- The APC has accused it’s former national chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, of lacking the courage to confront political despots who couldn’t abide by the party’s rules
- The APC’s spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, recalled that it was during Oyegun’s tenure that some impudent members called the party's bluff by imposing themselves on NASS as leaders
- According to Issa Onilu, the PDP bounced back because the APC did not live up to expectations
The past National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Chief John Odigie Oyegun has been accused by the party of lacking the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by its rules.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this in Abuja, following Oyegun’s criticism of the party’s leadership, Daily Trust reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that the APC spokesman alleged that there had been widespread indiscipline across party ranks, lack of respect for party supremacy as witnessed in the 8th National Assembly leadership, as a result of Oyegun’s lack of leadership qualities.
He said: “Let me agree that the NWC that led the party into the 2015 elections and continued till June 2018 did nothing different from what you would find in PDP.
“It was a period the party was seen as a mere vehicle to attain political office. The system accommodated impunity as certain members appeared to be superior to the party.
“Their interests were far more important than the collective interests of the APC, even when most times, such interests are at variance with the ideals the party stands for.”
Issa-Onilu recalled that it was under the APC’s previous leadership that some impudent members called the bluff of the party by imposing themselves on the National Assembly as leaders, contrary to the position of the party.
He said: “Where was the party? Where was the discipline when this happened? It would be difficult to calculate what lack of courage to assert the party supremacy cost APC over that period.
“The consequences of the inaction of the party were unimaginable. We all saw the consequences on governance as the National assembly practically held our government to ransom.
“The impunity, which President Muhammadu Buhari has rightly described as lack of patriotism, constituted an unfortunate hindrance to the smooth running of government.
“The leadership under Chief Oyegun, with due respect to him, condoned all sorts of acts of indiscipline from certain members. It is not surprising that the current National Working Committee inherited such a huge mess, where the party was struggling to differentiate itself from the delinquent PDP.
“We all know that PDP was practically dead, following the devastating defeat of 2015. The PDP bounced back not because the party has changed its insidious way or did anything different, but because APC did not live up to expectations.
“It goes without saying that when an organisation is unable to enforce its own rules, it would suffer the consequences sooner than later.
“We should not be ashamed to say that our party’s leadership under Chief Oyegun lacked the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party’s rules.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the APC said aggrieved members are free to exit the party and join the PDP.
In a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said the next three years are very important.
The party's spokesman added that the APC under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole will continue to strengthen compliance with the rules, build support structures for democracy, ensures discipline across board, and deliver good governance for the benefit of all Nigerians.
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