It seems the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomohle, has bitten more than he can chew as aspirants from across the country have been condemning his action to unilaterally disqualify them after paying huge sum of money to obtain nomination/expression of interest forms to participate in the party’s primary for the 2019 general elections. From Kaduna to Kano in the North; Imo, Ondo, Lagos and Ogun in the South, the story is the same. Aspirants are lamenting the harsh decision of the National Working Committee to disqualify them without any justifiable reason known to law calling it undemocratic, and unacceptable.
On Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 in Ondo, affected aspirants asked the NWC to reverse the decision within 24 hours. The aspirants also asked the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomohle, to resign if the decision of the NWC was not reversed within 24 hours.
Some of the senatorial aspirants – a human rights lawyer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, Ondo State representative on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Lucky Ayedatiwa, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Olabimtan, Dr. Felder Olatunji, Mr. Morayo Lebi and Odunayo Akinrinsola, were disqualified by the NWC on Tuesday.
The three serving senators that were given the automatic tickets of the party included, Senator Ajayi Boroffice ( Ondo North), Senator Tayo Alasoadura ( Ondo Central) and Senator Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South).
The aspirants who spoke with journalists through Dr. Abayomi in Akure, the state capital, said Oshiomole was working towards the total collapse of the APC, saying he ( Oshiomole) was not capable to lead the party and had failed as the chairman of the party.
Abayomi stated that given automatic tickets to the sitting senators was not democratic and was against the constitution of the party and that of Nigeria.
He said, “We, the aspirants of the APC in Ondo State, purportedly cleared to contest, hereby reject, unequivocally, the so-called decision of the NWC. There is nothing like automatic tickets in a constitutional democracy. The NWC should rescind the decision or Oshiomole should resign.
“He ( Oshiomole) does not have the capacity, he does not have the tolerance to lead the party, if he does not resign he will kill the party.”
Also speaking, one of the cleared senators, Tayo Alasoadura said though he was cleared to contest the senatorial election, he was not pleased with the decision of the NWC by disqualifying other aspirants.
He added that the problem of the party had further been compounded under the leadership of Oshiomole.
“I have to show leadership. I cannot say because the decision does not affect me and keep quiet. If we do not fight this dictatorial tendency now, what if they come after me tomorrow? It is not the party that gave me automatic ticket. It was my people who said I should go on to represent them and did not raise a candidate.
“And in making this assertion, we make bold to proclaim that we will leave all options open until the manifest error of judgement is corrected.”
When asked to name the other options available,the senator said , “when we get to the bridge, we will cross it.”
He described the party’s decision as shameful,false and unfortunate,adding that the party never discussed on the results of screening of the aspirants.
Alasoadura noted that the aspirants including himself rejected the decision and that it would be fought with all legitimate means.
” More disturbing is the increasingly audacious impunity associated with the leadership of the party under Mr. AdamsOshiomhole.There has been high level of inconsistent standards applied across states in the federation.There have been direct and embarrassing violation of both the constitutions of the country and that of the APC.
“The most violent, wrongful and unconstitutional violation is the purported act of denying the right of the people to elect their Representatives.
”The act of collecting billions of naira from party members desirous of contesting elections on the platform of the party,only to be unconstitutionally screened out, is tantamount to a scam and detrimental to the image of our party.
“Consequently, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole,the national chairman of the party is given twenty–four hours to reverse this wrongful decision. We owe the state, and our people the duty to resist dictatorship,” Alasoadura concluded.