The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is coming under pressure as governors of the party and other forces move against him.
But Oshiomhole said yesterday that only “one or two governors” were against him while 90 per cent of members of the party are solidly behind him.
It was gathered that Oshiomhole, in an effort to please different interests at the national and state levels, ended up ‘creating more enemies’ in the aftermath of the APC congress in May and primary elections for various offices earlier this month.
Only yesterday, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun accused Oshiomhole and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of conniving to produce an oil magnate Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate in the state for the 2019 elections.
Amosun equally pointed accusing finger at former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
Oshiomhole had stirred up the hornet’s nest after the APC primaries that pitched him against Governors Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara; Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna; and Amosun, Ogun State, among others.
The feud with the governors worsened following the refusal of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to endorse their anointed candidates.
The party had refused to endorse Mukhtar Shehu Idris and Adekunle Akinlade as the anointed governorship candidates of Governor Yari and Amosun respectively.
The party later got reprieve from El-Rufai after the name of his political adviser Uba Sani was submitted as APC candidate for Kaduna Central Senatorial District instead of Senator Shehu Sani who was earlier endorsed by the appeal panel.
However, Oshiomhole, who spoke yesterday with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and stakeholders of the APC from Kwara State at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said over ninety per cent of APC members were with him.
“I think that I can say comfortably that about 90 per cent of APC members are happy, it is not possible to have 100 per cent.
“So, on the whole I am a very happy person, it has been quite challenging but I can say tough time doesn’t last, but tough people will always do. And I think we have been toughened by our history of struggle. And I am humbled by the amount of support we are getting from critical stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress.
“There maybe one or two governors who have issues and those issues can only be resolved democratically within the spirit, the letter and all the relevant provisions of APC Constitution, Electoral Guidelines and of course the Electoral Act. The Electoral Act is completely blind and our party rules too are completely blind to power that it is sensitive to procedures, it is sensitive to processes.
“The good news is that the overwhelming majority, we have about 23 governors, I think we are very much happy, I don’t have issues with anyone, only one or two may have some situation that they may want to see differently but that how the world is.”