The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has been called on by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria to stay clear of the Edo State governance and allow the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, deliver the dividends of democracy to his people.
The group also stated that the former governor of Edo State does not have the right to dish out orders to the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed or the state legislature on how to carry out their legislative assignment.
The group in a statement through its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, described the action of oshiomhole as an act of political rascality and grandstanding the purported.
HURIWA stated that the APC National Chairman has been given powers which makes him create a general climate of political instability and impunity.
“This was the same unsavory and undemocratic role played by this same overbearing autocrat and chairman of the ruling party Mr. Adams Oshiomhole just before the close of the last session of National Assembly which culminated in the widely reprehensible and criminal invasion of the National Assembly in a bid to impeach then Senate President Bukola Saraki by 100 hooded armed operatives of the department of state services (DSS) under the direct instructions of the APC’s hierarchy to the disgraced Director General of DSS Malam Lawal Daura.”
“This action of the DSS which followed persistent pressures by Adam Oshiomhole amounted to a coup attempt which offends section 1(2) of the 1999 constitution which states that the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.”
“As a civil rights body, we hereby call on all Nigerians to mount pressure on the national chairman of All Progressives Congress to compel him to stop over heating the polity with his brand of cantankerous and totalitarian politics which he has now taking to his home state of Edo whereby he governed for eight years without any overbearing political godfather breathing down on his neck the same way he now goes about attacking and trying to dictate to the chief executive and governor of Edo state Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki.”
“We think that the reason Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is emboldened to constitute a high political nuisance to his successor and to lots of other political gladiators all across Nigeria including the newly inaugurated governor of Bauchi State is because the anti-graft commission refused to act on a petition alleging widespread corruption against the national chairman of APC when he was governor of Edo state.”
“It is this policy of impunity at the highest levels that has motivated the likes of Oshiomhole to continue to dabble into the domestic political affairs of some states behaving like an emperor who can’t be called to order or tamed. He must be told to respect the principle of rule of law and restrict himself to his part time assignments as a party chairman. National party chairman does not enjoy the power of oversight functions over governors.”
HURIWA called on President Muhammadu Buhari to control his party chairman from spreading political messages of hate and rebellion and to stop him from undermining the governance of Bauchi and Edo State.
“At this crucial stage that we have found ourselves, it is detrimental to economic advancement of Edo state if the governor is not allowed the free room to govern his state qualitatively because of the undemocratic tendencies of the immediate past governor to still continue to pull the strings and teleguiding the state governor and because the governor has refused to become a puppet of Oshiomhole that is why his government has come under attacks by the national chairman of APC targeting another APC controlled state.”