The upcoming elections of new leaders of the 9th National Assembly have helped put a hold on the sack of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
It was gathered that the ruling party wants to go into the elections as a united force against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC leaders across geopolitical zones were reaching out to one another on the need to get aggrieved party members to “sheath their swords” in order not to give the opposition room to spring a surprise on the floors of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
A source told The Punch, “We all agree that mistakes were made during the primaries leading up to the recently concluded 2019 general elections.
“We also agree that there is a need for us to come together and forge a way forward and that the letter, recently written by one of us, spoke the minds of some and angered some others because it was leaked to the press.
“However, we have National Assembly leadership elections in a little over one week and as a party, we cannot afford to lose these elections. In order to succeed, we must work as a team and present a common front.”
The source added, “The predominant view at the moment is that we cannot afford a distraction which a struggle for a change in the party’s leadership will certainly bring at this time.
“I cannot predict what may follow after the National Assembly leadership election matter is settled because whether you like it or not, we have lost three APC votes from Zamfara in the Senate.”
However, the National Vice Chairman of the party (South-South), Hilliard Eta, dismissed reports that there are plots to sack Oshiomhole.
He noted that the position of the former Edo State governor was intact.
“Our National Chairman’s position is not under threat. The letter written by our deputy national chairman (North) was a personal opinion which he, like every member of our party, is entitled to.
“If there was any decision we took as members of the National Working Committee which he was not comfortable with, the best thing for him to have done was to have resigned.
“After he resigns, then he can stand on a sound moral ground to call for another person’s resignation; this will make Nigerians take him seriously,” Ita said.
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