National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole left the country early Thursday in the midst of the furore caused by his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) earlier this week.
This comes after Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State secured bail for Oshiomhole from DSS after he underwent nine hours of interrogation on Sunday and for several hours again on Monday, Daily Trust writes.
Oshiomole found himself in the eye of a storm after numerous petitions sent to DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Presidency arising from APC’s primary elections, which led to bitter acrimony in several states with allegations of bribery and manipulation leading to the current state of near-implosion.
The embattled national chairman reportedly marginalized the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), usurped its functions, relocated from the party’s national headquarters to his personal campaign secretariat at Asokoro and thereafter run the primaries with the cooperation of only a handful of NWC members.
It is understood that APC and Presidency officials have been huddled in discussions about the chairman’s fate and the damage that recent events could do to the party, ahead of the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed to journalists yesterday in Abuja that Oshiomhole had travelled out of the country, though he declined to comment on his reported grilling by the DSS.
“We do not have any information on this rumour. More so, the chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated
“He travelled last night (Tuesday night)” but added that “I do not have this information [as to where he travelled to]. I do know it’s a scheduled personal trip he could not make last week due to the November 2 deadline for the submission of candidate,” Issa-Onilu said.