- Former APC chairman John Oyegun has lashed out at his party over recurring crisis among members
- Oyegun lamented that the ruling party is becoming a threat to the legacy of President Buhari
- To address the crisis, Oyegun said the party's NEC must meet and set up a caretaker committee
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The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took another twist on Saturday, June 20, as the party's ex-chairman, John Oyegun, called for an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee.
Oyegun in a statement said the ruling party is fast becoming a threat to the legacy of President Buhari and his government, The Cable reports.
The APC chieftain lamented that the party has “brazenly subverted” its own principles of internal democracy in the past few months.
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According to him, the APC’s victory at the 2015 presidential election and the peaceful transfer of power that followed is a major testament of progress in the nation’s democracy.
He, however, said Nigeria is going backward while other African countries have marched forward, learning from the most populous black nation in 2015.
“Our own political party, the APC, is fast becoming the single most dangerous threat to the legacy of our government and our president,” the APC chieftain lamented.
To address the crisis in the ruling party, Oyegun said the party's NEC must meet and set up a caretaker panel.
The major duty of the committee will be to arrange for a special national convention, Oyegun said.
The APC leader's statement has caused huge reactions on social media.
Obed Etobe commented on Facebook: "In other words, the foundation of democracy laid by PDP in 16 years has been dismantled by APC in just 5 years."
"This man started the foundation of crisis in APC and still fuelling more trouble," Olatunde Joseph Akanni alleged.
Umoru Abdullahi Azeez said: "You created all the rot in APC today and any body who wants to correct the rot created by you is seen as an enemy that is the problem the party have today."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the APC in Edo, Anslem Ojezua, rejected the Hope Uzodinma-led committee recently inaugurated up by Hilliard Eta.
Reacting to the creation of the committee by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, Ojezua said that this will not be accepted because it was done at a time when the party was dealing with a lot of controversies.
First, Ojezua noted that Victor Giadom was made the acting national chairman of the ruling party by court order.
The APC boss in Edo added that the NWC did not get the consent of the party's NEC before setting up the committee.
He, therefore, went on to say that considering the situation, the Uzodinma-led committee cannot stand at the moment.
In another related report, Adams Oshiomhole's suspension as the national chairman of the APC has been lifted.
Oshiomhole's suspension was lifted by the Executives of the APC in ward 10 Estako West local government area of Edo state on Saturday, June 20.
Oshiomhole had earlier commented on the verdict of the Court of Appeal which upheld his suspension. He said he had accepted the verdict but said his lawyer will advise him on the next action to take.
“My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action,” he said.
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