BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman on Thursday lambasted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying that without the convocation of the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), of the Party, the National Working Committee (NWC) will be deemed to be operating illegally.
This is just as he lashed out on Governor Godwin Obaseki and urged him to stop behaving as if Edo state is equal to Nigeria.
He said that Oshiomhole must do everything possible to redeem his image and free himself from the political cage he got himself entangled in.
The APC Governors’ Forum Director General said that his calling on Oshiomhole to convene a meeting of the NEC is first inspired by the National Chairman’s commitment in the first place when he announced his intention to run for the office.
Lukman, who stated these with speaking with journalists in Abuja, expressed concern that Bayelsa State governorship election may go the way of Zamfara state where the party would not be able to field candidates in the election.
Lukman further said: “The issue here is that everyday, the NWC under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole continues to run the affairs of the party without convening NEC meetings. It is working illegally.
“I want to say that all that we tried to do especially with respect to the statement in question is first of all, we are Nigerians. Two, we are party members and three, I can tell you that as a privileged person, being the DG of the PGF, I am privileged to relate with not just governors but everyone in the party. And to that extent, one can have a feel of the concerns, the worries and really, the frustration that exist in the party.
“I thought I needed to make this background clarification because I received calls from people asking me whether the statement was coming from governors or from me as a person? Those issues need not even come up. What is at stake is the substance and content.
“If anybody wants to dispute it, they should look into the content and I think that is the challenge before us. This is what this country requires.
“Our party, the APC is a product of sacrifice. Our leaders from President Buhari to the leaders of the Legacy Parties that dissolved themselves to give birth to the APC made huge sacrifices and Comrade Adams, who I must emphatically say I owe a lot to his person, having been with him almost all my working life – he gave me the job that launched me into where I am today – and to this day, I believe we share basically the same convictions.
“And if I am worried at the direction he is taking the party, I think he himself, should be worried because this is not the Adams that really, everybody has the confidence in.
“There is no meeting of governors where decision was taken on this matters, that is why I am saying that first of all, I am talking as a Nigerian, secondly, I am talking as a loyal party member and thirdly, as somebody who knows the sentiments, everybody is worried. But the truth is that, even Comrade Adams knows, once you are on the side of truth, you do not need an office to speak out,” Lukman said.