National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in a voluminous statement yesterday said that the former Edo state Governor made mistakes which allowed the Crisis rocking the party to fester.
Tinubu, thereafter told the sacked National Chairman of the APC to own up to his mistakes.
Tinubu said though Oshiomhole “tried his best” while overseeing the affairs of the party for two years, he acted “too little too late” in addressing some urgent issues that arose.
“Some members went against their chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late,” Tinubu said.
“I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Oshiomhole tried his best. Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC.”
Tinubu also shut down rumours which suggested that he and Oshiomole were making plans for the former’s alleged 2023 presidential project.
He said he had “made no decision regarding 2023”.
“I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born.
“At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.
“During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face.”
Tinubu noted that the Achilles heel that brought about the crisis in the party was “unnecessary conflict”. He said that those who disagreed with one another stopped trying to find common ground. He noted tha attempts were made to use the power of executive authority to bury each other and the former national chairman acted “too little too late” in addressing the issues that arose.
“Some members went against their Chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late. I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Oshiomhole tried his best. Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC.
“It had been my hope that the disagreements could be resolved. After all, a political solution should not be beyond the ken of leaders of a major political party. But such resolution has failed to materialise. It was as if some unseen but strong force continued to stoke the embers. Instead of calling a prudent ceasefire, too many people sought more destructive weapons against one another.
“Order, party discipline and mutual respect went out of the window. Members instituted all manner of court cases, most of them destructive, some of them frivolous, none of them necessary. In the process, a dense fog fell upon our party.”
EX-NWC MEMBERS SHOULD SHEATHE THEIR SWORDS’
The APC leader appealed to former members of the party’s NWC to sheathe their swords and “look to the larger picture”.
He said members must “subordinate their ambitions to health and well-being of the party” against all odds.
“Never should our party be defined by one person’s interests or even the amalgam of all members’ individual interests, he said adding that “a successful party must be greater than the sum of its parts”.
The NWC took to the appeal of the party’s national leader, yesterday, Members of the dissolved NWC of the APC said they had agreed to work with the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, saying they would not challenge their dissolution in court
EDO, ONDO GUBER POLLS UP NEXT
He added that the party must unite to win the governorship elections in Edo — where the incumbent defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and emerged its candidate — and Ondo states.
“We have governorship elections around the corner in Edo and a primary and elections in Ondo. On these important events we must concentrate our immediate energies,” he said.
“In Edo, we must rally round our candidate Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu. In this, Comrade Oshiomhole has a crucial role to play. I congratulate him for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our President in accepting the dissolution of the NWC. I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energise the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.”