The Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has declared that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are aware of those clamouring for the removal of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
He noted that it is a collaborative effort with the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilize the APC and as such, those involved are bound to fail.
Uzodinma, who made this known while answering questions from journalists in Owerri on Saturday, reiterated that the chairman was innocent and the clamour for his removal unwarranted.
Hence, he wondered why any true member of the APC will want to remove Oshimole who has done so well for the party at this crucial stage in time when the party ought to come together, savour their victory at the last elections and plan how to consolidate for the future.
As a result, he revealed that those championing Oshimole’s removal want to circumvent the already spelt out guideline for such actions by going through the back door to obtain exparte orders from the courts.
There are guidelines, which he noted are clear on how the national chairman can be removed from office which must be through the National Executive committee (NEC) of the party, adding that anything outside that was illegal and amounted to a witch hunt.
The Imo governor described the situation as a clear case of a witch hunt, otherwise those behind it would have come through the proper channel which is the NEC of the party but they have refused to do so because they know they have no genuine case against him.
However, he reiterated that “we will not allow them to humiliate our national chairman out of office through illegal means or allow any action that will bring the party to public ridicule.”
He recalled that President Mohamadu Buhari has always emphasized that as the leader and father of the party he does not interfere with party matters. He therefore, advised those dropping the name of the president on their wicked plans to desist forthwith.
“We all believe in the rule of law and due process which is the hallmark of this administration and therefore cannot bow to any illegality. Let me make this clear we will not allow Oshiomole to be humiliated out of office,” he concluded.