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Pulse Opinion Is Adams Oshiomhole on the run?

Some say APC Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has fled Nigeria in order to escape DSS investigation. Oshiomhole has to speak up now to put the rumour mill to sleep.

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Is Oshiomhole on the run? play Adams Oshiomhole has been accused of fleeing Nigeria to escape DSS interrogation (pmnewsnigeria)

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, certainly hasn’t been the same man since the governing political party concluded its primaries for the 2019 election.

There are rumours that Oshiomhole fled the country and that he is on the run. But why exactly would he do a thing like that?

First, there are a couple of state governors who can’t stand Oshiomhole right now. Three of these governors are Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and Rochas Okorocha of Imo. All three have gone on the record to label Oshiomhole one of the worst things to ever happen to the APC in recent times.

Amosun fell out with Oshiomhole after his preferred candidate to succeed him, Abiodun Akinlade, wasn’t handed the APC governorship ticket for Ogun. Instead, the Oshiomhole led APC National Working Committee (NWC) settled for Dapo Abiodun.

Gov Okorocha reacts to Oshiomhole’s comment on his style of leadership play Imo State Gov Okorocha can't stand the sight of Oshiomhole at the moment (Pulse)

 

Okorocha’s grouse with Oshiomhole has been well documented as well. The APC favoured the governorship candidacy of Hope Uzodinma over Uche Nwosu, who is Okorocha’s son-in-law.

There are also reports that the Department of State Security (DSS) grilled Oshiomhole before he fled the country. TheCable and Punch extensively reported how President Buhari gave his blessings for Oshiomhole to be questioned for allegedly receiving bribe money from aspirants during the primaries.

Punch quotes a DSS source as saying: “The comrade (Oshiomhole) is expected to return  for further interrogation when he returns to the country.  That’s why we released him on administrative bail.

“We are still looking at his statements and also carrying out further investigations.  This type of operation is not meant for the members of the public”.

How Buhari asked Oshiomhole not to cancel Lagos primary play Oshiomhole and Buhari during the campaign for Fayemi in Ekiti (Tolani Ali)

 

Punch adds that “presidency sources told one of our correspondents that the president actually asked the secret police to “go ahead and do their job” when he was told about the allegations of the party chairman".

There have also been strident calls for Oshiomhole to resign as APC Chairman.

APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, has asked the DSS to probe Oshiomhole’s call logs for the period the party’s primaries lasted. “I, therefore, once again stridently call on Comrade Oshiomhole to instead of pontification, grandstanding and running away from the country, do the needful by honourably resigning the chairmanship of our great party", Okechukwu says.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also typically waded in.

PDP says FG's looters' List is baseless play PDP spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan says Oshiomhole shouldn't be allowed to flee (ThisDay)

 

According to PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan: “It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the DSS hook as well as sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom”.

There is a huge possibility that Oshiomhole is being hounded by the powerful toes he stepped on and that the governors whose handpicked candidates were overlooked by Oshiomhole, would stop at nothing to kick him out. There is a sense that governors who were so used to having their way and who imposed candidates however they deemed fit in the past, can't stand an Oshiomhole who is now putting them in their places and cleaning up the party.

Gov Amosun says Oshimhole wants to hijack Ogun government play Ogun State Governor Amosun wasn't allowed to impose a candidate to succeed him, according to Oshiomhole (Rock City FM)

 

The one interesting thing about this whole story is that Oshiomhole hasn’t uttered a word about being grilled by the DSS or fleeing the country. Which begs the question: for a man who never misses the opportunity to rant, blare, and spit invectives in people's faces, why has the APC Chairman gone quiet?

Instead, pictures of Oshiomhole having drinks with his wife in an exquisite restaurant abroad, have suffused the internet.

play Oshiomhole is pictured chilling out with his wife in an unnamed country abroad (@DOlusegun/Twitter)

 

However, there comes a time, like now, when silence is no longer golden. Oshiomhole needs to speak up to refute or confirm reports that he was indeed grilled by the DSS and state why he was taken in for questioning. He is the chairman of the governing party for chrissake! Silence and propaganda photographs won’t cut it anymore at this point.

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