Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says every member of the party’s national working committee (NWC) must take directive from him.
Babatunde Ogala, national legal adviser of the party, had accused Oshiomhole of usurping his office.
In an internal memo addressed to the chairman, Ogala said the national
chairman is fond of sidelining the party’s legal department.
He alleged that Oshiomhole had refused to consult him over issues his office should handle.
But in an interview with Daily Trust, Oshiomhole said the constitution
of the party provides that he is the chief executive officer (CEO) of
He said: “We have a constitution. It’s very clear that nobody is an
island to himself or herself. Yes, we have 21 elected members of the
NWC. We constitute an organ. It is not 21 NWCs, it’s one, and the duties
and responsibilities of the chairman are well-stated. Among others, it
provides that the chairman is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the
party. He is also the chief accounting officer.
“The word CEO has the same meaning everywhere in the world. The fact
that you are the head of a department or a division, or a unit, does not
isolate you from taking a directive from the CEO. So, if there is
anyone, including a legal adviser, who thinks that he is running a
different system that is not accountable to the internal structures and
power and control within the party, the challenge may be his.
“But again, those are all part of the distractions. What happens in
government and some organisations is that if you don’t pay attention to
some minute areas, they become the entry point for opponents to
infiltrate and create maximum damage. What are the issues? The right to
nominate who represents us, the right to be consulted.
“If I am taken to court as national chairman, and my name is mentioned,
or they just write national chairman and write All Progressives
Congress, common sense should ask, should I have the right to be
informed and to approve who represents the party in a lawsuit? Why would
anybody want to monopolise that? For me it’s straightforward. I have
seen ridiculous situations in which people who took our party to court
come to me to say, ‘Allow me to nominate the person who’ll represent the
APC’ so that they are guaranteed of the outcome of the case.
“I cannot oblige such a request, and if insisting that the right thing
is done leads to internal memos that some choose to publish, my eye is
on the ball, to protect the corporate interest of the APC.”
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