- The outgoing national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has come under fire for his recent actions
- A chieftain of the APC and former governorship candidate of the party in 2015 in Ebonyi state, Senator Julius Ucha, is not happy with Oyegun
- Ucha accused the APC national chairman of deliberately creating more problems for the party before leaving his position
The outgoing national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has been accused of deliberately creating more problems for the party before leaving his position, which comes to a halt this month.
The accusation was made by a chieftain of the APC and former governorship candidate of the party in 2015 in Ebonyi state, Senator Julius Ucha.
Speaking to journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital on Sunday, June 17, Senator Ucha, chided Oyegun, over a report credited to him in a national daily that the senator would soon join a few members who would be leaving the party in a few weeks, stressing that Oyegun can’t force him out of the party.
Ucha said that thinking that some people would leave the party because he (Oyegun) had inflicted much injuries on the party was a big mistake, stressing that the new leadership that would emerge will work hard to prepare the party ahead of the general election.
His words: “Oyegun thinks that the injury he has done over the years to some key members of the party will force them out of the party, but he’s just daydreaming because he’s a wounded lion. He is the person who will definitely leave the party though he thinks that some of us that he has consistently made it impossible to function in our states will leave but we will remain in our great party, APC.”
He therefore warned against the use of fake delegates who were not elected in the just concluded state congresses of the party to vote during the forthcoming national convention of the party.
He noted that the recent inauguration of the state chairmen of the party in Abuja by Oyegun was a ploy to create more problems for the party despite a warning from the national legal adviser of the party.
He said available records including that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that there were no ward congresses in five out of the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi state.
Describing the inauguration as illegal and a nullity, the chieftain therefore warned that the use of delegates who were not validly elected in their various state congresses would affect the validity of the convention and subsequent elections in the party.
“If the party allows him (Oyegun) to introduce delegates that were not dully elected according to Electoral Act and guidelines of the party, delegates that were made by overambitious politicians who stayed in their houses to write names and such delegates are allowed to be used in the upcoming national convention of the party, other political parties are watching; because that will affect the validity of the convention,” he said.
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Meanwhile, the immediate past representative of Ohaukwu/ Ebonyi federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Peter Oge-Ali, has said that the Igbos had fully embraced the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Oge-Ali, who made the disclosure on Friday, June 15 in Abakaliki in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), noted that the Igbos have realised the mistakes they made during the 2015 general elections.
The APC stalwart, who was formerly of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), said that Igbos had realised that APC was the only realisable path to the country’s presidency in 2023.
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