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Oshiomhole Travels out after Eight Hours of DSS Interrogation

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, left the country early on Wednesday, November 8, in the midst of the commotion caused by his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5, Daily Trust reports.

It wasgathered that 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, November 5.

Oshiomhole's interrogation, was prompted by 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.

Sources said, most of the petitions, were from Imo, Ogun, Niger and Zamfara states. There were also petitions from Kaduna, Bauchi, Adamawa, Delta and Cross River states.

According to informed sources within the APC, the road to the current implosion started when Oshiomhole marginalised 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 ran the primaries with the cooperation of only four NWC members.

The NWC members that cooperated closely with the chairman are deputy national chairman (South) Niyi Adebayo, national auditor George Moghalu and national organizing secretary Emma Ibediro.

The APC chairman also delayed the appointment of screening and primary election committees for the states and insisted on centralizing it at national headquarters contrary to the previous practice of screening legislative aspirants in their states and governorship aspirants in the zonal offices.

An informed source, said the chairman selected persons to serve in the committees without the input of other party executives, which gave rise to allegations that there was a predetermined agenda for many states.

It was learnt from other top party sources that a petition from Adamawa said Oshiomhole orchestrated a crisis in the state with the intention of foisting the brother of President Buhari's wife as governorship candidate. He however backtracked and allowed Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow to win the primaries.

However, there were similar problems in Bauchi, Niger and Enugu states with more petitioners alleging that bribery was responsible for the slipshod manner in which primaries were handled in those states.

Following Oshiomhole’s hasty departure, APC and presidency officials were reportedly huddled in discussions about the chairman’s fate and the damage that recent events could do to the party, ahead of the 2019 elections.

Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC national publicity secretary, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja that Oshiomhole has travelled out of the country.

On the reported interrogation by the DSS, Issa-Onilu said, ‘’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.”

Asked when Oshiomhole travelled, he said “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 candidates.”