|National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun|
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said Monday that he would not be drawn into a war of words with one of the National Leaders of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the allegations levelled against him by the latter on the Ondo State governorship primary until after the governorship election in Edo State.
Oyegun who spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said: “Asiwaju is a well respected leader of the APC and as such, I cannot be heard speaking evil against him,” adding that he had to consult properly with other leaders of the party before making any definite statement because “you know we have a crucial election here in Edo which is my priority right now”.
According to Oyegun, “I don’t want to lose focus and I know Asiwaju also wants us to win because we all worked hard for this. So may be after the election if there is need, I will speak if there is no need, I will relax.
“But all I can say now is that most of the things said in the papers about me are not true. I have always believed in internal democracy, that the credibility of primary must be taken seriously.” He added: “I believe that if the primaries of parties are not credible, it may derail any democracy, so I don’t play with these things at all. Everybody knows me and I don’t joke with my credibility and I have tried to maintain it.
“Like I said, Asiwaju is our leader and we all hold him in high esteem, so I will never join issues with him. “But may be after the Edo elections, after we must have emerged victorious, we may speak on some of the issues raised. So there is no problem at all.
“Edo is the focus for now and as you know this is my state, so it is a very serious election for us. So I want to be allowed to remain focused; then after the election we can speak.”
However, Tinubu’s call for Oyegun’s resignation was backed by the estranged Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Timi Frank, who described it as a vindication of his earlier position that the Oyegun leadership had fallen short of expectations.