According to report, a leadership meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is schedule to hold next week to determine the fate of Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the APC.
Report has it that Oshiomhole and the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, met in Paris, France, on Thursday, over the plot by some party chieftains including state governors to remove him from office.
An undisclosed source in the APC who spoke to Punch said; “Tinubu and Oshiomhole met in Paris on Thursday over attempts by governors and some members of the NWC to remove the party chairman. You will recall that it was Asiwaju who paved the way for the emergence of Oshiomhole as the chairman when Chief Oyegun wanted a tenure extension.
“Now that he has come under probe by the DSS and is being asked to step aside, he has run to Tinubu to save him. It remains unclear what their strategy will be to put a stop to the probe.”
Report has it that these aggrieved governors had begun reaching out to members of the Oshiomhole led National Working Committee, persuading them to pressure the party chairman to step aside pending the outcome of his alleged probe by the Department of State Service (DSS).
“The fact that Oshiomhole is under investigation for allegedly collecting money from aspirants is bad for the image of the APC government which claims to be fighting corruption.
“It is for this reason that the NWC members are being asked (by interested parties) to push for the suspension of the APC chairman pending the outcome of the probe. The President’s body language and actions in the coming days will determine Oshiomhole’s fate. For now, we are still considering it but we don’t want to make any hasty decision until we are sure that we have the President’s backing,” an undisclosed member of the NWC told Punch.
A top party member also confirmed the next week meeting, noting that the best way to proceed without depleting the image of the party would be decided. President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu, and other top party chieftains are expected to be in the meeting.
“The matter is receiving attention at the highest level. We cannot pretend, the situation involving our national chairman is already in public domain.
“His invitation and subsequent interrogation by the Department of State Services, is an indictment if you ask me; but you cannot pronounce a man guilty without giving him the right of fair hearing.
“The leadership meeting will take place because as you know, we don’t have a Board of Trustees in place. Mr. President as the leader of the party, who in fact, has personally taken over the process of dealing with the post-primary crisis, is convening the meeting to deal with all these issues.”