Oshiomhole In Secret Meeting With Tinubu In Paris As He Fights To Save His Head Amid Bribery Allegations

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The real reason why the embattled chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole travelled out of Nigeria, hours after he was grilled by the Department of State Services (DSS), has emerged.

Mr. Oshiomhole reportedly left the country in a desperate bid to save his position as APC party chairman amid internal resentment and calls for his sack, championed by governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).

The APC party chairman left the country to meet a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu in Paris, France as he fights to avert being pushed out from office by some powerful party members, who got disgruntled over the outcome of the APC party primaries.

The APC leadership is expected to meet next week to determine the fate of Mr. Oshiomhole , who has been accused of recieving bribes from candidates during the party primaries.

To avert being disgraced out of office, a prominent member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, has told the Punch that Oshiomhole has held a secret meeting with Tinubu in Paris, pleading with him to save his head.

Recall that the former Lagos State governor was among those who supported Oshiomhole’s chairmanship, as against a tenure elongation for former chairman, Odigie Oyegun.

it is understood that Mr. Tinubu had gone to France ahead of the President Muhammadu buhari’s visit to the country.

“Tinubu and Oshiomhole met in Paris on Thursday over attempts by governors and some members of the NWC to remove the party chairman. You will recall that it was Asiwaju who paved the way for the emergence of Oshiomhole as the chairman when Chief Oyegun wanted a tenure extension.

“Now that he has come under probe by the DSS and is being asked to step aside, he has run to Tinubu to save him. It remains unclear what their strategy will be to put a stop to the probe,” the source told the newspaper.

The disgruntled APC members are now using the DSS probe as a caveat to get their pound of flesh from Mr. Oshiomhole. They say such is not good for the image of the party.

President Buhari has reportedly taken charge of efforts to resolve the party’s post primary crisis, would be convening the meeting.

Apart from the president, those expected at the Abuja meeting that will decide Oshiomhole’s fate include, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu, pioneer Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, the Minister of Science and Tec hnology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (as former chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party), and Prince Tony Momoh (former National Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change).

Article 21 of the APC Constitution (April 2014 As amended) which deals with the discipline of party members reads in part, “Subject to the provision of this Article and the right to fair hearing, the party shall have power to discipline party members. The power shall be exercised on behalf of the party by the respective Executive Committee of the party at all levels.

Article 21 of the APC Constitution (April 2014 As amended) which deals with the discipline of party members reads in part, “Subject to the provision of this Article and the right to fair hearing, the party shall have power to discipline party members. The power shall be exercised on behalf of the party by the respective Executive Committee of the party at all levels.

“Offences against the party shall include the following: (i)a breach of any provision of this constitution; (i) anti-party activities or any conduct, which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or put it into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute; (xi) in cases of alteration of delegate lists, falsification of nomination results, and or tampering with the processes of internal democracy of the party, the offender shall be liable to expulsion from the party and be prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed Friday night that Oshiomhole was back in the country.

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