Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2019: Abia APC berates calls for Oshiomhole’s removal

The Abia State chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa has taken a swipe at some party leaders over the call for the removal of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the party.

Recall that the APC national chairman had been under heavy fire from his party members, especially the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, over the conduct of the APC primaries, ahead of 2019 general elections in the country.

Nwankpa, who spoke in an interview with DAILY POST on Tuesday in Umuahia, the state capital, explained that there were procedures in removing any elected officer of the party.

He urged APC members who have any grievance as a result of the just concluded primaries, to follow the internal resolution mechanism as spelt out in the party’s constitution.

He urged proponents of Oshiomhole’s removal to jettison such calls, as it was not healthy now that the party was prepared for the upcoming 2019 election.

The APC chairman said, “Primaries have never ended without some grievances because not every expectation is met.

“Even here in my state, not everybody is happy with me. And for that, when people go beyond their brief, it becomes laughable.

“Why it becomes laughable is that when they go beyond their brief, they said the National chairman should be removed, because there are one or two complaints over the primaries.

“There are procedures in the constitution of the party for the removal of elected officers of the party. And I want to say that Oshiomhole, is not an appointed chairman and APC is a democratic party that has come with the change mantra.

“And part of the change mantra is that we must all be law abiding. We must all be obedient to the party.

“I think the call by some stakeholders of our party for the removal of the national chairman is only an expression of some grievances.

“There is no move to remove Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of APC.

“What APC is going to face now, we are going into campaign. We know that Mr. Chairman has a big task. And that task is to ensure APC repeats its feat in 2019 election and expand its coast. That is why he is looking for quality people.

“You can see the national chairman is not pushing APC around individuals, he is pushing APC around the grassroots. He is making every politics local. Let the people decide your fate.

“In that regards, all we need to do for the national chairman is to encourage him to remain steadfast and pray for him, that the grace and favour of God will be upon him.”

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