Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said that APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, lacks moral justification to call for the resignation of INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmoud’s resignation, over the postponement of the elections.
Shortly after INEC announced the sudden postponement of the elections, Oshiomole who appeared shocked by the announcement, called for Mahmoud’s resignation. In his opinion, the action of the INEC chairman and his team to postpone the electuion was borne from their lack of competence to conduct the elections.
Reacting to Oshiomole’s call, Shittu said Oshiomole has no moral justification to criticize Mahmoud after he conducted the most fraudulent primary in the history of APC. Shittu who was gunning to be the APC governorship candidate in Oyo state, was screened out after he was exposed for skipping the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“When Oshiomhole supervised that party primaries elections, which can be described as most horrible and corrupt in the history of the party, who called for his resignation? I will not support such call for resignation of the INEC chairman. To err is human. We have not seen any political motivation as to what has happened in INEC.
If Oshiomhole calls for resignation of the INEC chairman, he should also be preparing to resign as chairman of APC for conducting primaries marred by irregularities, and even accused of corruption in its conduct. Did anybody ask him to resign for the horrible management of primary elections under his watch?
“This is the first election that Professor Yakubu would be conducting, we need to give him the benefit of doubt and I will advise that all the political parties should be vigilant. If you bring in another chairman, when does such person begin to learn the process? Or will you on the basis of that call for another rescheduling of the elections? Certainly, it is unacceptable for anyone to ask for resignation of INEC chairman.” he said