary held in Ogun, Gov Amosun insists, alleges fraud, blames Lagos ‘cabal’
•This is my finest hour; 90% of party members with me — Oshiomhole
ABUJA — Following the deluge of controversies trailing the primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to clear the mess.
In the same vein, the President has assured all aggrieved party members that any form of injustice arising from the primaries of the party would be addressed and no one would be treated unjustly.
This is coming in the wake of moves by some governors belonging to the party to force a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party to address issues of arbitrariness raised against the national chairman.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, one of those named in opposition against the national chairman, was adamant yesterday as he accused Oshiomhole of collaborating with a cabal based in Lagos to manipulate the primaries in the state to favour political interests outside the state.
In further indications of bedlam, Senator Sani Mustapha Mohammed, representing Niger South resigned from the party yesterday, following the removal of his name from the party’s list of candidates forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The problems of the national chairman were further stoked in Imo State yesterday after hundreds of party members aligned to Governor Rochas Okorocha took to the streets of Owerri, the state capital to protest alleged substitution of the names of allies of the governor in the final list forwarded to INEC.
At the root of the problems for Okorocha, Vanguard gathered, was what party sources said is the determination of Okorocha to take everything meant for the state irrespective of the feelings of other stakeholders from the state.
Okorocha, Vanguard further gathered, wants his son-in-law to be governor and at the same time take up the Senate seat presently occupied by Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The man at the centre of the storm, Oshiomhole was, however, unrelenting yesterday saying that he has the backing of ninety percent of party members affirming that this crisis is his finest hour.
Also, contrary to the narrative being peddled about President Buhari’s handling of the matter in a manner that suggested unfairness, the President was said to have assured some traditional rulers of Ogun State, who visited him recently, that he had since issued an ultimatum to the National Chairman of the party to clear all the controversies which emanated in the wake of the governorship primaries in some state chapters of the party.