The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the plot to remove the party National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has taken another dimension as the Political Advisory Council, (PAC) of the national chairman has embarked on canvassing support for their principal.
As the Advisory Council reaches out to party’s faithful to save the National Chairman’s office, some other persons are aligning with those, who are pushing for the removal of the APC national chairman. One such person is the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwakanso. Kwakwanso, who has lost out to the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje on the leadership tussle of APC in the state, joined forces on the clarion call that Oyegun ‘must go.’
At the forefront that Oyegun should resign or be removed is the former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. David Babachir, the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the embattled Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank. Babachir and oshiomhole are political allies of the APC national leader.
But speaking to Sunday Telegraph exclusively, one of the Seven-member Political Advisory Council to the APC National Chairman stated that the good thing about the fight and the allegations against their principal is that the President and leader of APC knows the truth. According to him, they have decided to reach out to other chieftains and stalwart of the party on the need to support Oyegun as the APC National Chairman.
He stated that every plot to remove Oyegun would fail, just as the political to nominate him for Ambassadorial appointment failed. The Advisory Council member stated that it took the dexterity of the President nit to include Oyegun’s name on the list of none career ambassadorial appointment. On why the President did not include Oyegun’s name of the Ambassadorial list, he said, “The President has said no to it and that there is a process of removing the National Chairman and that he cannot be removed by posting him out without telling him.
That was what the President said. “The President was very categorical that you don’t remove the National Chairman of a party by just posting him out. He is just not anybody. If he was an outsider it would have been a different thing and as you also know, the National Chairman also has a right to reject any appointment.”
To buttress that the APC national chairman is gathering support, the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Thursday, stated, that Oyegun cannot be bullied out of office.
Okorocha, who agreed that there was crisis in the party, however, commended the Oyegun-led National Working Committee. He said, “I want to assure them that no one will bully them out or husk them out. But, where there is need to make amendment, which is natural within any human organisation, the party will be restructured for the purpose of making it stronger and to move forward as a people and as a party.