DSS Grills Oshiomole Over APC Primaries Bribery Allegations, Tells Him To Resign
The Oasis Reporters
November 7, 2018
The heyday romance between Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the
Department of State Services (DSS) seems to have come to an end Sunday, as he was said to have been detained by the agency in a report filed by The Cable, an online news medium.
Oshiomhole was grilled by DSS operatives for nine hours after some APC governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country, prompting the DSS to demand
the APC chairman’s was resignation during interrogation.
Oshiomhole was said to have resisted the pressure to resign, saying he would only do so if he loses the confidence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC chairman told the DSS that the president was in the loop of every action he took during the party’s primaries.
“Adams Oshiomhole was arrested by the DSS, they didn’t show him any petition. It was alleged by some governors that he collected bribe during the primaries,” a source said.
“He was told to resign and he told DSS operatives that he will resign if he loses the confidence of the president. He said everything the party did, he (Buhari) was in the know.”
Another source said the president expressed shock at the governors’ move, saying he was not aware of the development.
“On Monday night Oshiomhole met with the president and briefed him on what happened and the president was shocked. The president said he did not know about it and promised to look into it,” the source said.
The APC primaries were marred by controversies. Elections in some states had to be repeated.
In Zamfara, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the party will not participate in the 2019 polls because it could not successfully conclude its primary elections before the deadline.
In Imo, the APC favoured the governorship candidature of Hope Uzodinma, senator representing Imo west, over Uche Nwosu, son-in-law of Rochas Okorocha, governor of the state.
Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun state governor, fell out with the party’s national working committee (NWC) after it chose Dapo Abiodun as the state’s gubernatorial candidate. Abiodun Akinlade is Amosun’s preferred candidate.
A number of APC governors have expressed disappointment over the way the national leadership of the party had gone about the issues, hence the move against Oshiomhole.
Time there was when Oshiomole was said to be so influential, he was suspected to have inspired the DSS into invading the National Assembly with the avowed objective of overthrowing the Senate leadership. Despite boasting openly about, he failed in the mission and the botched attempt led to the dismissal of the then DSS boss, Lawal Daura.
Additional Reporting: The Cable