Tinubu Accuses Oyegun Of Working Against APC’s Reconciliation Efforts
Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, of working against the progress of the APC.
According to online newspaper, The Cable, the former Lagos state governor, in a letter addressed to the party chairman, said Oyegun is sabotaging the Presidential mandate given to him (Tinubu) to reconcile the party.
Recall that President Buhari had weeks back appointed Tinubu to head the APC reconciliation team.
In the letter, dated February 21, 2018, Tinubu said “disappointment greeted me when I discovered that you had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of APC”.
The former governor said while Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa states were mentioned by Oyegun as being the places affected by serious party issues, Oyegun, however, has “taken it as your own personal ambition to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states.”
He said Oyegun went behind him and quickly rushed to Kogi state to set up a committee “parallel to the officials already heading the state chapter of the party”.
“While this may place you in significant affinity with those parallel officials you handpicked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi or at the national level,” Tinubu wrote.
Tinubu further accused Oyegun of seeking “to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner”.
He said even if the former Edo State governor has personal issues with him, he has “no such right the chairman of this party” to act the way he did, adding that the APC “belongs to all of its members”.
Tinubu advised Odigie-Oyegun to desist from taking any more “improper unilateral decisions with regard to the national and state chapters of the party”.
He reminded Odigie-Oyegun that the assignment he is opposing was given to him (Tinubu) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In furtherance… I request that you make available to me the status reports and all the pertinent information regarding the state chapters without further delay,” Tinubu added.
The relationship between both APC bigwigs has been deteriorating since after the APC primary election for Ondo governorship in 2016.