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March 16, 20204min1670
At last, Yahaya Bello dumps Oshiomhole

As intrigues and realignment hit fever pitch in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over its leadership crisis, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has finally dumped Adams Oshiomhole, the suspended Chairman of the party, Daily Mail reports.
His exit from the Oshiomhole’s camp further depletes his support base making his position untenable.
His decision to leave Oshiomhole’s camp after weeks of denial and horse trading, Daily Mail learnt, was based on assurances that he would be accommodated in the new leadership that will emerge as an executive governor as no one would be victimised.
Oshiomhole was suspended by an FCT High Court few weeks ago and has been unsuccessful in upturning that decision despite procuring a federal high court decision nullifying the earlier court ruling.
On Monday he headed for the Appeal Court, which refused to grant him a favourable decision, rather adjourned the case sine die.
Oshiomhole was instrumental to the re-emergence of Bello despite huge question marks based on his lack of performance during his first tenure.
But as it becomes very clear that Oshiomhole’s ouster may be a fait accompli, Bello, a source told Daily Mail has withdrawn his support for Oshiomhole.
Rather, he would be allowing party members who are members of the National Executive Committee, NEC, to attend the highly anticipated meeting on Tuesday at the National headquarters of the APC in Abuja.
A very reliable source who hinted Daily Mail on condition of anonymity said, “Our NEC members would attend the meeting. It’s a go-ahead from the highest authority in the state.”
Asked if the ‘highest authority’ was a reference to the Governor, he said, “highest authority and leader of the party in Nigeria, is our father Buhari. The same applies to all the states where you have governors.”
He explained that, “Politics is about interest and the goal is the interest. Once one’s goal can be actualized somewhere, you leave elsewhere.
“The fact is, we want peace in APC. It is the party to beat anytime. We can’t stay away from meetings, we must attend all and work hard to restrategize and reposition the party,” he said.
According to the aide, “The Court can settle the crisis, someone can honourably resign or the party highest organ can take a decision.”
Hello had earlier in the month denied being among those rooting for Oshiomhole’s ouster.
He spoke through his commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo.

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