The latest impetuous appointment of a 5-man Care-taker Committee by the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee to conduct Cogresses in the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress leaves us in no further doubt that the crises in Rivers APC is in the interest of the nurturer, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman and his sponsor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, the Transportation Minister.
While party faithful, who are tremendously marvelled at the disingenuous roles played by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and forces loyal to him in ensuring that the APC in Rivers State does not participate in the 2019 general elections, are yet to come to terms with the devastating outcome of that election, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has yet again thrown the stage open for what may be the final burial of the Rivers APC by the perfunctory appointment of a 5-man Caretaker Committee for the party in Rivers State without recourse to the various pronouncements of the courts on the Rivers APC issue.
What Oshiomhole has done and has continued to do in Rivers APC, in furtherance of the personal political agenda of himself and his friend Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is clearly “desecrating the temple of democracy by using his position as the National Chairman of the party to sponsore anti-democratic practices”, as succinctly captured by Mr. Charles Idahosa, a former Political Adviser to Oshiomhole himself.
We are worried and curiously want to raise the following posers;
- Was is it mere coincidence that few days after Adams Oshiomhole suspended the conflict of confidence between him and his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Oshiomhole connered two ministerial slots and the NDDC Board Chairmanship for his Edo state, leaving Rivers State with just the appointment of his sponsor, the Transportation Minister.
- Again, is it mere co-incidence that barely two weeks after Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi urged his faction of the APC in Rivers to go and prepare for congresses, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC moved to actualize Amaechi’s pronouncement of congresses by setting up a 5-man Caretaker Committee that was solely nominated by Amaechi to conduct congresses for Rivers?
As concerned members of the party who have made varying degrees of sacrifices for its progress, we are worried that Comrade Oshiomhole has abandoned any concerns he may have had for the integrity of our political system. The despicable roles he plays in deepening the crisis in APC Rivers, and indeed APC nationwide, undermines the principles of democracy as professed by our dear president Mohammadu Buhari; and democracy probably cannot survive under the current government, after all, if the chairman and leadership of one of our two major political parties is indifferent to its fate.
What the Rivers APC needs now is not another round of shambolic and unfairly prejudiced congresses against a particular faction, rather, a reconcilatory process that will respect the rights of all parties and guarantee internal democracy.
The Rivers State APC Visionary Media Team (RAVIMT) therefore calls on President Mohammadu Buhari and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC to urgently intervene with a view to rekindling the hopes of party faithfuls and restoring the fortunes and lofty ideals of the party.
Though pundits have concluded that we have already passed the point at which the collapse of the party is inevitable, but we believe that the president and NEC’s timely intervention is a self-administered autopsy that can still save the party.
As those who have memories of history, we still remember and will continue to remind our party of the similar bahavior of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prior to the 2015 elections and the result thereafter.