Oshiomhole vows not to return as APC chair

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Sacked National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says he would not be returning as APC boss no matter the situation.

He spoke ahead of Tuesday’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ruling party.

Recall that the NEC dissolved the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) about six months ago and set up a Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

The decision had quietened some of the uprisings within the party.

Although the Buni-led Caretaker Committee was expected to hold a National Convention within six months to elect a new set of party officials at the national level, it instead called for another NEC meeting.

The virtual NEC meeting scheduled for Tuesday is expected to be led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Reacting to a question on a possible return, the former party chairman said, That chapter of my political life is closed. Even if another NEC decision or a court order reverses the dissolution, with utmost humility I will decline to return as APC chairman.”

He berated those still linking him to a lawsuit filed against the party by some members of the dissolved NWC.

“In reporting the legal action taken by a member of the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), some attributions have been made to the effect that plaintiff is an “ally of Oshiomhole” or an “associate of Oshiomhole”. The court documents are clear on who is the plaintiff,” the former Edo State Governor said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the 21-member NWC under my leadership largely worked cohesively and harmoniously. The only exceptions were those of the three members used by forces desperate to take control of the party. They contrived a crisis and abused the judicial process to undermine the constitution and integrity of the party.

“The majority of 18 members worked as a team and not as allies or loyalists of anybody.”

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