APC: You’re architect of your ouster as N’Chairman, Amosun replies Oshiomhole

Former governor of Ogun state governor and senator representing Ogun Central in the National Assembly, Ibikunle Amosun, has accused the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Adams Oshiomhole, of turning the truth on its head over circumstances surrounding the latter’s ouster as chairman of the APC.

Delivering his goodwill message Tuesday at a book presentation, “APC and Transition Politics,” written by a former national Vice Chairman of the North West, Salihu Lukman, the former Edo state governor accused the governors on the party platform of orchestrating his removal.

He equally accused former president Muhammadu Buhari of indifference to the orchestrated plot that culminated in his sack as national chairman at an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee ( NEC) of the party held at the presidential villa in Abuja in June 2020.

Oshiomhole specifically mentioned Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Ibikunle Amosun, former governors of Ekiti and Ogun states, respectively, as masterminds of his removal.

The former Ogun state governor, in a statement Wednesday in Abuja, entitled “Amuse Yourself, Not the Public,” insisted that Senator Oshiomhole was the architect of his political travails as APC national chairman.

He accused Oshiomhole of conducting “one of the worst primaries in the history of Nigeria’s contemporary politics and ended up shopping for his own enemies, leading to his eventual removal as Chairman of our party.”

The former Ogun state governor recalled the arrest of the former APC national chairman by the Department of State Services ” to clarify certain grave allegations.”

Amosun admonished the former national chairman of the APC to carefully and soberly sit down to take stock of his past so that it will continue to serve as a guide for him in his future public utterances rather than dragging the names of innocent people into a needless controversy.

“It’s been a struggle since yesterday on what to make of the ‘tales by moonlight’ that Senator Adams Oshiomhole treated the audience of Dr Salihu Lukman to at his book launch, “APC and Transition Politics”, in Abuja.

“This apparent struggle was not for lack of a proportional response to his deliberate drivel, but because not only was his story fraught with lies but also because he did not boast the requisite integrity to say the truth.

“Besides, it is not in my character to join issues with people I consider qualified enough to be referred to as both leaders of our party, the APC, and of this great country, Nigeria, to which I believe Senator Oshiomhole belongs.

“However, given his antecedents and penchant for careless and, most times, baseless and unverified public statements, and also considering my duty to the country and the public in particular, it will be uncharitable if I fail to put the records straight.

“What Senator Oshiomhole was alleged to have said, apart from being far from the truth, is a calculated attempt to present water while drinking wine.

The Yoruba adage says, “If you let a madman bury his mom the way it pleases him, he could roast her for a meal.” At that point, the community is to blame for his choice.

“Indeed, listening to him yesterday, his utterances represent some inherent inadequacy, which he vented not just at inauspicious times but without basis and predicated only on lies to hoodwink the unsuspecting.

“It is not in doubt that I have participated fully in the formation and sustenance of our party, the APC, and I can boldly say that the party under Adams Oshiomhole conducted one of the worst primaries in the history of Nigeria’s contemporary politics and ended up shopping for his own enemies, leading to his eventual removal as Chairman of our party.

Nigerians should not be in a hurry to forget the allegations that preceded the conduct of those primaries and his eventual invitation by the Department of State Service, DSS, to clarify certain grave allegations.

“If anyone was in doubt that Senator Oshiomhole posed the biggest and most destructive threat to the existence of the APC at that time, and the party’s best bet was to dispose of the canon folder that he was and unfortunately still is, his utterances and grandstanding yesterday at an occasion to find solutions to our democratic and party challenges would have cleared such a mindset.

“If he wanted to insult our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, he could have come out boldly to do so. But his subtle attempt to pass snide remarks at him failed the simple test of loyalty because the former president also moved from his own party to merge with other like-minded people to form the APC.

“Also, if he is seeking favour from the presidency, why not come out and do so? But to tell barefaced lies like, “You are working for your paymaster in Lagos, your paymaster in Bourdillon,” is cheap but typical of an individual who suddenly found himself where he never dreamt of, despite his obvious limitations—education and exposure.

“If the public will remember, soon after Senator Oshiomhole was sworn in as a Senator, he allegedly said members of the 9th Senate had vandalised their offices before leaving, only for him to eat the humble pie and made to apologise later when it was obvious that the allegations were baseless.

“My honest advice to him is to carefully and soberly sit down to take stock of his past so that it will continue to serve as a guide for him in his future public utterances rather than dragging the names of innocent people into a needless controversy because in Africa, age and leadership are associated with wisdom.

“This is also why I have consistently brushed aside and intentionally scoffed at his tongue-in-cheek apology, which he had extended to me several times. I am now convinced it was not genuine.

“In the final analysis, background matters!”