These are cantankerous and trying times for the national politics of Nigeria and of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Information recently made available to 247ureports through sources indicate the national chairman of the APC, Adamu Aliyu Oshiomhole may have been gagged by the chieftains of the party in accordance with the presidency.
Adamu Oshiomhole according to the source was told to specifically stay away from making public appearances and making public comments on any issue.
Naija News recalls that the national party chairman had last made a public statement about two months ago concerning the constitution of the leadership of the two chambers of the national assembly.
He made bold the available leadership positions will be filled/occupied by only those preselected by the national party, nothing else.
Oshiomhole also threatened that erring legislators will be dealt with should they nominate and/or vote other lawmakers not preapproved by the party.
But select chieftains of the APC including cabinet members of the President felt uneasy by the continued rash pronunciations by the national chairman.
Some felt his actions were becoming counterproductive, and may result in the members of the national assembly to discard the APC pre-arrangement.
Our source indicates there were already signs showing the APC lawmakers were setting up another arrangement different from what the APC leadership had prescribed.
The lawmakers were shifting away from Lawan as the choice for Senate President in protest against the Oshiomhole/Tinubu threat.
Led by Senator Lawan, a group of high ranking APC members including Bola Tinubu, approached the national chairman.
He was sat down and told to refrain from making any further proclamations publicly concerning the national assembly or any issue until the leadership tussle is over.
He was told that his continuous comments were becoming counterproductive for the party.
However, Oshiomhole rebuffed the delegation as not being serious – that he cannot be gagged as the national chairman of the party.
As expected, the delegation reminded him of the ease with which he could be removed and possibly charged for financial crimes, if he insists on carrying on.
The meeting was said to end with uncertainty. The delegation did not get clear assurances that he will adhere to their instructions at the end of the meeting. Neither did Oshiomhole indicate he will not adhere.
Following the meeting, however, Oshiomhole has gone off the radar. For the last two months, he has avoided visiting his office at the APC National Secretariat. He has also not made a public statement.