War in APC over poll funds, as Omisore slams N500m suit on Lukman


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Lukman, the national vice chairman of the party North West region, has been a vocal proponent of forcing Adamu and Omisore out of office, 

By Omeiza Ajayi

The leading All Progressives Congress, APC, is in the middle of another crisis after National Vice Chairman, North-West, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, suggested that National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, be removed from their positions.


Lukman, who also accused Omisore of mishandling party funds in Osun State, had said on Friday that there was a need to ensure religious balancing with a Muslim-Muslim presidency of Aswáj Bola Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima and that Adamu should be replaced with a Christian. He also said that Omisore should be removed because his arrival had split the Osun State chapter of the party.


“Apart from changing the national chairman, there is the need to recognize that the case of Senator Iyiola Omisore, National Secretary of the party, has become a source of stronger dispute in Osun State.

“Unfortunately, rather than serving as a unifying factor for the party leadership in Osun State, Sen. Omisore is more a divisive factor, which may have been responsible for why APC lost the 2022 governorship election to a political mediocre whose only qualification in politics may appear to be a comic dancing skill.

“To save Osun State and bring it back to its old standard of national political reckoning, Omisore would need to resign as National Secretary of APC, and a new unifying National Secretary elected.

‘’Beyond Omisore, similarly, any member of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, who is not a unifying leader in his/her state should be changed,” Lukman had advised.


On the other hand, Lukman reportedly went even further in an interview with Africa Independent Television AlT on Tuesday, March 14, accusing Omisore of mismanaging funds deployed for the Previous Osun State governorship election.

Retaliation from Omisore:

Omisore’s lawyers, ‘Lords Temple,’ have written Lukman and demanded a retraction of the libelous statement and an apology be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets within 48 hours, as well as “the payment of the sum of N500 million as damages for malicious statement against our client.”

In the demand notice approved by Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, the APC National Secretary’s lawyers said among others: “Our instruction is that during an interview on Africa Independent Television, AlT, on March 14, 2023, which was published in several online news blogs, social media platforms, television stations, and news media outlets, including on March 15, 2023, by Amiladenews.com, an online news blog, you made a libelous and defamatory statement of and concerning our client.

“In the said interview, you besmirched the character and integrity of our client, Senator lyiola Omisore, in the following terms: ‘And that is where we are and that is partly what is producing some of the unhealthy development in (the party).

“For instance, Osun State, which is part of the reason I said the National Secretary has failed, in terms of stabilizing Osun and uniting people. Part of the issue with that is that I am aware the party has given some campaign funds to Osun which was handled by the National Secretary and to some extent, he has either mismanaged it but more importantly, he is not accounting to anybody and you have to activate the process of accountability.

“Our client has informed us that your statement is not only false, misleading, and without any factual basis but malicious in all material respect. It is by the reckoning of our client, a deliberate attempt sponsored and/or designed to malign his image and his political stature as a leader of note in Osun State, the South-West geopolitical zone, and Nigeria as a whole.

“It is important to reiterate that the spurious allegation made in your statement of March 14, 2023, against our client is false in all ramifications as our client was neither given any money to prosecute the Osun State governorship election nor did he mismanage the non-existing campaign funds.

“It is clear beyond doubt that your statement and publication was a political ploy with the intent to impugn the reputation and integrity of our client and unjustifiably and unwarrantedly assassinate his character in the eyes of right-thinking members of the public.

“Our client has consequently directed us to request for a retraction of your libelous statement and publication and an apology to be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets not later than 48 hours of the delivery of this letter and also the payment of the sum  of N500 million only as damages for malicious statement against our client.”


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