Immediate past National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has distanced himself from the suit filed by Mr Hillard Eta asking the court to quash the dissolution of the National Working Committee, NWC, and make Eta acting national chairman.
Eta, a National Vice-Chairman, South-South, in the Oshiomhole-led NWC dissolved June 25, 2019 by National Executive Committee as part of measures to tame the widening crises in the APC, filed the suit penultimate week against the National Caretaker and Convention Planning Committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
In a 435-word statement he personally signed, yesterday, Oshiomhole picked holes in reports associating him with the suit.
Noting that some members of the NWC did not share his position on letting the NWC dissolution stand, he said he has put his chairmanship of APC behind and would not return to the seat if the dissolution of the NWC was quashed by the courts.
His words: ‘’In reporting the legal action taken by a member of the dissolved National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, some attributions have been made to the effect that the plaintiff is an ‘ally of Oshiomhole’ or an ‘associate of Oshiomhole.’ The court documents are clear on who is the plaintiff.
‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the 21-member NWC under my leadership largely worked cohesively and harmoniously. The only exceptions were those of the three members used by forces desperate to take control of the party. They contrived a crisis and abused the judicial process to undermine the constitution and integrity of the party.
‘’The majority of 18 members worked as a team and not as allies or loyalists of any body. When the National Executive Committee, NEC, in its wisdom dissolved the NWC, I immediately announced publicly that I accepted the decision, regardless of its illegality or otherwise, as it affected my position as national chairman.
‘’I was the only one at the press conference where I made the announcement for personal reasons. The reason, of course, was that some of my colleagues in the dissolved NWC obviously didn’t share my position not to contest the dissolution in court. I can only accept responsibility for my own decision.