The ensuing crisis in the All Progressives Congress appears to have worsened after eight governors on the platform of the party on Tuesday, June 23, demanded for the immediate resignation of the party’s National chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The call for Oyegun’s resignation follows a closed-door meeting he held with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, June 22, at his Abuja residence.
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The governors, according to Vanguard, appear to be displeased by the fact that the chairman chose to meet with Senator Saraki and Dogara, who have been accused of carrying out a tactical coup against the leadership of the party in an election that saw them emerge as senate president and speaker, House of Representatives respectively.
The governors, have also faulted Oyegun in his handling of the National Assembly election which saw the party’s anointed candidates, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamilla lose out.
The governors accuse him of complicity in the process that saw Saraki emerge as Senate President, alleging that he collected gifts from Saraki while pretending to be on the side of the party.
The governors, who want Oyegun to step down include Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun).
Others are Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger) Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Abubuakar Badaru (Jigawa).
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Meanwhile, leaders of the APC have endorsed Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, George Akume and five others as principal officers of the National Assembly
The party adopted the lists submitted by The Unity Forum (Senate) and The Loyalists (House of Representatives) to heal the wounds and reconcile all after the June 9 controversial elections.