The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has no moral right to attack the INEC chairman.
Shittu said Oshiomhole has no moral pedigree to call for the resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The minister stated this at his home in Ibadan on Monday while addressing journalists.
Shittu ambitious to be the governor of Oyo State on the platform of the ruling party, APC was shattered. After he was disqualified from contesting the primaries by an APC screening committee set up by the leadership of the party.
Oshiomhole had questioned Shittu’s governorship ambition after the minister was exposed by Premium Times for skipping the mandatory National Youth Service Corps.
During the address on Monday with the press, Shittu also rejected calls for the removal of Mahmood Yakubu as the INEC chairman.
He said the removal of Yakubu due to INEC’s postponement of the general elections may cause more havoc to the commission.
Yakubu has been criticized by many Nigerians including Oshiomhole with some calling for his resignation.
Contrarily to Shittu, while addressing journalists at his Ibadan residence on Monday, said even if the INEC chairman leaves office now, the election may need to be postponed for the incoming chairman to prepare for fresh elections that would be credible, free and fair.
“When Oshiomhole supervised those 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 the 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 the 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?” he concluded.