The fight between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Oshiomhole and members of the party has gone national.
For weeks, Oshiomhole has been in a battle with the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu.
However, the National Chairman is currently in battle with some aggrieved members of the party, particularly Zamfara State.
Before the National Executive Council meeting on Friday, some youths took to the street to demand the removal of the National Chairman.
Though, dispersed by the security agents at the party secretariat in Abuja, the youths made their anger known with inscription on placards “Oshiomhole Must Go”, “Ole” among others.
A member of the APC who described himself as one of the leaders of the protest Abubakar Alihu said the protest was to express displeasure at Oshiomhole’s leadership style.
Meanwhile, some party members had charged Oshiomhole to step down over his deliberate delay of the meeting.
At the meeting, the APC members insisted that the National Chairman step down.
After the NEC meeting, the Chairman of Zamfara Chapter of the party, Lawal Liman told journalists that Oshiomhole resignation will bring about true democracy, genuine healing and reconciliation.
Lawal who is also the spokesman for APC State Chairmen’s Forum also accused Oshiomhole of displaying dictorial and despotic tendencies
“Most of the goodwill acquired by the party, by reasons of its religious adherence to the provisions of its constitution and the tenets of internal democratic practice, has taken a downturn principally due to the dictatorial and despotic tendencies of Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of NEC,” he said.
“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr President, who insisted that the party organs at the state, local government and ward levels must be strengthened and accorded due respect, concerning the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the party’s constitution.”
Liman said the “facade conducted by Oshiomhole in the just-concluded NEC meeting left much to be desired”.
“He (Oshiomhole) completely ignored Mr President’s advice and defied all known rules for meetings by precluding contributions from members and ending the meeting abruptly, without achieving anything. This is most unfortunate and undesirable,” he said.
“Arising from the foregoing and having regards to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we are left with no option than to demand that Oshiomhole resigns his position as national chairman.
“This will stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy within the party across the country.”