The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
The Minister made this call at his home in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, while addressing Journalists.
Shittu attacked Oshiomhole for asking for the removal of Mahmood Yakubu, as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He stressed that the removal of Yakubu, due to INEC’s postponement of the general elections, may cause more havoc to the Commission.
“When Oshiomhole supervised that party’s primary 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?”
Shittu argued that this is the first general elections to be supervised by Yakubu.
“This is the first election that Professor Yakubu would be conducting; so, 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 the resignation of INEC Chairman.”