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Last week, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was accused of manipulating his party primaries across the country.
On Sunday, November 4, the Department of States Service (DSS) reportedly interrogated him for nine hours. This was based on allegations made by the state governors that he received bribes to influence primary elections.
APC primaries fallout
According to reports, recent controversies involving the APC have made some state governors unhappy, hence the move against Oshiomhole. In Zamfara, for example, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disqualified the party from participating in the 2019 elections because it did not conclude its primaries before the stipulated deadline.
Similarly, the Ogun Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had a squabble with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) after the committee picked another candidate for the 2019 polls over his preferred candidate, Abiodun Akinlade.
Shortly after Adams Oshiomhole’s interrogation with the DSS, he left the country for the United States, furthering rumours and side comments especially from the opposing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that he was indeed guilty of manipulating the APC primaries.
Perhaps expectedly, Oshiomhole returned from his trip and debunked claims that he was detained and interrogated by the DSS.
According to him, his visit to the United States was to be with his sick wife, Lara. And what happened with the DSS was only a chat on APC primaries.
“It was a conversation, not an arrest or detention. The conversation centred around APC primaries, The question now is whether or not it is the DSS job to interfere in a political party’s issues. And if there’s an allegation of corruption, it is the responsibility of EFCC and ICPC” - Adams Oshiomhole
When asked about the allegation of corruption, he laughed at the thought.
“Let me tell you, I’ve heard some people talk about bribe and Imo State. I’ve looked round and I’m asking myself, who, in Imo State can afford to bribe me.”
It is still unclear what the truth is about Oshiomhole’s DSS visit or detention. However, stakeholders remain concerned about the allegation of corruption and manipulation around the APC primaries.