Friday, 4 November 2016

APC Crisis Takes Another Twist As Tinubu, Oyegun Supporters Clash

Updated 4 November, 2016
The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might not abate anytime soon – The crisis is mainly between the APC national chairman, Chief John Oyegun and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu 

The spiral effects of the cold war has now reached Oyo state The Oyo state APC is presently divided between loyalists of the APC national chairman, Chief John Oyegun and those of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

According to Gisthall, while pro-Tinubu youths in the party insisted that the embattled party chairman must resign his position, the pro-Oyegun group dismissed their calls as unreasonable. 

The pro-Tinubu group under the aegis of the National Committee of Yoruba Youth (NCYY) led by their national president, Mr Oladimeji Odeyemi claimed that the manner that Oyegun handled the governorship election in Ondo state was unacceptable and a ploy to destroy the APC. 

The group stated that the most only honourable thing that the national chairman can do is to toe the path of honour and bow out. 

They took their protest to the zonal secretariat of the South-west of the party at Alakia, Ibadan where they submitted a letter entitled “an open letter demanding for the resignation of Chief Odigie-Oyegun as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).” 

They also made a case for the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank.

Part of the letter read: “The National Committee of Yoruba Youths (NCYY), wishes to demand for the immediate resignation of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

“Our call today is premised on the refusal of Chief Oyegun, to toe the line of honour and integrity by yielding to earlier calls by prominent Nigerians and stakeholders within the party including the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who had earlier demanded for his resignation based on several allegations of high-handedness, mismanagement, gross disdain for the party’s constitution and its established hierarchy. 

“As Yoruba people, we are deeply worried about how Chief Oyegun and some desperate elements within the party, have succeeded in polarising a once united APC in the South-west, through his shameful and fraudulent handling of the outcome of the APC Governorship primaries in Ondo state. 

“We have also over the time watched with keen interest the undue political victimisation, persecution and harassment of the acting national publicity secretary of the party, Mr Timi Frank, by a despicable cabal allegedly led by Chief Oyegun. 

“By this statement, we call on Chief Oyegun and this cabal to immediately put an end to the continuous blackmail, harassment and intimidation of Timi Frank.”

Reacting to the group’s call, the pro-Oyegun group,  under the aegis of APC United Front, through its chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, praised Oyegun for taking into consideration shades of opinions of the different party leaders, supporters and well-wishers concerning the party’s growth and progress. 

Part of the email read: “APC is not in trouble. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is not APC’s problem. 

He is a man of facts, not given over to wild speculation or sensationalism. His moral reputation is a great asset to the party,”

Earlier this week, a senior chieftain of the APC confided in Gisthall.com that the clash between Tinubu and Oyegun was affecting the party’s finances. 

According to the chieftain who spoke under the condition of anonymity, Tinubu has withdrawn his financial support for the party, since his feud with Oyegun began.

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