Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is in a desperate battle to retain his position less than five months into his tenure.
Thisday reports that 15 of the 21 APC governors have collected signatures for his removal and are planning to converge on Abuja on Tuesday to finalise the plot to remove him.
The newspaper said the aggrieved governors, being coordinated by one of them from the south-west, are planning to force a national executive committee (NEC) meeting that would unseat the national chairman, bare three months to next year’s general election.
Governors of the ruling party are reportedly not satisfied with his leadership style, particularly in the wake of the primaries of the 2019 elections.
In the heat of the crisis during the primaries, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, said he had told President Muhammadu Buhari that he and some of his colleagues have lost confidence in Oshiomhole.
Also, Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, had criticised Oshiomile for the APC’s acrimonious primaries and exorbitant nomination forms to elective offices.
But Oshiomhole, a former union leader, has vowed not to succumb to intimidation as he entrenches party supremacy and discipline.
He said this in a statement through Simon Ebegbulem, his chief press secretary.
“APC under the national chairmanship of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is in safe hands as the party marches, sure-footedly, to victory in the 2019 general election. This is the overarching mission of the national working committee (NWC) of the party under his leadership,” the statement read.
“To be clear, comrade Oshiomhole did not become national chairman of the governing party to bring it down a notch from the pedestal of its 2015 electoral victory let alone to preside over its liquidation.
“Rather, his single-minded goal, from the outset of his declaration of interest in the position, was to deploy his capacity in helping to strengthen and reposition the party as a truly supreme and disciplined political entity.
“Although, it might appear fortuitous to some persons that he became national chairman at the threshold of the 2019 general election; the truth is that there is no accident in predestination.
“From the outset, we never expected that those who cherished and supported the status quo, which Comrade Oshiomhole supplanted, would cave in easily under the magnitude of the current political revival that he spearheads.
“Indeed, while the progressives are enamored of change, the conservatives find it difficult to embrace it. That is the current reality in the deliberate effort to rebrand the APC.”
He said since Oshiomhole took over as chairman, he has not taken decisions unilaterally.
“All decisions, so far taken, passed through the mills of NWC deliberative sessions and enjoyed unanimous resolutions. The records are there. History will justify Comrade Oshiomhole and posterity will vindicate him,” he said.
“Therefore, with eyes firmly fixed on the general election, especially the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the scheduled February 16 poll, comrade Oshiomhole assures all stakeholders in the APC of his respect for them. He assures them of his readiness to work with them for the good of the party.”