Peter Esele: Oshiomhole's Utterances, Huge Embarrassment To Nigeria
Former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Peter Esele, has called for the removal of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) over his poor handling of the party’s affairs. In a statement on Saturday titled: “APC: Time for Adams Oshiomhole to go,” the former Labour leader blamed the loss of Bayelsa state by the APC on Oshiomhole’s complicity in fielding an ineligible candidate for the state governorship election. He said that Oshiomhole’s utterances have also become a source of embarrassment for the APC, warning that the ruling party must do all that was necessary to defend the institutions of the state. While recalling the loss of Zamfara state to the opposition, the Edo state-born Labour activist warned that the APC may also find itself without a governorship candidate in the forthcoming Edo state election because of Oshiomhole’s interference. Esele maintained that APC had outgrown Oshiomhole’s theatrics, saying that it was time for the party to thank and get rid of him. The post read: “This is a difficult one to write, but there comes a time when you must make a clear distinction between individual and institutional interests. There comes a time when you must choose sides. This is one of such pivotal moments. The National Chairman of APC cannot claim ignorance that the Deputy Gubernatorial candidate of the Party in Bayelsa was ineligible to contest the election which led to the Supreme court verdict. “His utterances about national issues have become a huge source of embarrassment to the party and the country at large. The APC as the governing party must do all it can to defend the institutions of the state no matter the pain or interests. Failure to do so is a recipe for anarchy,” he said.