Barely two weeks after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu accused the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Ofigie-Oyegun of collecting bribe for the Ondo State governorship primaries and subverting the wishes of Ondo people, Oyegun Friday responded, stating that Tinubu’s allegations were “false and reckless”.
Oyegun’s statement which he personal signed was titled: “The facts – 2016 Ondo State APC governorship election primaries”.
The APC national chairman, who recently met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated that the he cannot be removed as National Chairman on the pages of newspapers, chronicled the proceedings of the party’s National Working Committee on the Ondo State governorship primaries and the Appeal Panel report.
The former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Tinubu, who was displeased with the outcome of the Ondo State governorship primaries, had accused Oyegun of rigging the process and over ruling the NWC members in the Appeal Panel report.
The crisis of the Ondo State governorship primaries won by Chief Rotimi Akeredolu has been on the front burner of the media in the last one month
But Oyegun, speaking officially in response to the allegations for the first time, said: “Recently, the media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu falsely and recklessly accused me of corruption, rigging the outcome of the 2016 Ondo State APC governorship election primaries and overruling the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) ‘vote’ on the 2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee Report.
“In view of the misinformation and false reports that have been fed to the media and that have pervaded the public space, there is need to set the records straight.”