Oshiomhole not interested in returning as APC national chairman —Aide

Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, says he is not interested in returning to the position he left about one year ago.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘Leave Oshiomhole out of APC leadership debate’, signed by his Senior Media Aide, Victor Oshoke, on Wednesday.

Oshoke said the attention of the office of the former national chairman was drawn to a statement credited to Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, who is now a member of the APC and aide of Minister of Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi.

In the said statement, Eze was quoted as saying that Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment and others were plotting to bring back Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC.

The media aide said ordinarily, the office would have ignored the suggestion but that it found a response necessary in order to set the records straight.

Oshoke said, “Festus Keyamo was in the forefront and indeed provided legal support through his personal legal assistants who went to court and argued on behalf of those that filed cases for the removal of Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC.

“Keyamo also offered legal advice on the legality of the NEC that was convened for the dissolution of the Oshiomhole led National Working Committee of APC and emergence of the Governor Mai-Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee.

“It is therefore frivolous for any right-thinking person to assume that Mr. Keyamo who actively supported the removal of the National chairman elected by over 6, 500 party delegates from across the 36 states and the FCT, because 8 out of 27 Ward executive members purportedly suspended a national party chairman, would now plot to bring the same Oshiomhole back to office.

“It is strange that a serving Minister would share on public Social Media platforms, what he captioned as a “Private and Confidential” legal opinion for Mr President who appointed him, especially considering that he was in the political kitchen when the pot of crisis he is now offering advice on was being cooked.

“If Keyamo has no ulterior motives behind his sudden change of legal interpretations of relevant aspects of the APC constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the right channel would have been to sit down with his co Minister, the Attorney General of the federation behind closed doors and put forth his arguments.”

He quoted Oshiomhole as calling for support for the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee which recently successfully concluded Ward Congresses.

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