From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state and former commissioner for Information and Culture, Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, has blamed the chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole, over the outcome of the Bayelsa governorship debacle leading to the nullification of David Lyon mandate by the Supreme Court.
Vatsa made the clarification while speaking to some journalists in Minna, where he however exonerated both the Supreme Court and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the woos of APC in the country.
According to him, “APC is the architect of its present predicaments if the truth must be told and the consequences must be dam. You can only reap what you planted”.
Vatsa who is a former Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, who was reacting to comments by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole, condemning both the Supreme Court and INEC over the disqualification of the governor elect, said the party leadership should look inward and ask themselves some fundamental questions rather than engaging on what he called “dictatorial comments”, capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the country.
“I strongly think that the party leadership should tell us who were the people that screened the deputy governor elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo to contest the election in the first place. Which paper did he present to the screening committee before he was cleared.
“Or didn’t he undergo screening before contesting the primary election of the party, the national leadership of the party owe us some explanations.
“Until the national leadership of our party answer these questions, the national Chairman should stop chasing shadow. You can’t plant yam and want to harvest cassava, it is not possible.
“If the National Chairman is struggling to keep his job as the national Chairman of the party despite the huge crisis that have bedeviled the party under him, there are better way to go about it”.
Vatsa than explained that the party lost elections in Rivers, Zamfara and now Bayelsa because the party leadership imposed candidates on the people due to their selfish interest and not of the party’s interest, stressing that the pains the party is going through today are self inflicted pains.
According to him “Politics of godfatherism is almost consuming the party. APC is becoming like animal farm where some animals are more equal than the others, and this is not good for a party that came with “change mantra”.
Vatsa traced the genesis of the crisis in APC in almost all the states of federation to injustice and lack of fair play, which he said led to the failure of the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, stressing that “anywhere that there is no justice and equity, crisis takes center stage”.
He reiterated that if the party did not put its house in order before 2023, and lack of compensation for hard working members, it might as well forget retaining power at the center “because a party where crisis is the hallmark of its achievements must surely crumble.
He added “honestly I am not a prophet but I see President Buhari going with his party in 2023. What is happening today in our government is far from the change that we promised Nigerians”.
Vatsa therefore sympathized with David Lyon whom he said saw the gate of heaven but could not enter “because the party leadership failed in it responsibility”.