A former Secretary to Government of Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, has said that Oshiomhole does not involve members of the national working committee (NWC) in decision making. He described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a “funny” organisation.
He blasted the APC and the national chairman during a chat with journalists in Abuja over the weekend. Lawal said Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, and his loyalists suspended Lawal Shaibu, deputy vice-chairman (north), and Inuwa Abdulkadir, vice-chairman (north-west).
The former SGF said Oshiomhole’s action has resulted in the disenfranchisement of members of the party from the north.
“This APC is funny. As we speak, the chairman and his loyalists have suspended the deputy national chairman (north), the whole north, the chairman, national vice-chairman (north-west) which is the largest geographical zone with seven states has been suspended, he is no longer attending national working committee meeting,” Lawal fumed.
“For more than one year or so. A very substantial part of the country is not represented in the decision making.”
“I’m quite close to members of the NWC, they always complain about not being carried along so the chairman of a party is not an executive president where whatever you say is, you need to carry everyone along,” he said.
“That is the essence, a national vice-chairman north-east for example, he is for north-east and there are things unique to the area which he is aware of, which his own exco has brought to him for processing at the national secretariat. If he does not get the proper hearing and opportunity to present those things they are disenfranchised.”
The former SGF quarried what Bisi Akande reconciliation panel is set to achieve in the face of a failing leadership of the National Working Committee, chaired by Oshiomhole.
He insisted that, it is better for politicians to cut their losses and nurse their wounds rather than be reconciled.
“In politics, sometimes it is better not to reconcile, somebody must lose out,” he emphasized.
“First of all there has to be confidence restored in the NWC that they capacity to be impartial and fair in the decisions they take on behalf of party members. As I speak I don’t think there is any APC member that can confidently tell you that he expects the NWC to be fair and just in some of the cases because we lost election on account of this.”
Lawal insisted that, the party needs to be reorganised.7