Court sacks Oshiuomhole
• Deputy tenders resignation letter at ward
• ‘Oshiomhole is afraid of educated people’
• Party mum, Momoh welcomes the development
• VC refutes report, affirms gov’s certificate
• ‘No danger in PDP accepting Obaseki’
The lingering squabbles between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, came to a climax yesterday as Obaseki announced his exit from the party, hours before an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja sacked Oshiomhole.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, yesterday, upheld Oshiomhole’s suspension as a member and national chairman of the APC. The Federal Capital Territory High Court had earlier in March, ordered the suspension of Oshiomole as chairman, restraining him from parading himself as such.
unanimous judgment in the first appeal delivered by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the court held that the FCT High Court had territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did.
The court also withdrew Oshiomhole’s rights and privileges as APC national chairman, including his security details.
The appellate predicated its decision on the ground that Oshiomole as the first appellant is based in Abuja, while APC also had its national headquarters in Abuja.
Reacting to the development, prominent stakeholders of the party, including the Edo State chairman, Anselm Ojezua, and the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. OsitaOkechukwu, said: “a Daniel has come to judgment.”
While contending that the suspension would give APC the opportunity to right wrongs and illegalities committed by Oshiomhole in the past few weeks, Ojezua doubted if the damage already is done could be rectified.
Ojezua disclosed that Edo State chapter of the party would meet today to examine all sides of the issues, stressing that in the absence of the national chairman, the deputy, Senator LawalShuaibu, would take over.
On his part, Okechukwu said the Appeal Court ruling was good riddance, remarking that Oshiomhole was busy playing God, instead of guiding the party on the path of core progressive tenets.
Governor Obaseki said he decided to resign his membership of the APC because Oshiomhole was “scared of educated people because he did not go to school and hate those who have something to offer citizens.”
exit from APC came barely one week after he was disqualified from contesting the party’s primary election to actualize his second term did.
The Edo governor, who spoke to State House Correspondents while on his way out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, denied the allegation that his credentials were fake.
“You remember that, in my last tweet, I said that I’ll make a decision after my disqualification was announced by APC. I said I would make a decision after consulting with the leadership and my supporters in Edo State, and also have informed the President.
“I’m just here today to inform you that I have formally decided to resign my membership of the APC. Having done that, I will now announce in the next few days my specific line of action and on what platform I will be contesting the gubernatorial election,” Obaseki said.
specifically attributed his decision to resign from the APC to the lingering quarrel between him and Oshiomhole.
“I’m sure the whole country knows what has gone on with me, the party chairman and the party leadership which culminated in my disqualification as a gubernatorial aspirant. Upon that unfortunate decision by the chairman of the APC, I’ve decided to go and seek my gubernatorial aspiration on another platform,” Obaseki said.
He boasted that he would stage an upset during the governorship election and put a lie to the APC chairman’s position that “being a sitting governor is not a guarantee for victory at the polls.” “Time will tell. Let us go to the polls and Nigerians will see,” the governor boasted.
On alleged inconsistencies in his credentials, Obaseki said: “Someone who hasn’t gone to school, who doesn’t have certificate himself, will not know and understand what inconsistencies in certificates are; that’s the starting point.
What is the inconsistency? There’s no inconsistency in my certificates. The issue was in 2016 when I contested for the gubernatorial election, I could not find the originals of my certificates because I hadn’t required them for more than two decades. So I deposed to an affidavit that I couldn’t find the originals. Subsequently, I found all the original copies of all my certificates and they are with me. So, I don’t understand what’s inconsistent about that.
“Maybe the inconsistency is in the NYSC certificate where he said my surname was missing an ‘i’ at the end, but if you look at that, it was like a cursive, it was written in a cursive manner. So if that’s inconsistency for him, then it’s really sad that people of that quality are leading Nigeria’s ruling party.
“For him, it was just to look for an excuse to take whatever decision he wants to take and it’s really sad that the party structure today gives him that sort of authority without checks. That is dangerous for any system or institution.