Travails, triumphs of APC with Oshiomhole in the saddle

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has faced many travails just as it made some triumphs during the one year reign of Adams Oshiomhole in the saddle as the party’s National Chairman.

Oshiomhole was declared National Chairman of APC on June 24, 2018 by Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa State and chairman of the 2018 national convention in which the former Edo State governor was the only person contesting for the position.

Badaru had declared that, “Adams Oshiomhole has been returned unopposed for the position of national chairman, there will be no election. So, I will ask you if you affirm him as chairman, you answer ‘affirm’ or say ‘aye’ when I ask for affirmation”.

At least three aspirants, Osareimen Osunbor, former governor of Edo State, Clement Ebri, former governor of Cross River State and Ibrahim Emokpai had contested against Oshiomhole but withdrew from race at the twilight of the convention.

The elated new APC Chairman in his inaugural speech promised to rebuild and reposition the party ahead of 2019 general election.

He pledged that under his leadership, the APC would support the three arms of government and ensure cordial relationship among them.

“We have come in to build on what we met and to reposition our party as we approach 2019. We want to go beyond being electoral platform to a party that is guided by its Constitution and manifesto”, Oshiomhole asserted.

Soon after Oshiomhole assumed office, APC was plunged into crises contrary to his pledge but in confirmation of the predictions of Kawu Baraje, then leader of the New People’s Democratic Party bloc within the APC and Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District who was still a member of the APC that the party was heading to doom with Oshiomhole in … Read More...

Can Oshiomhole survive his many battles?

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One difficult question that appears to lack a definite answer within the All Progressives Congress (APC) circles is whether Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s national chairman can survive his many battles. Oshiomhole’s battles had begun last year when he deviated from the norm and introduced the direct method in which all registered party members participate for…

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Court throws out suit seeking Oshiomhole’s investigation

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Justice Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, held that the suit filed by an Edo State-based cleric and activist, Bishop Osadolor Ochei seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminalinvestigation against former Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was statute -barred.

Ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the former governor, the Judge said the plaintiff ought to file the suit, three months from the cause of action.

She said there was no need for the court to go into other issues in the suit, since the suit itself was statute-barred.

Justice Chikere however agreed with the plaintiff that, by the Act establishing the EFCC, the commission is under the obligation to investigate and prosecute allegations of financial and economic crime.

Oshiomhole had, in his preliminary objection, asked the court  to dismiss the suit as the plaintiff lacked the locus standi (legal right) to institute the action.

In the preliminary objection argued on behalf of the former governor by Terhemba Gbashima of Damian Dodo’s chambers, Oshiomhole told the court that the suit filed by the plaintiff was status-barred, as it was filed 18 months after the cause of action.

According to him, the plaintiff, whom he described as a meddle-some interloper ought, to have filed the suit three months after the cause of action.

Gbashima, who prayed the court to dismiss the suit or in alternative, strike it out, also submitted that Bishop Osadolor had not shown how the alleged cause of action has affected him more than other indigenes of Edo state and asked the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.

In her response, counsel to the plaintiff, Uju Chukwurah, asked the court to discountenance the preliminary objection of Oshiomhole, who is … Read More...