Edo State APC Stakeholders have called on the controversial Director General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, to withdraw his widely-published malicious statement against the party’s National Chair, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole within the next seven days or risk a legal action.
The Edo APC Stakeholders statement was signed by Chief Francis Inegbeneki and Alhajj Sukeiman Bagudu.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Edo State APC Stakeholders has been drawn to the so-called memo written to the Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee by the Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, wherein he accused the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of being the problem in the APC.
“We find that statement as malicious as it was insulting and we have given the sychophantic DG of the Forum 7 days to withdraw the offensive statement and apologise to Comrade Oshiomhole or risk a legal action.
“Whereas, the entire content of his so-called memo tantamount to arrant nonsense, he has, as a matter of fact, ceased being the DG of the Progressives Governors’ Forum from the day he decided to market his soul to those who were afraid of the on-going reforms in the APC being spearheaded by the Oshiomhole -led NWC.
“He obviously has turned himself to a PDP man, masquerading as an associate of APC governors.
“For so long, we have kept quiet to his tantrums against the APC National Chair, thinking that himself and his co-travelers, including Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, would turn a new leaf but they have persisted in their evil plot against Comrade Oshiomhole.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is not in the same category with small-minded men, like Lukman, who are making frantic efforts to please their pay masters.
“We are aware of his nocturnal visits to Edo Government House where he leaves with Ghana-Must-Go bags.
“If his memo is not full of mischief and motivated by compromised conscience that was not out to promote reconciliation, he should not have sent it to the press before making it available to the Committee members.
“The point we make is that a memo he had prepared for the Bisi Akande Committee should not have got to the press before members of the Committee.
“To appreciate how mischievous the so-called Lukman is, he delved into Edo State politics to appease his pay master when he claimed the National Chairman is surrounded by sychophants in Edo as result of which he ( National Chairman) does not take advice.
“If he does not know, the biggest sychophants around Oshiomhole were his (Lukman’s) friends-Obaseki and Philip Shaibu-who are his links to Edo State Government House. These two people decieved Oshiomhole into giving them power and today they want to kill all the leaders in Edo due to their desperation for a second term.
“We advise Lukman to continue to cultivate his new farm in Obaseki and Shaibu but he should stop insulting Oshiomhole or APC leaders because they are not on the same political pedestal.
“If he wants to be the National Chairman of the APC, he should wait for the next national convention to contest. But he should first test his popularity in his home state by running for councillorship position and see if he will win.
“We use this opportunity to also call on the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, to call his DG to order unless he is the one fueling the insults against Comrade Oshiomhole.
“It is even an insult on the governors to see their national chairman being attacked persistently by their DG. It is uncalled for and unacceptable to us.
“Edo APC will not tolerate any attempt to take Oshiomhole for granted by bread-and-butter men like Lukman.
“We will soon expose all Lukman’s dealings with the Edo State government and the world will know how deceitful he is. Indeed, Lukman lacks the moral standing to talk about Oshiomhole. He should go and contest election or keep his mouth shut.”