Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), is at war as a National Leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is calling for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun.
Tinubu’s call was in connection with the just concluded governorship primaries in Ondo state. Tinubu alleged that Oyegun fraudulently spearheaded the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Recall that there was crisis in the Ondo state’s chapter of the APC in the run up to the primaries as some members alleged that Tinubu was planning to impose his candidate on them.
Unknown persons at one time, sealed off the party’s secretariat in Akure with ‘juju’.
Tinubu said about the party’s National chairman:
“Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake.”
According to PREMIUM TIMES, Tinubu’s spokesperson, Sunday Dare, confirmed that the former Lagos State Governor authored the message below:
The APC, a party born of the quest for democratic good governance, is under critical threat by those who managed to be in the party but never of it.
From the party’s inception, the principles of democratic fairness and justice were to guide APC internal deliberations.
Party founders realized that only by intramural fair dealing could the party remain faithful to the progressive ideals that we presented to the Nigerian electorate as our governing creed.
If the party could not justly govern itself, it would find it difficult to establish and maintain just government throughout the nation.
In essence, the party was the embodiment of a democratic promise made between its members as well as a democratic vow made to the public.
Evidently, some errant members believe promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken. Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display.
In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead.
It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few Naira. The party was supposed to buttress APC members elected to government at all levels.
Because of Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it was meant to help.
Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo state primacy will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order. In early September, the state primary was held. A purported winner was named.
Having faith in the ways of the party, Tinubu publicly accepted what he assumed to be a verdict honestly derived. As a democrat, one must face the possibility of defeat and accept such as outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory.
One of the few bright spots during the conduct of the primaries was Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.
He chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list has been slipped into the process.
Indeed within hours of the announcement, news began to filter in that gravely disturbed me.
Credible allegations of fraud troubled the waters. The delegate list had been materially altered by someone in a strategic position to so do.
The names of over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors. This was not a clerical error.
The alteration was wilfully executed that the primary would be directed toward a chosen end that bore nothing in common with the will of most state party members.
A cunning few had tried to deceive the many into believing they were outnumbered.