A group of protesters has stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Abuja, demanding the removal of the national chairman Adams Oshiomhole.
The protesters under the aegis of Concerned APC Youths are demanding that Oshimhole be removed from the office of the national chairman because the party has lost more states under him, the most recent being Bayelsa State.
The Herald gathered that the protesters carried various placards with inscriptions calling for Oshiomhole’s sack.
One of the leaders of the protesters, Agricola Ejembi group was appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the affairs of the party in order to address what they claim to be the dwindling fortunes of the party under Oshiomhole as National Chairman of the party.
Earlier, The Herald reported that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ntufam Mba Ukweni disclosed that the protest of All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the nullification of their governorship candidate David Lyon is futile as the party never had a governorship candidate in the first place.
Ukpeni made the disclosure during an interview with Daily Post. The legal practitioner cautioned protesters to accept the verdict of the Supreme court and avoid destabilizing the governance of the newly sworn-in Governor, Douye Diri.
Ukweni said: “Nobody is complaining that APC won the election but APC was from the beginning not supposed to be in the contest because they had no candidate.
“The candidate they presented was not qualified for the position, so the court has removed them, the next person, the next highest votes is automatically taking the position because, in the eye of the law, APC did not participate in the election.”
“Before a person goes to pick a deputy, he should be sure that the deputy is qualified to occupy the position, a deputy governorship candidate must be as qualified as the governorship candidate because whatever affects the deputy governorship candidate affects the governor; that is precisely what has happened”.
“So the protest, as far as I am concerned, goes to nothing, it doesn’t make an impression in any person’s mind because the court has spoken, and they are not saying that what the court said was wrong. It would have made some sense for them to say ‘No.’
“What the court says or decision of the court is wrong but to go and start protesting that the court should not have removed their candidates when they know themselves that their candidate was not qualified at the first place, is a wrong preposition.”
“So the protest is an attempt to play to the gallery. We should play down on this issue of protest. Even when PDP was going to protest and have been protesting, some of us held the strong view that we should not go into the Street to protest the decision of the court because you will ridicule the process.”
“The court system is built on the reputation of the court, the judiciary, so if a decision is given today against you and you go to castigate the court for giving that decision and tomorrow, a decision is giving to favour you, that is precisely what is playing now.”