The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, has disclosed that various interest groups in the Edoi governorship election want to compromise him.
Oyegun who said he is under pressure as a result of the Edo state governorship primary election, however gave the assurance that he would not allow his bias to stand against the wish of the people.
Speaking in Abuja when the Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led peace committee visited him at the APC secretariat on Wednesday, the Edo state-born leader said: “I am under intense pressure. Apart from the national working committee, various stake holders in the state to do one thing or the other to salvage the situation.
“But doing one thing or the other will almost certainly be interpreted from different groups to mean that I am for A or for B and it is something I had to avoid at all cost because at the end of the day I am the referee of the match that is going to happen.
“And even if inside me I feel that one team is better than the other, it might not even be shown on my face or from my voice. So I thank you very much for restoring relative peace in the party.
“I want to thank all the stakeholders-from the governor down to the least-for the cooperation they gave to your committee. I am pleased at the level of your work. I haven’t read your report yet but I know that I haven’t gotten one single criticism, from one single stake holder, about the work that this committee did.
“And about the relative level of peace that now envelopes the party in Edo State, the restoration of some degree of civility, the acceptance of the need to work together as a party.” So I congratulate you for people of your calibre, people of your stature, people of your wisdom to pull the kind of result that you pulled at so short a time.”
Political parties are expected to conduct their primaries between July 2 and 4 according to a timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).