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Bayelsa verdict: Oshiomhole’s fumblings and why he must go!


With the fallout of the Supreme Court judgement and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s recent outbursts, the penchant to push the buck in Nigeria springs to the frontburner. It is truly one of our biggest problems in Nigeria. It is not my fault! It is not his fault! It’s not Jonathan’s fault, it is Obasanjo’s! It’s not Buhari’s fault it is Jonathan’s! We are never going to be able to fix things if we continue like this. *Leadership must take responsibily for such mistakes. Simple.

We have witnessed incidences that led to the resignation of those in charge after one unfortunate mishap or another in other parts of the world. We all saw the then British Prime Minister, David Cameron resign without prompting just because he had promised to, if the referendum to leave the EU had gone the the way it eventually did. Let’s also remind ourselves of when the Prime Minister of South Korea resigned over the government’s handling of a ferry sinking that left more than 300 people dead or missing. The Prime Minister was not directly invovled in the management of the Ferry Line but of course he was culpable by leadership and did what honour required of him. Unfortunately, this can never happen in Nigeria and rather than blame leadership when we ought to, we devolve and apportion the blame to the rank and file.

Would the leadership of the APC and specifically Oshiomhole be receiving this kind of whiplashing if the case in Bayelsa was a one-off. Unfortunately, the Bayalsa debacle is de javu all over again. Our party, the APC suffered similar loses in Rivers and Zamfara States. Noteworty also, is the fact that such – where a party and its candidates are disqualified due to a failure of the internal mechanism of the party to do due deligence – was rarity in our political space but has sadly become the norm under the chairmanship of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. This is unacceptable.

Drilling into the process that saw David Lyon and his deputy-elect so close to the Promise Land, let’s not forget that a Federal High Court judge, Justice Jane Inyang, two days to the election had nullified the governorship primary election that produced David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The judge cited irregularities with the primaries as her bane for nullifying the primaries. According to her, the process was conducted in violation of the party’s constitution and guidelines as clearly spelt out for the conduct of governorship primaries. She asserted that the results were expected to be declared by Mai Kala Buni, returning officer for the pre-election, not Emmanuel Ochega, secretary of the election committee. She also insisted that APC violated its own rules in the composition of the election panel when it constituted a one-member committee and not seven-member as stipulated in the party rules.

Was the leadership of the APC not aware that there was going to be a ruling on the case yesterday? Were they not aware that a federal high court had earlier disqualified the Deputy Governorship Candidate, Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, over false information given in his CF0001 Form submitted to INEC? How could they then have been caught napping. What Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (or whatever his real name is) is guilty of is forgery and for Victor Oshioke to even suggest that the leadership of the party could not have envisaged that ‘mere discrepancies in the documents of an associate candidate would form enough ground for the disqualification of the entire ticket?’ further indicts rather than exonerate them. Such mistakes cannot be brooked at the level at which the national chairman operates and any dereliction of duty should be met with very stiff consequencies. These are extremely high-stake issues and should be treated as such.

The honourable thing for Oshiomhole to do at this point is to throw in his resignation and the compulsory thing for us as members of this great party to do would be for us to insist on his resignation where he fails to do the honourable.

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