(By Chris K.Amadi) – The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 thrown out the appeal filed by Adams Oshiomhole challenging the High Court decision sacking him as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress consequent upon his valid suspension by the All Progressives Congress in his ward. The court said Oshiomhole’s appeal lacked merit.
The unanimous decision of the three man panel of the Appeal Court led by Justice Mohammed Lamido means that Oshiomhole has ceased to be the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, a development that is coming after last Friday’s disqualification of Governor Obaseki of Edo State from participation in the 22 June governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State.
The decision of the Court of Appeal, according to political watchers, have introduced a new twist in the battle for the sole of Edo State. Although reports that looked like an after thought are emerging that Obaseki has not defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, there were strong indications that he had began to make moves to leave the All Progressives Congress, APC, in order to realize his second term ambition on another political platform.
He had reportedly met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, among others on what many saw as strategic consultations to smoothen the ground for his defection.
Meanwhile, it is however not clear if Governor Obaseki will beat a retreat in the light of the current developments, but their remained issues of some of his supporters, including his deputy who are said to have defected to the PDP, to protest the alleged dictatorial tendencies of Adams Oshiomhole to frustrate the second term bid of Obaseki on the APC platform.
Observers who are worried by the twists and turns in the politics of Edo state, where governorship election is billed for September have not forgotten the position of Adams Oshiomhole on god fatherism in Nigerian politics. They insist that the former governor, by insisting on deciding on who gets what in Edo state is eating his own words:
“…The people should decide who becomes their leader and that leader will not be answerable to any godfather , but to them. I have made a promise to myself that the day I leave office, I will never interfere or distract whoever governs afterwards”.
With the emergent developments, the next few days will tell whether Governor Obaseki will laugh last: stay and grab APC’s governorship ticket , or go ahead with the rumoured defection