That decision was upheld by both the High Court and later the Court of Appeal. To make matters worse, the APC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC Caretaker Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, APC Governors and other key leaders of the party also agreed to dissolve the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
That decision made it impossible for Oshiomhole to nurse the hope that he would continue in office to complete his tenure as the party's National Chairman. APC NEC then appointed a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the party.
Oshiomhole came back to the limelight in 2020 hoping to help APC win Edo State governorship election by backing the party's governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu to defeat Governor Godwin Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. But, Oshiomhole and his camp lost the battle as Obaseki won them hands down. Since then, Oshiomhole decided to lie low and be out of political limelight. However, Oshiomhole has another opportunity to do a very important assignment in APC which could bring him back to power in Nigeria.
One important assignment that can help bring Oshiomhole back to power.
As a strong loyalist and ally to a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Oshiomhole will work very well for him as Tinubu sets his eyes on becoming President of Nigeria in 2023. Maybe that has been the plan all along because Tinubu used all he could to back Oshiomhole and to get the backing of Buhari to support Oshiomhole to emerge APC National Chairman. It worked but things turned out badly that Oshiomhole did not complete his tenure.
Oshiomhole would have made it even easier for Tinubu to emerge APC presidential candidate in 2023 if he were still the National Chairman of the party. Nevertheless, Oshiomhole will most likely return to active politics to work for Tinubu's victory in 2023 with a view to helping him to win the presidential election. As for winning the primary, Tinubu will work things out because he is a big fish. He already has the structure, the strong loyalists, the financial war chest and other things that will help him to make it work out in his favour.
More than he worked for Ize-Iyamu in Edo election 2020, Oshiomhole will come all out with his loyalists, structures and everything in his arsenal to fight for Tinubu to emerge the President of Nigeria in 2023. Apart from the fact that it gives Oshiomhole the opportunity to pay Tinubu back for backing him and helping him attain greater height of power, it also presents Oshiomhole the opportunity of bouncing back to power if Tinubu emerges the President.
This is because Tinubu may appoint him either Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief of Staff, Minister or even heavily back him to return as the National Chairman of APC if that is what Oshiomhole prefers. Oshiomhole knows that Tinubu can do that for him if he (Tinubu)emerges President of Nigeria.
So, watch out for Oshiomhole. You will see how he will come out with full force work for Tinubu in APC to help him win the election. Oshiomhole will take Tinubu's campaign so serious as if he is even the one contesting. This is because, apart from using that opportunity to pay Tinubu back, Oshiomhole knows that his golden opportunity to salvage his political future depends on that as it could help him return back to power at the national level if Tinubu wins.
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