- Ex-APC national chairman, Odigie-Oyegun, has fired back at his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, accusing him of his incapability to really manage the affairs of the party
- Oyegun also pointed out all the areas where the former labour leader made errors
- The Former national chairman disclosed all that while reacting to claims that he is behind the challenges Oshiomhole is currently facing in office
Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday, June 4, alleged that his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, ran the most fraudulent primaries in the history of politics in Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that Odigie-Oyegun made the allegation while reacting to an earlier statement by the national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, which described the erstwhile chairman’s era as a replica of the undisciplined style of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “Oshiomhole should not destroy what others had laboured to build. If he needs tutorial on how to run a party, he should ask for it civilly. John Oyegun will be more than happy to help.”
Ray Morphy, public affairs Adviser to Chief Odigie-Oyegun in the statement said his principal’s era was the golden era of the APC.
The statement read: “The Oshiomhole executive is about a year in office, why does he find it hard to function without looking for excuses and scape goats? It is common knowledge that Oshiomhole ran the most fraudulent primaries in the history of politics in Nigeria.
"The courts are saying the same thing today by upturning many APC primaries for being undemocratic and less than fair. Was it Oyegun who ran the primaries?”, he queried. Onuesoke faults statement against Okowa’s appointments(Opens in a new browser tab)
“A accomplished technocrat, a super permanent secretary, a former Governor, a man without blemish working with others, cobbled together creditably the legacy parties, and held them together with tact, diplomacy and finesse until Oshiomhole came along. To his credit, Oyegun did not lose one member of the party.”
While he said the former chairman, being an elder will not join issues with his successor, Morphy said it was absurd for the APC to have lost more States with all the resources at the disposal of Comrade Oshiomhole.
“As an elder, as a leader, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun will not join issues with those who apparently are casting about looking for excuses for their inability to manage a ruling party successfully. Indeed it is absurd to lose states with all the capacity at the disposal of the current Chair.
“Party members know that APC witnessed its golden years under the chairmanship of Oyegun and no one can change that bit of political history.
“By the way, the vote increase to the president is a reflection of the confidence the people repose in the President despite the fumbles of the Oshiomhole sole administratorship of the party!.
“It will be recalled that Chief John Odigie-Oyegun just received The Zik award for Political Leadership alongside John Mahama, the former President of Ghana.
He said: "Oshiomhole should not destroy what others had laboured to build. If he needs tutorial on how to run a party, he should ask for it civilly. John Oyegun will be more than happy to help, after all, no man would like to see his son scatter what he had laboured to build.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the deputy national chairman (north) of the APC, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, may have lost his battle to get Oshiomhole sacked as the party’s national chairman.
The crisis in the ruling party worsened on Monday, May 20 as Shuaibu in a letter called on Oshiomhole to resign as national chairman.
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