The former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the letter purportedly written by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, to the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is fake.
Naija News recalls that Adamu had in a leaked letter, allegedly accused Tinubu of running a one-man show and sidelining the National Working Committee (NWC) in the composition of his presidential campaign council.
The APC chairman in the letter said the newly constituted campaign council membership list was not a true representation of the three-man committee set up to harmonise it.
But in an interview on Arise News Television on Wednesday night, Oshiomhole said Adamu cannot be held liable for the leaked letter, adding that he has not committed any offence.
The former APC chairman stated that any letter not duly signed or authorized by an appropriate authority and not properly signed off should be taken as fake.
He said, “As the chairman of the PGF said, there is always a time for everything. Even for pure administrative work, you asked your secretary to draft a letter (and it is not more than a draft) in a world dominated by social media where everyone is a journalist, somebody will take a picture and publish it in your name. And these are the new reality that we have to deal with.
“But it will not disturb the fact that those leakages are no more than draft. It is the APC that gave birth to the presidential candidate and it was the APC Convention that provided the platform on which the candidate was elected.
“So whatever the candidate is doing, there are huge opportunities for his own initiatives but those initiatives have to be reconciled with the party so that there is a sense of ownership of whatever comes out.
“I think the interesting thing is that, unlike some situations in other political parties, we are having a candidate and a party in which everybody wants to be seen as participating in the campaign.
“They are fake in the sense that if it is not authorized and signed off, it is not an official document. You cannot tender it. Until there is a procedure, as we discuss today at the presidential campaign, the party has to own up to it. The chairman of the presidential council has to endorse it and, of course, the candidate.
“So there is no confusion at all. It is just that when you have so much enthusiasm, everyone wants to be part of the action because we believe that we have the candidate who will deliver.”