Oshiomhole Remains Suspended, Says VON DG Okechukwu
The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Chief Osita Okechukwu says the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole remains suspended.
This is coming days after the President, Muhammadu Buhari intervened in the saga that almost saw Oshiomhole removed from office.
Osita who was one of the leaders suspended by Oshiomhole for anti-party activities has remained an ardent critic of the Chairman’s leadership style.
Despite the ongoing effort to reconcile aggrieved members of the party, Okechukwu said on Friday that so long Oshiomhole remained suspended at the local government level, he seized to be a member of the APC.
The APC leader said this while reacting to the decision by the Court of Appeal in Abuja to indefinitely adjourn the hearing on the appeal Oshiomhole lodged to challenge the High Court that suspended.
Chief Okechukwu expressed scepticism in the current peace move to restore peace in the party.
“Without prejudice to the ongoing trial, whether the Appeal Court sat today or not, it must hold session someday, and the main issue remains whether a man suspended by his ward executive can preside over same association?
“The truth is that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is no longer validly a member of APC.
“Don’t forget that Comrade validated the suspension of Barrister Inua Abdulkadir, vice chairman North West, by his ward. It’s trite law that one cannot approbate and re-approbate.
“Like Super King, he glossed over his suspension and our great party’s constitution is scant with time, for it allows only seven days to appeal.
“As of now, permit me to state that one was impressed with Mr President intervention, which is fatherly. Secondly, I was also enthused by Comrade Adams Oshimohole’s statement that ‘I have learnt my lesson. I have asked everyone, whatever they consider being my shortcomings, for forgiveness and they have forgiven me. I was humbled yesterday at the court.”
The Chieftain of the party likened Oshiomhole to a dictator, wondering if he will “change his colours”
“We all factually need peace. However, as a student of Political Science and one who devoted time to study dictatorship, I am sceptical and bidding my time to believe hook line and sinker Comrade Oshiohmole.
“As a Christian, I may have forgiven him, but not all have, for history is not a witness in many instances, where a dictator has changed his colours.
“If he changes for good that will be an exception and we will glorify Almighty God that the virus has been curbed. One event which will soonest test Comrade’s commitment to the statement cited above, in the next few days or weeks, is the resolution of Edo State APC’s imbroglio.
“Albeit, without being cynical Pa Bisi Akande’s Committee cannot resolve it without his openness. The way and manner he spearheads the reconciliation with his brethren in Edo State, before the arrival of the Akande Committee will tell us whether the Osho-Virus is receding.
“In Edo, he holds the peace banner and crisis flag”, Okechukwu stated.