Oyegun SaysTinubu Was Harsh on Me, Insists Akeredolu Remains Candidate of APC in Ondo

October 4, 2016, 2:04 pm

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Tuesday, said the party's national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was harsh on him.

Tinubu had accused Oyegun of subverting democracy for insisting that the primary that produced  a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Rotimi Akeredolu as APC gubernatorial candidate for Ondo State governorship  election must stand even after an appeal panel had ordered for a fresh primary election.

Oyegun, who was in the Presidential Villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari told State House Correspondents that Tinubu was harsh on him in his letter.

He however denied a rift between them, saying it was a difference in opinions.

He said that the party's constitution provided for the removal of the national chairman.

He said that that the National Executive Council of the party would meet at the appropriate time.

"There is no rift with Asiwaju. We have difference of opinion, difference of perception and I think that is normal. Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh.

"The methods of getting rid of a national chairman if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution. They don't take place on the pages of newspapers.

"It is proper for them to meet and they will all meet at the appropriate time."

Responding to insinuations on whether the handshake was a sign of true reconciliation, he said "Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days? Why can't people who have mutual respect for each other have different opinions? All we had was difference of opinions. Yes, it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn't remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time."

Oyegun stated that it was only the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that would upturn the victory of Akeredolu.‎

"What happened is in the report of the chairman of the primaries committee. It is only INEC can make U-turn on Ondo", he said.

He also dismissed speculations that he imported youths to protest against Tinubu at the APC secretariat in Abuja.

"God forbid, anybody who knows me knows that that is not my style. I'm equally shocked and I'm going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it", he said.

On the victory of APC in the recent Edo governorship election, Oyegun expressed happiness that the election ended in the party's favour.

"Well, it was a hard fought election. That was clear. Two things really, it was more of a referendum first on the performance of the governor. Second, on the quality of our candidate and most importantly, given the economic situation, it was an opportunity for us to measure the continued popularity and acceptability of our president (Muhammadu Buhari). 

"And what it indicated is that by and large, the people of this country still have faith, confidence in the fact that if there is any one man that can fix their situation, it is President Muhammadu Buhari", he said.

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