Buhari’s Absence: APC National Chairman assures citizens of stable leadership

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr John Oyegun, says Nigeria is still under a stable leadership under the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as he believes strongly in both what the president and the party stands for in terms of effective leadership.

Mr Oyegun was speaking when a delegation of the national leadership of the party paid a condolence visit to Okwuosa family in Oraifite, Anambra state on Saturday.

He, further assured Nigerians that the temporary absence of the president did not affect the conduct of government business.

According to him, the president had already built a firm foundation for national leadership and everything was still in perfect shape for the good of the entire nation, even as citizens look forward for his return in good health.

He said, “Well the president is there, he may not be physically with us right now. the nation is on course, no question about that because we are lucky. We have a very cerebral acting president and vice president.

“We have a man who believes strongly in what the president stands for and what the party stands for and we have an administration that is strong, firm on the ground and very much in charge.

“The temporary absence of Mr President does not affect the conduct of government business.

“Of course we will like to have him here, of course we will love to have him in good shape, strong, as the leader of the team, but we thank God he has built a very strong and firm foundation of national leadership, we miss him but business is going on.”

Oyegun plans to sack Tinubu, Atiku from APC – Timi Frank

Embattled Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has alleged that the Chairman of the party.John Oyegun has made moves to sack Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the party.

In a release he signed and made available to newsmen, he warned the National Chairman to stop running ruling party like a dictator, stressing that the plan by the chairman to review party’s constitution “is a grand plot against the national leader of the party, Bola Hammed Tinubu, myself and other leaders who oppose his leadership style.”

The National Chairman had, on Wednesday, set up a constitution review committee headed by the party’s National Legal Adviser Muiz Banire, with a charge to closely look at the provisions for discipline members he (Oyegun) described as problem within the party “to be speedily neutralised.”

“Chief Oyegun is vigorously working to ensure that he pushes out some prominent members of the party including the National Leader Bola Tinubu, myself and so many other leaders who have spoken against his leadership style which is now more of a dictator,” he said.

Comrade Frank also noted that it is shameful for the National Chairman to talk of indiscipline “when he has breached the same constitution more than any other persons. His leadership has breached party constitution several times, even as regard to National Convention which the party law states clearly that it must be held every two years.

“Oyegun is talking about indiscipline when there are several allegations of bribery and favouritism yet unanswered hanging on his neck.”

The APC deputy spokesman challenged his national chairman to tell the world how he plan to fill some vacant positions in the NWC when “he is talking of non elective national convention.”

He said if APC is a Democratic Party, members should be allowed to criticises the wrong doing of the handlers.

“Some of us have prepared to meet them at the convention no matter the evil agenda they are planning against us,” Frank said.

 Source: naij.com


“Removal of Ndume as senate leader was a necessary act”, says Oyegun

John Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the removal of Ali Ndume as senate leader was a “necessary act” that had to be done to unite the party in the upper legislative chamber.

On Tuesday, Bukola Saraki, senate president, announced that Ndume had been replaced as the senate leader with Lawan.

Speaking when he received Ahmed Lawan, the new senate leader, at the APC national secretariat on Monday, Oyegun said that with this development, the crisis in the party was over.

“It is important to mention that the former senate leader was not removed as a result of any misdeeds on his part or as a result of loss of confidence of his colleagues, but as a result of a necessary act that had to be done to reunite the senate,” the APC national chairman said.

“We appreciate the service that he rendered to the senate and the sacrifice that he has made is necessary for the national assembly, the party and for the nation to move ahead.

“The party will give you all the support and will work together and ensure that the things that need to be done are done to move this nation forward.”

Speaking with journalists later, Lawan said he did not know of an alleged plan to oust Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, from his office.

“I don’t know about that. I have no idea,” he said when asked if his emergence was a threat to Ekweremadu.

“All l know is that my colleagues in the senate APC caucus held a meeting and decided that l should be made the senate leader and that happened Tuesday last week as you all know.

“We are looking forward to working together in a very brotherly and fraternal manner in the senate indeed with other senators from other political parties like the PDP and other parties. I don’t have any idea if anybody is trying to impeach someone in the senate.”


Source: The Cable

Oyegun: After 2 years, time to ask if APC is moving in the right direction

John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), says after two years in government it is high time the ruling party pondered if it was moving in the right direction.


Speaking with journalists on Tuesday before going into a closed-door meeting with Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, Oyegun said serious issues needed to be discussed and where necessary amendments would be made.


“The purpose is clear and straightforward and that is to put all these things behind us and now seat down to introspect, look at the party, look at the national assembly, look at the government. We are going to two years in government,” the national chairman said.


“If is high time that we sat down, asked ourselves questions, pondered whether we are moving in the right direction, discussed serious issues and where necessary make correction that are considered expedient.”


Also speaking, Dogara said the meeting was about charting a way forward for the APC in governance.


“It takes meetings like this to chat a formidable way forward. For us in APC, we cannot assume that progress is automatic, but it is inevitable. If we fold our hands, nothing will happen,” the speaker said.


“It is only by meetings like this that we will be able to put things in their perspective. We should be see what we have done wrong, what we can do and we should do to maintain the competitive political environment we have found ourselves.”

Why Igbos should join APC – Orji Kalu

Former Gov. Orji Kalu of Abia State says it is more beneficial for the South-East to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to benefit from being in the mainstream national politics.

Mr. Kalu said this during an interaction with journalists at his “Camp Neya” country home at Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of the state.

He said the victories recorded by APC in the Edo and Ondo general elections proved that the APC had become acceptable to Nigerians.

He, therefore, argued that the people of the South-East would benefit more if they quit the opposition camp and stood with the decision makers in the ruling party.

“Ndigbo should join APC to enable them to sit where other Nigerians are seated to decide on how to move the nation forward.

“The APC electoral victories in Edo and Ondo clearly showed the popularity of the party.

“So, I did not make mistake in taking the Igbos into national politics, where other Nigerians are seated; that is where I want the Igbos to sit.

“So, there is nothing wrong in our joining APC for us to be able to sit where other Nigerians are seated. That is more important to me.”

He said it was imperative for other prominent Igbo politicians to swell the number of people from the South-East region in APC.

He identified other APC members of South-East extraction to include the Minister of Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, among others.

Mr. Kalu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his promise to resume work on federal roads in the South-East.

“During my visit to the president, he made a promise to me and other leaders three months ago that all the contractors would be back to the federal roads before the end of November.

“Today, if you go to every federal road in Eastern Nigeria, you will see that all the contractors are back fully and this is why I joined APC.

“I didn’t join the party on selfish basis; I joined because the president made a promise and I have seen that the contractors are back to site.

“And if they are back, why can’t I believe him? He will do more,” Mr. Kalu said.

He said his interest was for the South-East to have good roads, security and opportunities to trade and achieve prosperity.

On the current economic recession in the country, Mr. Kalu, who is also a renowned businessman, said: “All nations of the world are going through recession; Nigeria is not an exception.

“I am an international businessman; I am crying in all the countries I am doing business.

“From one country to the other, the story is the same; so we are crying there as we are crying in Nigeria.”

Mr. Kalu urged the president to pay attention to the economy as he had done to security.

Oyegun to Rivers electorate: If they slap you, slap them back.

John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday encouraged members of his party to retaliate whatever action they get from loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during Saturday’s senatorial rerun election.

Speaking during a mega rally of the party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, Oyegun particularly said: “If they slap you, slap them back.”

He expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the rally, and urged the people to head to the polling units in droves on Saturday.

“I am very pleased with the turnout here today. It shows you are truly ready. As you can see, we came in force. The whole federal might is here. You have the governors of this nation here today,” he said.

“We are sending one message, and that message is clear. It is that we respect you the people of Rivers state. We respect the courage of our members in this state. We want to let you know that we have heard your cry; we have seen your anguish; enough is enough. This is the beginning of a rescue mission.

“I was here during the time of our beautiful governor, Rotimi Amaechi. He drove me round Port Harcourt; we strolled in the city, but can you do so today? We now have a blood-thirsty regime in Rivers state.”

He described Saturday’s rerun election as the beginning of a rescue mission, and encouraged the people not to be intimidated.

“I am glad with what I am hearing here today; very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back,” he said.

“We cannot allow them. The APC came on a rescue mission, unfortunately they are fighting back, the same way they have always done. Are you going to allow them? It is within your powers to return the members of the house of assembly.

“Return the members of house of representatives and senators because we need them. When you do that, it will be the beginning of the end.

“Go and cast your vote, and if they snatch the result sheet, give me the answer.”

The crowd responded: “Snatch it back.”

Rivers Rerun: “Don’t kill anybody but don’t be killed”- Rotimi Amaechi to APC Members

Ahead of Saturday December 10th legislative rerun election, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, today called on members of the party to be vigilante during the election and that they should not kill and also not get killed. Speaking at the final campaign of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Amaechi said;

“This is what we call the election of our lives. Before I used to tell you, ‘Please don’t fight’. Is that not what I used to tell you? But I think we will bend it a bit.

I don’t want my church to stop me from taking holy communion. So, what I will tell you is don’t kill anybody, but do not be killed. Now let me explain why I said that. My friend in the army said if you hear the sound of a gun, it’s not meant for you.

The implication therefore is that if you allow them shoot you, you will die. So, don’t allow them. It is not they alone who that have the right to life; you also have a right to life.

I don’t want to hear ‘They shot me and took the result sheet’. If anybody takes the result sheet, take it back from him. You know I have never spoken like this before”.

In the same vein, Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, called on the party members to slap whoever slaps them during the election.

“I am glad with what I am hearing here today, very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back. We cannot allow them.


The APC came on a rescue mission. Unfortunately they are fighting back, the same way they have always done. Are you going to allow them?


It is within your powers to return the members of the house of assembly. Return the members of house of representatives and senators because we need them. When you do that, it will be the beginning of the end”,  he said.

APC Crisis: What We Discussed Yesterday – Oyegun, Saraki

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, met on Wednesday on ways to tackle frictions within the party, especially the seeming unfriendly relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.


The meeting between the APC National Working Committee (NWC) members and Saraki, who was accompanied by Senate Whip Olusola Adeyeye, Senate Leader Ali Ndume and Deputy Senate Leader Bala Ibn-Na’allah, was held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Speaking after the meeting, Saraki said they told themselves the hard truth during the talks and agreed to “move forward and work with the party in the interest of building the party and because of Nigerians who believe in the APC” despite the point that “certain things were not done”.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun, who also spoke after the meeting, said both parties agreed to mend fences and “address some of the glitches that still exist”.

“We want to assure the general public that they will see results that will lift their spirit in the next few weeks and months to follow.

“We have started the process. But there are issues to be resolved and there is no question at all that we are a family and when things have gone wrong, we accept that things have gone wrong and we are determined to right those wrongs,” he also said.

Why APC Is Going Through Crisis – Oyegun

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun in an interview with premium times has explained why the party is going through crisis


Oyegun said:

“Unfortunately, it is clear, it is a public knowledge now that our very first steps when we came into office created problems and the very nature itself of the amalgamating parties created its own issues,” Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said.

“It is my hope that we will at the end of it all be able to present to the Nigerian public, a government, a party and a National Assembly that are working all in the same direction.

“We need to work closely together and we are hopeful that the new chapter is being opened today,” Mr. Saraki said.

Saraki, Odigie-Oyegun meet over APC crisis

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday led some principal officers of the Senate to a crucial meeting with the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

This is the first time Saraki is holding such consultation with the party’s national leadership since his emergence last year, against the party’s preferred choice of Ahmed Lawan for the post.

He was accompanied to the meeting by the Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, his deputy, Bala Ibn Na’Allah and the Whip, Prof. Sola Adeyeye.

After the meeting, which lasted for over two and a half hours, both Saraki and Odigie-Oyegun, however, admitted to journalists that the end might not be in sight of the internal crisis within the party. But they agreed that the process of getting the issues resolved had begun with the meeting yesterday.

Saraki said: “We told ourselves the hard truth, but at the end of the day we accepted that certain things were not done but we agreed to move forward, work closely with the party for the interest of building APC because of Nigerians that believe in us. We need to work closely together and we are hopeful that the new chapter is being opened today.”

Odigie-Oyegun admitted that the party had not come near resolving its internal crisis yet, but said the process had just begun.

His words: “There is an end in sight. We have started the process, but there are issues to be resolved. We accept that things have gone wrong and we are determined to right those wrongs.

“It has been a very rewarding meeting. As far as the party is concerned, we commend the Senate and the National Assembly for the way they worked so far with the executive. We are determined to address some of the issues that still exist, the relationship between the National Assembly and the executive.

“We want to assure the public that they will see results that will lift their spirit in the next few weeks and months.”

Odigie-Oyegun acknowledged that the meeting was coming late, but stressed that it was better late than never.

He pledged that such consultations would hold regularly.

Nigeria must borrow to pay contractors, revive economy – Oyegun

The national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has defended the borrowing plans of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying borrowing is inevitable in view of the current economic realities in the country.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said Nigeria must borrow to invest in infrastructure and grow the economy.

The APC Chairman spoke on Sunday night after receiving a lifetime achievement award presented to him by the Warri Choral Society during a classical music concert the Society held in his honour at the Muson Center in Lagos.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun assured that the borrowings would not be used to pay salaries.

“If you read the newspapers, you hear the president being advised to pump money into the economy. So the question is where is the money coming from? Simple! It has to come from somewhere including borrowing — both internal and external. To get this country going again, you have to pay contractors. Some contractors have not been paid for four, five, six, 10 years.

“So long as the borrowing is done not to pay salaries which the President Buhari administration will not do, but invested to create opportunities, solve our problems of power and things like that.

“To allow people to have money to consume, to buy goods, to pay for services so that factories can produce. So it is that cycle. We must kick-start the economy and to kick-start it will need money, lots of money,” the APC National Chairman told journalists after the concert.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said the ongoing fight against corruption was necessary for the country to make progress.

“That is a task (anti-corruption) that must be accomplished because it is at the bottom of all the ills of this country. When you are corrupt, you are immoral, when you are corrupt, you don’t have ethics, when you are corrupt, you lose the distinction between right and wrong. When you are corrupt, even life does not mean anything to you. So, we must get it under serious control for this nation to have hope of making any progress,” he said.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, who was accompanied by his wife, Victoria, said the timing of the concert came at perfect time for him in view of the gradual de-escalation of the political atmosphere in the country.

“I have had the esteem pleasure of being associated with the Warri Choral Society. I got to know that they deliver the kind of music that relaxes me, that transports me that comforts me.

“The date of this event cannot have been chosen more fortuitously. It is absolutely perfect, given the chain of events that have been reported in the newspapers almost on a daily basis. There has been a gradual de-escalation of the political atmosphere and I think this event is just capping it,” he said after receiving the lifetime achievement award.

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in his remarks at the concert said Mr. Odigie-Oyegun had changed the face of politics in the country.

He thanked the founder of the Warri Choral Society, Joe Ayonmike, for his contributions to classical music in Nigeria.

“I am so jealous that Warri has a choral society of this international quality. I see it as a challenge that in Benin we will have to develop one. But we must support our brothers and sisters from Delta state.

“Tonight we celebrate our National Chairman who we are very proud of. A man who has by the divine intervention of God changed the face of politics in our country. Let me also use this opportunity to thank Mr. Joe Ayonmike for what he has done for classical music in our country,” Mr. Obaseki said.

Dignitaries at the concert included the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and his wife, Betsy; former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba; former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh; Senators Domingo Obende and Ovie Omo-Agege; John Obakpolo; Hosa Okunbo; Nike Akande, President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce; Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and her husband, Segun; Umana Umana, Managing Director of Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority; Otega Emerhor; former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Leke Pitan and Grace Egbagbe amongst others.

Members of the APC National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC also attended the event.

Tinubu Is a priceless Asset To APC – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday denied reports that he and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were not in good terms.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said he was in contact with Tinubu during and after the Ondo governorship election.

He described the reports as mischievous, while stating that Tinubu was a priceless political asset to the party whose contributions are known to all.

The statement read, “President Buhari commended Tinubu’s spirit of comradeship in promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu who was elected Governor.

“The President also noted that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC.

“He appealed to APC members and supporters to ignore rumours that could harm party unity.”

Any attempt to expel me will break APC – Timi Frank warns Oyegun

Embattled deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, has warned the party’s national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun against any move to expel him from the party.


In a statement personally signed by him yesterday, Frank threatened to sue Oyegun for contempt of court, following a remark by the APC deputy national secretary, Orji Ngofa, on Wednesday that Frank has technically expelled himself.


Addressing newsmen after an emergency National Working Committee, NWC, meeting on Wednesday, Ngofa had said Frank expelled himself by dragging the party to court, stressing that his decision was contrary to section 13(5) of the party’s constitution.


Reacting to the statement, Frank vowed to sue Oyegun for contempt of court.


Challenging the party’s national chairman and the NWC to publish the minutes of the meeting where the decision to suspend him was taken, Frank warned that “any attempt to suspend or expel him from APC will break the party”.


He challenged the APC national chairman to convene a National Executive Council, NEC, meeting to determine who will be thrown out of the party.


Recall that the Zonal Executive Committee of APC had few weeks ago suspended Frank following the recommendation of a five-man disciplinary committee.


The committee was set up by the party`s National Executive Committee, NEC, to investigate the petition against Frank by a member of the party.

APC Finally Announces Oyegun’s Replacement- Report

As the agitation for the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, continues to grow, the suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the South-South zone will meet, to pick Oyegun’s replacement.
Recall, that Oyegun, who had fallen out with the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is in the good books of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Frank, on Sunday, November 20, in response to the question that the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has been penciled down to replace the APC National Chairman, maintained that the party would soon announce Oyegun’s replacement.
However, Frank feigned ignorance of such plans of replacing Oyegun with Oshiomhole, but stated that the Zonal Party Committee, would meet to bring a replacement, once Oyegun was removed.
He said: “I don’t know about any plan to replace Oyegun with Oshiomhole, but what l know, is that we have capable people from the South South that can replace Oyegun, and the zone would meet to choose a person that would replace the National Chairman”.
Some party members have called for the replacement of Oyegun with Oshiomhole, even as it is being alleged that Tinubu is in favour of Oshiomhole.
In 2014, when Oyegun emerged as the National Chairman of the APC, he had contested the position with three other aspirants. Among those were: former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi; former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva; and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja.
Recall, that Chief Ikimi left the APC, for what he considered undue process for the emergence of Oyegun as National Chairman.

2019: APC’ll ensure Buhari re-contest – Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has revealed plans by the leadership of the party to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term by contesting the 2019 presidential election.

Though the election is still more than two years from now, and Buhari is yet to make any official pronouncement on his plan, Oyegun said that the party’s leadership will do everything possible to ensure that the president contests the election. Oyegun hinged this decision on two factors.

One, he said the president is the only politician in Nigeria today that has the capacity to win 12 million votes without major campaign. Two, Buhari, he said, is the only man who has the courage to make the changes that Nigeria need.

According to him, “There is no another Buhari in this country. Buhari is the only man who can command 12 million votes even without any major campaign. So, you can see the picture. Yes, there will be changes, the party will get new members or lose a few members, but there is no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). So, there is no strong party any more to say you are going to join and strengthen it. It is only APC that is really a strong party.”

Oyegun added that he would commit Buhari’s second term project to prayer.

His words: “I will pray, fast to God that Buhari agrees to contest in 2019. If he contests, Nigeria will be better for it.

“My prayer is that we can get Buhari to re-contest in 2019. We don’t know his mind yet, but I will do anything in my power to ensure that he re-contests in 2019. Why? He is the only one who has the moral front and the courage to make the changes that Nigeria needs.

“We need more than four years to get this country to subscribe to a new morality, a new ethic and turn its back on corruption of the very type we are trying to uproot now.”

When asked if he is convinced that the APC would win the election given the disenchantment over the party at the moment, Odigie-Oyegun said: “Of course, APC will win.”

The national chairman of the governing party ruled out the possibility of the PDP bouncing back in 2019.

On the possibility of the PDP bouncing back in 2019, he said: “Well, let them come back first. I am not a theorist. If they bounce back, we will have to deal with that, but as at now, they are not bouncing back. PDP is in confusion. PDP is suffering a terminal illness. The party is unlikely to recover from this cancer that is afflicting them.The division is a major illness; it is cancerous.”

When reminded that the PDP exuded such confidence with its boast of being in power for 60 years before its shocking defeat in the 2015 elections, the APC national chairman, said: “Well, I’m not clairvoyant; I’m not seeing into the future; it is the immediate future that I’m seeing.

“APC will continue to be the force to be reckoned with. I cannot tell you how long it will last, but that we will continue to be the chief host in Nigerian politics, there is no question about it. When new parties start developing, then you can ask me the question again. But as at now, the parties don’t exit.”

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of some members of the APC aligning with others to form a new party ahead of the next election, but insisted that they will not make any impact.

His words: “APC has come to stay. As at today, strictly speaking there is no other party in the country. It is possible that a few people within the APC might join others to form other party, but a party doesn’t grow in one day to win an election. So, APC will continue to be the strongest and the largest political party in Nigeria for quite a while, because you don’t form a party today and win an election tomorrow.”

He dismissed opposition’s belief that the president is dragging the country back, saying: “That is what they say. The reality is there for us to see. They have run the country aground. They did not foresee the collapse of oil price; we did not foresee it too. If the collapse of oil prices had happened when Goodluck Jonathan was in office, I doubt if there would have been Nigeria again today. That is why I said that God brought Buhari at that point in history to make sure that Nigeria remains one country.

“Nigerians should continue to trust APC. Yes, we inherited a very difficult situation and the economy has been battered by the collapse of the oil prices, but we have a government that is even-minded in the application of the dwindling resources to produce the very best in the circumstances. The president is working to develop other sources of income like mining and agriculture.”

Odigie-Oyegun, who also admitted that Buhari inherited myriads of problems that won’t be solved in four years, said: “We inherited a whole mass of problems. Everything Buhari is doing now is to solve all those problems. If the measures taken begin to yield fruits in the next few months, people will start appreciating that all this time we thought we are suffering; in fact things were being done to save the situation. And, of course, the picture will change. We are hopeful that the measures being taken will bear fruits before the middle of say next year. We are hopeful that things will change.”

While absolving the APC of the crisis rocking the opposition party in Ondo State, he said: “Who else would they blame? They will look for a scapegoat. That is natural. Who is paying attention to them? Is it APC that is fighting them in Ondo State, where they have a governor that is PDP? Even we have a bit of crisis in Ondo, but things are looking good for us.”

Buhari’s second term project has been in the offing before now with kites being flown in that regard by some chieftains of the ruling party.

The belief is that either the arrowheads of the bid are using it to test political waters or to scare potential contenders.

Former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, and erstwhile Zamfara State governor, Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima, were among the first supporters of second term agenda for Buhari.

For them, Buhari needs to rule beyond 2019 to address the rot in the country. Meanwhile, Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, yesterday disclosed that Buhari will soon address the APC faithful on the need to unite and move the nation forward.

Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum disclosed this yesterday in Abuja after a two-hour meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives.

He noted that they were the foot soldiers that worked hard to actualise change, adding that change was dare to them.

Okorocha boasted that APC will not fail but would continue to remain the ruling party.

He however noted that the victory had not been well managed. The governor disclosed that angry party members would be reconciled.

On his part, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said a common decimal at the round table meeting were discussion that those elected in position of authority must put the interest of the people first.

He said that the country cannot afford the luxury of arms of government going in different ways. Dogara assured that the APC will deliver on its campaign promises.

I Will Do Everything Possible to Ensure Buhari Re-Contests in 2019 – Oyegun

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun has said he will do everything possible including “fasting and prayer” to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari re-contest the 2019 Presidential election, stressing that Nigeria will be better for it.

Explaining the rationale behind his remark, Oyegun claimed that only Buhari has the moral courage to ensure the change Nigerians need is actualized.

Oyegun stressed that the President is the only politician that has the capacity to win 12 million votes without major campaigns.

Speaking in an interview, Oyegun said, “I will pray, fast to God that Buhari agrees to contest in 2019. If he contests, Nigeria will be better for it.

“My prayer is that we can get Buhari to re-contest in 2019. We don’t know his mind yet, but I will do anything in my power to ensure that he re-contests in 2019. Why? He is the only one who has the moral front and the courage to make the changes that Nigeria needs.

“We need more than four years to get this country to subscribe to a new morality, a new ethic and turn its back on corruption of the very type we are trying to uproot now.

“There is no another Buhari in this country. Buhari is the only man who can command 12 million votes even without any major campaign. So, you can see the picture. Yes, there will be changes, the party will get new members or lose a few members, but there is no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). So, there is no strong party any more to say you are going to join and strengthen it. It is only APC that is really a strong party.”

Oyegun, has recently revealed that those against his continued stay as national chairman of the ruling party were politicians scheming to take over control of the APC ahead of the 2019 elections.

PDP is Suffering From a Terminal Illness – APC Chairman, Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has ruled out the possibility of the PDP bouncing back in 2019.

Oyegun in an interview with New Telegraph doubted the coming of Peoples Democratic Party as a strong political party in the country.

He said: “Well, let them come back first. I am not a theorist. If they bounce back, we will have to deal with that, but as at now, they are not bouncing back. PDP is in confusion. PDP is suffering a terminal illness. The party is unlikely to recover from this cancer that is afflicting them.

The division is a major illness; it is cancerous.”

When reminded that the PDP exuded such confidence with its boast of being in power for 60 years before its shocking defeat in the 2015 elections, the APC national chairman, said: “Well, I’m not clairvoyant; I’m not seeing into the future; it is the immediate future that I’m seeing. “

APC will continue to be the force to be reckoned with. I cannot tell you how long it will last, but that we will continue to be the chief host in Nigerian politics, there is no question about it. When new parties start developing, then you can ask me the question again. But as at now, the parties don’t exit.”

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of some members of the APC aligning with others to form a new party ahead of the next election, but insisted that they will not make any impact. His word

There is so much bitterness within APC – Okorocha

Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been able to manage its electoral victory, The Punch reports.

Okorocha who is the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum said this on Wednesday when he visited the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

A statement by the Office of the Senate President quoted Okorocha as saying there was a lot of bitterness within the party since its victory at the 2015 polls.

He said, “This is the very first time I am coming to your office and I am here because I am concerned. I am here because I am a stakeholder. I am here as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum — your friends and colleagues in the struggle.

“Mr. Senate President, leaders of this great Senate, you may recall a few years ago that we were all in the trenches, in battle, asking for change in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I recall vividly the role most of you played in that very struggle. We became a government when no one gave us a chance to be so. And shortly, Nigerians believed in us and entrusted us with the responsibility of leading this nation.

“But one year and several months after, we have not been able to manage this God-given victory very well and it is very worrisome, Mr. Senate President. That Nigerians expect so much from us but yet we seem to be in crisis within ourselves.

“Not crisis made by the opposition parties but crisis created by ourselves for ourselves and which has kept us in totally difficult position that we are not making the headway we need to make as a party.

“One wonders then what went wrong. Where did we get it wrong? And after these troubles and after the much hope we have given to Nigerians, we still cannot work together as a party, as a family. And I noticed particularly that there is so much bitterness in the system — from the party, from the legislature, from the executive, from the governors — and it seems to me like there is no more platform for us to chant those old songs, which we used to sing in the days of struggle for change.

“One wonders, was this what we were asking for or was this the change we were asking for? I think Nigerians expect so much from us and at the end of it all.”

Naij: Panic in APC headquarters as Tinubu withdraws funding.

A senior chieftain of the party who spoke under the condition of anonymity, confided in NAIJ.com that all is not well within the party because of Tinubu’s withdrawal of financial support to the party headquarters.

 “Things have gone from bad to worse,” the party chieftain told NAIJ.com on phone, “Ever since the refusal of President Buhari to fund the party activities, Asiwaju has been the sole financier of the party.

“But he has withdrawn his support due to the way he was humiliated by the party chairman in the Ondo primary.”

Asked to comment on the rumours that there are plans by anti-Oyegun elements in the APC to remove him and include his name in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ambassadorial nomination list, the party chieftain said it is true.


APC chairman, Chief John Oyegun is under the spotlight

His words: “I can confirm that the report is true. The truth is even members of the APC NEC have lost confidence in Oyegun.

“Why do you think they have not come out to pass a vote of no confidence on him, which is the norm in politics when a leader is under duress. 

“Majority of the NEC members are tired of Oyegun’s antics and they are all pre-occupied with positioning themselves for government appointments than staying put in party politics.”

NAIJ.com reached out to another chieftain of the party who corroborated the story. He pleaded for his identity not to be revealed because he was not authorized to speak on such matters.

He said: “Baba (President Buhari) has not sent a kobo to the party since he came into office. When we went to Aso Villa to complain, he asked the party chairman how the monies for the forms sold to party aspirants was expended.

 “The party chairman could not give a reasonable explanation, so baba asked us to go and look for ways to make money for the party.

“Tinubu has been the one funding us since then because we could not even approach the governors knowing their situation.” 

NAIJ.com efforts to get the APC official reaction to this report was not successful as at the time it was published.

Yesterday, there were media reports that the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja has been thrown into darkness following the party’s failure to offset the N1.7 million debt owed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.

An electricity receipt pasted on the gate of the APC secretariat which was seen by Vanguard showed that the party had only recently paid N500, 000 of the debt.

APC, under me will not obey court directives – Oyegun

The statement credited to the National Chairman of APC Chief John Oyegun has continued to attract diverse reactions from a cross section of the party faithfuls and Nigerians at large.

Oyegun while holding a brief meeting with a selected few party leaders from Delta state over the leadership crisis that has been rocking the state chapter of the party said that in as much as the state exco had truly been sacked by the court, he will continue to recognise the Jones Erue led exco, insisting that the court has no right to dictate to him how to run his party.

The statement which has been hijacked and turned into a mockery of the rule of law posture of the APC led Federal Government by the PDP is a minus for the party that is gradually losing public confidence due to Oyegun’s cabal-like style.

At the meeting which had in attendance the Minister of state for petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Olorogun Otega Emerhor and the court sacked Jones Erue, Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei and  Ayiri Emami with the aggrieved elders of the party conspicuously missing saw Ogboru vehemently objecting the approach adopted by Oyegun in resolving the crisis.

He was reported to have warned that such move which is deliberately arranged by Oyegun to scheme out the elders of the Party in the state will end up fuelling more crisis owing to the large number of party faithfuls at the grassroots who are sympathetic and loyal to the group but his submission which was in sync with that of Sen. Omo Agege was turned down by Oyegun.

Reacting to the outcome of what he termed a pre arranged meeting, a vocal member of the party, Chief Ovie Onoriode whom his group “The Concerned Deltans in APC” last week threatened to declare Oyegun a Persona Non Grata in the state due to his open bias mind in the crisis, said that the outcome of the Kangaroo meeting is not different from what they envisaged.

He again accused Oyegun of causing a monumental embarrassment to the President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC family in general. He wondered how a National Chairman who means well for the party and has mutual and equal respect for all party members as enshrined in the party constitution will shun the main dramatis personea in the whole crisis and claim that he is seeking for peace.

He said ” It is a shame that Oyegun can ridicule the judgement of a court of competent jurisdiction just because he wants to please a few money bags. Where on earth can anybody who is sincere and committed to fostering peace and unity in any crisis initiate a meeting without bringing in the both parties to the roundtable? This is a clear testimony to the lack of managerial acumen in our National Chairman as argued by many party members across the country”.

Apart from that, the vocal activist insisted that unless President Buhari and other prominent party leaders come out from their silence and interfere in the way and manner Oyegun has been running the party, APC is heading to collapse before 2019 and warned that the younger ones will hold them responsible for it.

He pointed out that him and his large group will not see the decision reached at the meeting as that of the NWC of the party but a mere meeting of Oyegun and his friends because the NWC met on Tuesday while Oyegun hosted few of his friends from Delta state to a lunch party on Wednesday.

He called on Oyegun to thread with caution reminding him how the blunt refusal of the leadership of PDP to pacify and assuage the political reservations of just 5 Governors initiated the implosion of the party which they have not still recovered from till date.

PDP Blames Buhari, Oyegun For Arrest Of Judges

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said the controversial arrest of some senior judges for alleged corruption was orchestrated by President Buhari and members of his party, the APC.

In a statement signed and distributed by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, the opposition party said Nigerians should see the recent clampdown on judges by the State Security Service as a vindictive measure taken by Mr. Buhari and the chairman of his party, John Oyegun.

Mr. Adeyeye said Mr. Buhari and Mr. Oyegun were desperate to avenge what they saw as unfair rulings handed down by some judges against them in the past.

Making specific reference to some past comments credited to Messrs. Buhari and Oyegun, the PDP said “it is obvious that the judiciary can be said to have functioned appropriately only when they and their party win a case.”

Mr. Adeyeye, speaking on behalf of the provisional national leadership of the PDP, said Mr. Buhari, earlier this year, allegedly decried the injustice meted out to him by some judges many years ago.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now.

“In my first attempt in 2003, I ended up at the Supreme Court and for 13 months I was in court.

“The second attempt in 2007, I was in court close to 20 months and in 2011, my third attempt, I was also in court for nine months.

“All these cases went up to the Supreme Court until the fourth time in 2015, when God agreed that I will be President of Nigeria,” the PDP quoted Mr. Buhari as saying in February 2016.

The PDP said the allegations by two Supreme Court judges that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, tried to induce them showed the depth of the administration’s contempt towards the judiciary.

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Oyegun-led APC Can’t Help Buhari Fight Corruption – APC Spokesman

Timi Frank, deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says John Oyegun, the national chairman, is being controlled by some forces.

Speaking on Wednesday, Frank said the APC was not in the position to support the anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

According to him, the APC needed a chairman who could unify the party rather than one that would be controlled by people.

“As far as I am concerned, he is not in control. He’s being controlled by some forces,” he said.

“But we cannot continue to have a national chairman that is being controlled by people. We need a national chairman that can pull us together. We need a national chairman that can unify this party.

“The party, as at today, is not united; there is an internal crisis disturbing us. I don’t think as a party we are in a better state to truly support the president in the fight against corruption.”

Frank further expressed dismay that he was not given the office of the national publicity secretary after Lai Mohammed was made the minister for information and culture.

“I am meant to be acting publicity secretary of the party. Why is the party depriving me?” he asked.

“If you ask the party chairman, he would tell you that certain persons in the party do not want you to speak. Who are these certain persons?”

How Ondo APC primary election was ‘rigged’ – Akinyelure

ALL Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Pius Akinyelure, has explained how the party’s governorship primary was manipulated, culminating in the submission of Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate.

Akinyelure, in a statement, named the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Secretary Mai Mala Buni and the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, as the persons behind the act.

The statement, which the APC National Vice Chairman said enjoys the support of six National Working Committee (NWC) members, accused the trio of using NWC meetings to usurp powers and unilaterally take decisions that their offices did not give them the power to take.

It emerged that as many as three delegates’ lists for the election were in circulation at some point after the first list was tampered with.

Izunaso, according to the statement, single-handedly removed, added or substituted names on the initial list circulated to the party’s 24 aspirants, leading to the emergence of a second list that was altered in favour of Akeredolu.

His action enjoyed the support of Oyegun and Buni, even when other members of the NWC opposed it because it conflicted with the party’s rules.

Akinyelure’s statement reads: “The National Organising Secretary confirmed to the NWC meeting of Monday September 19, 2016 that he actually received objections from some of the aspirants as to the delegates’ list. Then he unilaterally made the adjustments as he deemed fit.

“It is emphasised that the National Organising Secretary performed these adjustments without recourse or reference to the NWC. The NWC was not appraised of his actions before the primary. The National Organising Secretary then issued this altered list to the Primary Election Committee for use in the conduct of the election.

“This altered list became available to some of the aspirants in the early hours of the election day (September 3, 2016). When the election process was about to commence, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and three other aspirants protested and raised objections as to the delegates’ list to the election committee.

“However, the committee members could not address it as it was not within their competence to do so. They went ahead with the conduct of the election. After the declaration of the results of the election by the election committee, three aspirants petitioned the Election Appeal Committee, alleging discrepancies and the alteration of the delegates’ list provided to them by the election committee and other irregularities.

“Consequent on the above, the NWC of the party received both the Election Committee and the Election Appeal Committee’s reports, which were tabled at the NWC meeting of Monday, September 19, 2016.”

A decision by the NWC to submit the name of an interim substitute to INEC as place holder until a fresh primary was conducted suffered a setback after Oyegun, Buni and Izunaso “blindsided the other members to submit Akeredolu’s name in spite of a six to five votes in favour of presenting the substitute name”.

Tony Ademiluyi: The Beginning of The End For Jagaban?

In 1990, Bola Ahmed Tinubu did the unthinkable by resigning his job as a treasurer in Mobil now Exxon Mobil in his bid to join the murky waters of Nigerian politics. In an interview he granted to the News Magazine, he wanted to go beyond backing the gubernatorial ambition of Chief Dapo Sarumi to playing an active part in the policy. He saw the Senate as a platform to contribute his quota towards national development. Some of his bosses tried to talk some sense into the then young man as he stood a good chance of being a future leader in the American multinational. If you consider at the time that exile to the west was gradually creeping in as a national norm, that decision was indeed not for the faint of heart.

In 2014, he took another gargantuan risk by facilitating a merger of different political parties to form the All Progressive Congress to wrestle power from Goodluck Jonathan. Many pundits were miffed at the decision of Tinubu to amalgamate many strange bedfellows who were not guided by any known political ideology. His acceptance of Buhari was also curious because this was a man who was the beneficiary of a coup and in a decent clime could have been punished for treason. Why would Tinubu who nearly lost his life to the military goons, had his residence firebombed by Abacha agents, lived in forced exile for four years shuttling between the UK and the US be comfortable with fighting for a Buhari Presidency? Could he have forgotten the past so soon, was it mere political expediency or did he just want power from behind the scenes for its mere sake? Pundits were indeed curious to see how the rather macabre dance would play itself out.

History was made and the foreign media praised his dexterity to the high Heavens in making the victory of the opposition possible in a country where the power of incumbency played a decisive role in electoral contests. Rumours abound of his pact with Buhari to nominate his minions to plum cabinet positions and watchers kept a beady eye on whether he could emergence on the national scene as a reincarnation of the decimated Chief Tony Anenih who at the height of his influence was revered as the Mr. Fix It.

As expected in the use and dump game of the ruthless world of politics, none of his acolytes got a cabinet position. He was also outwitted by Saraki and Dogara which ensured that none of his disciples were in charge of the National Assembly. With the passage of time, he has been reduced to an effete leader with his foes mocking his title of National Leader which has no official party recognition.

In his piece titled ‘Bola Ahmed Tinubu and those who want him dead’ by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, he mentioned Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a man who would never betray him no matter what. The overriding philosophy in politics is that it is a game of interests with no permanent friends or adversaries. Ogbeni’s open celebration with Fayose may be a subtle way of reading the signs of the times and thinking of smart ways to realign especially when the current loyalty to a dying leader is no longer a politically smart move. What do you make out of the parting of ways by Fashola, Fayemi, Amosun, Akeredolu etc? Being an open protégé of Jagaban may threaten the buttered bread so it may be best to send him to the hangman. What do you make out of Dr. Segun Abraham’s losing of the Ondo State primaries to Akeredolu? Jagaban also surprisingly cried out against the ‘rebellion’ of the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun. If his powers were still intact, shouldn’t the first Edo State Governor get quietly eased out? Alas the former NADECO Chieftain may have been reduced to a minuscule cry baby!

The final nail in the coffin is the recent revelation by Professor John Paden who wrote Buhari’s biography on the fact that Jagaban actually opposed Osinbajo’s vice-presidential nomination. This is surprising because one got the impression that the Lion of Bourdillon gave it up as it would have been difficult to fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket. This new revelation is indicative of the fact that he actually wanted a rehash of what happened in 1993 when Abiola and Kingibe ran on a Muslim-Muslim ticket. The biographer contended that Tinubu actually piled a lot of pressure on Buhari not to accept Osinbajo who served him as Attorney-General for eight years. Wonders shall never cease! We heartily await a response by Tinubu or his media team as this latest revelation will be a very interesting topic for the chroniclers of history.

Empires rise and fall; trends evolve. His decline was expected because of the unpopularity of godfatherism. Not like the concept is a bad one as there from time immemorial, there have always been leaders of thought and public opinion moulders which have punctured the holes of the ruse of ‘one man, one vote.’ However, the practice in Nigeria has been inimical to the interests of the Man on the Clapham Omnibus. It was no amazement that the concept of change would be used against one of the initial purveyors by swiftly relegating him to the background after his services post-election clearly had no relevance. In Robert Greene’s ’33 Strategies for War’, the book opened up with a soldier who led his people to victory and rather than crown him King, they led him to the guillotine where his head was impaled. That seems to be Tinubu’s current fate.

What are the options for Tinubu? Wage a war to bounce back to relevance? On what grounds would that be as the tide doesn’t favour ruling from behind the scenes. The betrayal and treachery would only multiply. Should he seek elective office once more? What mileage would he possibly get from that as if things stay this way, that wouldn’t bolster his status in 2019?

Maybe it’s time to try something new. After conquered the worlds of accounting and politics, perhaps it’s a sign to move on to something else. He may not have heeded Shakespeare’s call in quitting when the ovation was loudest but it’s never too late. What more does he want? Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Tony Ademiluyi, Lagos

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Oyegun: I have no rift with Tinubu but I can’t be removed on the pages of newspapers

John Oyegun, national chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), has reiterated that he has no rift with Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party.

The first signs of cracks in the ruling party became public on September 25 when Tinubu — unhappy with the manner of emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu as candidate of the party for the November 2016 Ondo state governorship election — issued a public statement to demand Oyegun’s resignation.

Akeredolu had been declared winner of the primary on September 3, after he polled a total of 699 votes — ahead of Olusegun Abraham, preferred candidate of Tinubu, who polled 635 votes.

The victory appeared to have suffered a setback when the APC appeal committee recommended the annulment of the primary, citing controversies about the delegates’ list. But after the panel was overruled, Tinubu accused Oyegun of  “safeguarding the fraud by perpetrating a greater fraud, arrogating to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party”.

On Tuesday when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa, Oyegun was asked to comment on his rift with Tinubu and whether he would heed his demand to step down from office.

“There is no rift with Asiwaju; we [only] have difference of opinion, difference of perception, and I think that is normal,” Oyegun answered.

“Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh. The method of getting rid of a national chairman, if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution; they don’t take place on the pages of newspapers.”

Asked why the national executive committee had not met to deliberate on the issues, he said: “It is proper for them to meet and they will all meet at the appropriate time.”

He denied that he was behind the youth protest at the APC headquarters against alleged highhandedness of Tinubu, saying: “God forbid. Anybody who knows me knows that this is not my style.

“I’m equally shocked and I’m going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it.”

Newspapers pictured the two leaders smiling at each other on Monday when they attended the launch of a book in honour of Buhari, and Oyegun expressed shock that state house correspondents were taken aback by the sight.

“Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days?” he queried.

“Why can’t people who have mutual respect for each other have different opinions? All we had was difference of opinions. Yes it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time.”

On the Edo state governorship election, which Godwin Obaseki, his party’s candidate, won, he said: “Well it was a hard-fought election; that was clear.

“Two things really. It was more of a referendum first on the performance of the governor, [and] second on the quality of our candidate and most importantly, given the economic situation it was an opportunity for us to measure the continued popularity and acceptability of our president.

“And what it indicated is that by and large the people of this country still have faith, confidence in the fact that if there is any one man that can fix their situation, it is President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Oyegun/Tinubu Feud, Atiku Wades In

Former Vice President and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar today waded into the altercation between the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and another leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement issued by his Media Office in Abuja, the former vice president said the leadership of the party cannot make rules only to discard it while the game is on.

He charged “the APC on the promotion of rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs

noting that they are germane to the unity and stability of the party”.

According to him, “it is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus”, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”

Abubakar spoke in light of the face-off between Messrs Oyegun and Tinubu following the party’s decision to jettison the majority report of its Appeal Committee on the primary election in Ondo state which recommended a cancellation of the exercise that produced Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.

Buhari, Tambuwal, APC Governors Move To Quell Tinubu, Oyegun’s Rift

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed a move by Governor Aminu Tambuwal and two other governors to settle the dispute between All Progressives Congress, APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oygeun.

A meeting between the peace envoys and the two men will, however, not hold until weekend at the earliest, sources in the party told Vanguard. The delay it was learnt was to enable the party give full attention to the Edo State governorship election holding on Wednesday. Oyegun, Tinubu and Buhari The peace move, it was gathered, was launched by interested party stakeholders who were discomfited with the verbal tirade between the two men following the submission of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu’s name as the party’s governorship candidate ford Ondo State governorship election holding in November.

Tinubu had allegedly backed Dr. Segun Abraham who came second in the primary contest that an internal party appeal panel said should be annulled. Odigie-Oyegun, however, rejected the panel report and forwarded Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as the party’s candidate and by that brought a stinging rebuke from Tinubu last Sunday.

Vanguard gathered that party stakeholders made contact with Governor Tambuwal and the two other governors who were seen to be sufficiently removed from the different tendencies in the party or seen to be non-partisan in the Ondo matter to lead the peace initiative.

“The crisis was not one that should be allowed to fester and so party insiders thought that Tambuwal and two other governors should try to broker peace. Tinubu is not the type of man that we should allow to leave the party,” the party source told Vanguard. It was upon this that Tambuwal who accepted the offer visited the president to inform him of the peace move and the president it was gathered enthusiastically gave his endorsement. It was, however, reasoned that a meeting with the two men would not hold until after the Edo State governorship election.

Oyegun Is A Man of Integrity – APC Leaders

Support for the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun mounted on Tuesday  as prominent leaders of the party lauded his leadership qualities, describing him as “a man of honour, integrity and dignity”.

In a statement in Abuja by the Chairman of APC United Front, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, the leaders described as laughable the calls on Oyegun to resign as chairman of the APC by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his co-travellers, saying the world has seen a more progressive party under his dynamic leadership

“Chief Odigie Oyegun is not under the influence of a powerful and sinister arm of government. He will never thwart the will of the people” the leaders said.

They praised the national chairman for his strategic roles in internal party governance and in the development and promulgation of party policy.

Listing intellectual depth, credible track record, futuristic vision and personal integrity as key requirements for a progressive leader, the leaders eulogized Oyegun for giving equal rights and opportunities to members of the APC regardless of status, class and affiliation.

“Leadership goes with creativity, sensitivity, compassion, innovation, courage, vision, character, competence, focus, passion, responsibility, self-discipline, service delivery and a very high dosage of patriotism. Oyegun is an embodiment of transparency and accountability” the statement said.

The leaders commended Oyegun for bringing about a more dynamic way of administering the affairs of the party, sacrificing his comfort to work tirelessly for the party and for allowing the wheel of democracy to run constitutionally.

“As a man with impeccable record in governance and party politics, Chief Odigie Oyegun will never derail from the path of honour”

The leaders, who also thanked Nigerians at home and abroad for the confidence reposed on Oyegun, applauded him for the pragmatic steps taken to address the problems emanating from the party’s primaries in Ondo State.

 “Oyegun is an honest and highly effective leader. He has built a reputation anchored on integrity over the years. He is a fountain of quality advice, inspiration, encouragement and hope. He deserves the biggest thanks for being a team player and using his undivided and thorough leadership style in growing the party” the leaders said.

Identifying his commitment to principle in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness as some of the attributes that brought him into collusion with Tinubu and others, the leaders commended him for enriching the development journey of the party and the country.
The leaders described the decision of the Appeal Panel as selfish.

“Oyegun is honest, dedicated, committed, and God fearing. He is a consummate politician, proven administrator and a bridge builder. He is a man of honour, integrity and dignity” the statement said.

 The leaders while describing Oyegun as a true democrat, a hard-working, progressive person and leader with credibility, character and calm advised him to continue with his good work.
They also advised Tinubu not to destroy the party with his selfish and anti-democratic agenda.
The leaders, who also recalled the sterling performance of Oyegun during his days as governor of Edo State, said the current national chairman of APC performed excellently in all the sectors.

Alhaji Taiwo Ganiyu
Media Assistant

Tinubu’s Allegations Not True – Odigie-Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said he will not take issue with the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He, however, said “most” of the allegations in the media report were “not true,” noting that the party would focus on the September 28 governorship election in Edo State, which he said was his “priority”.

Odigie-Oyegun said this on Monday in Benin in response to the call by the former Lagos State governor for his removal.

According to him, Tinubu is a respected leader in the party, and he will have to consult with other party leaders before making a statement.

He said, “Asiwaju is a well respected leader of our party; so, I cannot be seen speaking evil against him. I have to consult properly with other leaders of the party before we make any definite statement. Again, you know we have a crucial election here in Edo, which is my priority right now.

“We do not want to lose focus and I know Asiwaju also wants us to win because we all have worked hard for this. So, maybe, after the election, if there is need, I will speak. If (there is) no need, I will relax. But all I can say now is that most of the things said in the papers about me are not true.”

Odigie-Oyegun stated that he had always believed in internal democracy and the credibility of primaries, which must be taken seriously.

The former Edo State governor added, “I believe that if primaries of parties are not credible, it may derail any democracy. So, I do not play with these things at all. Everybody knows me and I do not joke with my credibility and I have tried to maintain it.’’

“But maybe after Edo election, after we must have emerged victorious, we may speak on some of the issues raised. So, there is no problem at all.”

It was learnt that Odigie-Oyegun came under serious pressure on Monday not to respond to Tinubu’s call on him to resign as the APC national chairman.

The outburst of Tinubu was said to have confirmed the internal wrangling in the ruling party.

However, Odigie-Oyegun, who was said to have been seriously jolted by Tinubu’s accusation, was said to have been prevailed on by some ministers and governors from the APC not to respond to Tinubu’s attack.

I Will Not Trade Words With Tinubu Because I Respect Him – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said monday that he would not be drawn into a war of words with one of the National Leaders of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the allegations levelled against him by the latter on the Ondo State governorship primary until after the governorship election in Edo State.

Tinubu on Sunday took a swipe at Oyegun over the outcome of the Ondo State governorship primary of the APC, declaring that the chairman must step down for rejecting the report of the Appeal Panel set up by the party to review the outcome of the primary in the state and instead submitted the name of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the governorship candidate of the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Oyegun who spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said: “Asiwaju is a well respected leader of the APC and as such, I cannot be heard speaking evil against him,” adding that he had to consult properly with other leaders of the party before making any definite statement because “you know we have a crucial election here in Edo which is my priority right now”.

According to Oyegun, “I don’t want to lose focus and I know Asiwaju also wants us to win because we all worked hard for this. So may be after the election if there is need, I will speak if there is no need, I will relax.

“But all I can say now is that most of the things said in the papers about me are not true. I have always believed in internal democracy, that the credibility of primary must be taken seriously.”

He added: “I believe that if the primaries of parties are not credible, it may derail any democracy, so I don’t play with these things at all. Everybody knows me and I don’t joke with my credibility and I have tried to maintain it.

“Like I said, Asiwaju is our leader and we all hold him in high esteem, so I will never join issues with him.

“But may be after the Edo elections, after we must have emerged victorious, we may speak on some of the issues raised. So there is no problem at all.

Bola Tinubu Demands John Odigie-Oyegun’s Resignation Over Ondo APC Governorship Primaries

National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, has reportedly asked for the immediate resignation of the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun. According to Vanguard, Tinubu made the demand in a stinking communiqué sent to Oyegun and other party chieftains.

The former Lagos state governor in the letter accused Oyegun of interfering and sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo State by overriding the decision of the party’s appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.
 He alleged that APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending
to be progressives, His communique reads

“The APC, a party born of the quest for democratic good governance, is under critical threat by those who managed to be in the party but never of it. From the party’s inception, the principles of democratic fairness and justice were to guide APC internal deliberations. Party founders realized that only by intramural fair dealing could the party remain faithful to the progressive ideals that we presented to the Nigerian electorate as our governing creed. If the party could not justly govern itself, it would find it difficult to establish and maintain just government throughout the nation. In essence, the party was the embodiment of a democratic promise made between its members as well as a democratic vow made to the public. Evidently, some errant members believe promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken.

Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display. In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few naira. The party was supposed to buttress APC members elected to government at all levels. Because of Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it was meant to help. Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo State primary will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order. In early September, the state primary was held. A purported winner was named. Having faith in the ways of the party, Tinubu publicly accepted what he assumed to be a verdict honestly derived. As a democrat, one must face the possibility of defeat and accept such as outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory. One of the few bright spots during the conduct of the primaries was Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar. He chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list had been slipped into the process. Indeed within hours of the announcement, news began to filter in that gravely disturbed me. Credible allegations of fraud troubled the waters. The delegate list had been materially altered by someone in a strategic position to so do. The names of over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors. This was not a clerical error. The alteration was wilfully executed that the primary would be directed toward a chosen end that bore nothing in common with the will of most state party members. A cunning few had tried to deceive the many into believing they were outnumbered. A conspiracy to steal the Ondo primary had been uncovered. Fortunately, the grand deception afoot had been unable to cover its tracks fast enough. Truth began to cry for justice. “Several candidates filed petitions contesting the result. The party established an investigative board to review the evidence.

In a two to one decision, the panel found the delegate roster had suffered tampering. The panel recommended that a new primary should be held using the valid delegate list. This recommendation was tabled before the National Working Committee (NWC). After many hours of deliberations spanning several days, a final vote was held by the NWC. Before hand, NWC members agreed that the decision of the majority would become the stance of the party. Such is the way of democracy. The NWC voted six against five to cancel the fraudulent results and hold an honest primary. For a moment, it seemed the party would restore its integrity by giving democracy a chance.

However, those who sought to scam an entire state would not let the vote of 11 people spoil their enterprise. After the NWC vote, a noticeably agitated Chairman Oyegun proposed the NWC engage in prayer before concluding the meeting. Adhering to this chairman’s request, NWC members began to pray. Seeing that the others had taken his bait, Oyegun used the prayerful interlude to secretly excuse himself from the meeting. Contravening the NWC decision and in violation of all rules of fundamental decency, Oyegun decided to safeguard the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a greater fraud. Oyegun arrogated to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party. Truth has finally come to light. There exists a regressive element in the party that cares nothing for the progressive ideas upon which this party was founded. They joined the APC because it was the best ride available at the time. Now they want to guide the party into the ditch. They want to turn the party into a soulless entity incapable of doing good, just like they are. When such a person tastes power, they shed all good restraint.

They come to abuse the trust given them as if they are the owners of that trust and not its mere custodians. These people did little to build the party but now will do much to wreck it. Our party was to stand for change. Oyegun and his fellows seem to be on a different wave length. They are the cohort of Unchange.

The APC wants to guide Nigeria into a better tomorrow. Oyegun and the cohort of unchange want to pull Nigeria back into the past where rigging and vote stealing were the old and new testaments of politics. They want the people to think that there is no alternative to their reactionary system of skewed politics and imperious government. Thus, they seek to turn the APC into a factory of the very political malpractices the people soundly rejected in the past election. To choke the APC in this manner is to kill the chance for progressive reform for the foreseeable future. Much more than the Ondo primary is at stake. Oyegun has revealed his team’s game plan: It is the destruction of progressive politics and governance on behalf of the people. As party chairman, Oyegun was supposed to protect our internal processes and be an impartial arbiter, a person in whom all had confidence. Instead, he donned the garment of a confident man, duping the NWC, the party, and INEC in one fell blow. He has robbed APC members in Ondo State of the chance to pick in a fair manner who they believe is the best candidate. As such, he has broken faith with the party and probably has broken a few laws. The consequences of what he has done are more expansive than a man of his scope can fathom,” Tinubu said as he said that Oyegun must have been under some major sinister influence as to allow what happened. “With strong expectation, we await a response to Oyegun’s wrongdoing from those who clamored so long and loudly about Tinubu’s alleged role in the Ondo primary. Leading into the primary, a prominent lawyer from Ondo published lengthy missives alleging that Tinubu was a malicious hand intent on rigging the primary. His letters spoke of his great love for democracy and justice. Though Oyegun has assaulted democracy in a most public and vulgar way, this lawyer’s prolific pen will remain stilled. He dare not publish a word about this travesty. His silence will be sign for all who care to decipher its meaning. The plan was to point the accusing finger at Tinubu. With everyone focused on Tinubu, they would have distracted all attention from the heist they had set in motion. As fate would have it, the trickery they hoped to conduct in the shadows has come to light. Those who so actively attributed imaginary wrong to Tinubu now stand dumb and mute in the face of confirmed impropriety. They remain silent for reasons they cannot divulge.

Oyegun and his ilk turn out to be gangsters adorned in the tunic of party authority. Oyegun has engaged in the strange math where five is greater than six. This smacks of how the PDP conducted its affairs and orchestrated its own downfall. Tinubu disparaged such malpractice when it was not in his party. Tinubu surely disowns it now that it has invaded the party he helped bring to fruition. Tinubu has consciously refused to hold any official position with the party to avoid the perception that he was trying to control all and sundry. Tinubu has even kept his peace for some time despite many things that happened within the party that were not quite right. He exercised this forbearance because the party is young. A collective endeavor cannot avoid the mistakes and errors of organizational newness and evolution. Yet, the wrongs Oyegun committed had nothing to do with newness or the mistakes occasioned by the path of reform. His actions are in the nature of the old wrongs that have afflicted our national politics much too long. If Oyegun wants to walk backward into the past, he has every right to it. However, he has no right to drag the party or any of us with him. Against our choosing. The informal title of national leader of the party was given to Tinubu at the onset which he accepted it as a sign from those who wished to recognize my contributions to the party’s formation. It is an honorific title which he has been proud to wear until today. I would rather not have any title yet reside in a party that honors democracy than hold a title in a party that says it honors me but that treats justice with indecency. I find greater honour and comfort where democracy and fairness are found and respected. Oyegun has done the irredeemable. His coup is an insult to party and to patriot, to reason and to the reform agenda of this government. To remain silent would be to admit the defeat of the reform and progressive change many have labored to bring forth.

While the forces resistant to change and reform are strong, Tinubu dare not submit to them. Tinubu encourages all party members not to submit to them. If we acquiesce in this wrong, the one greater than this shall cascade upon us. “Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake. On the chopping block, lies the future of the political party in which the majority of voters had placed their confidence. To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time. If Tinubu is to choose between John Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”


PDP Is Dead and Buried – Oyegun Says As 3000 Defect To APC

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Oyegun, said this while received two former leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oredo LGA of Edo State on Wednesday.

Some of the defected members of the party included Mr. Ebima Ogbeide, Tony Anileh, Madam Goldenpenny, Pius Izemwingie, Ikponmwonsa Usiobafoh, Mrs. Vero Aguebor, Wilfred Enabulele, secretary ward 5, and Mr. Ebima Ogbeide.

Oyegun said:

“Massive development has already started in the state, and we welcome people who have the interest of the state and are progressive minded to join to continue with this development.

“Looking at the calibre of leaders defecting, I laugh when I see PDP boast of winning. Honestly, they are dead and buried in Edo.”

APC Won’t Lose Senate Leadership To PDP- Oyegun

The national chairman of All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, on Wednesday said the ruling party would never allow opposition Peoples Democratic Party to take over the Senate leadership should Bukola Saraki be removed as a consequence of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

In an interview, Mr. Oyegun hinted that the APC did not mind losing the seat of the senate president should Mr. Saraki be removed from office.

“Well, I don’t think we will lose that position,” Mr. Oyegun had said, “But sometimes, for change to take place, there is price you have to pay. So losing the position may be sacrifice for change.”

Apparently amid criticisms from party leaders, Mr. Oyegun told journalists at the party’s secretariat on Wednesday that he was misunderstood.

“That misunderstanding is still on?” he rhetorically ask the journalists.

He said, “Let me put it simply. There were basically two points that I was making. Number one, as a party of change even as a party, we cannot interfere in a judicial process that is ongoing. That was clear. And when they asked about the senate, I said under no circumstance can we compromise on the leadership of the senate.

“We are the majority party and the issue doesn’t even really arise but unfortunately the way it was put, the misinterpretation has been a little bit too intense and that is clear. It just doesn’t arise at all. The issue, the argument and the rest doesn’t arise. If somebody wants to theorise and postulate, that’s a different matter. It doesn’t arise.”


Anti-China Loan Comment: Fayose Is Ignorant, Says Odigie-Oyegun, Oni

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has criticised the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and other opposition leaders over their comments on President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips, describing their statements as insensitive.

Odigie-Oyegun and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Chief Segun Oni,   also said that  the governor’s letter to the Chinese government not to grant Nigeria a $2bn loan was a display of ignorance on issues affecting the country by Fayose.

Odigie-Oyegun, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Benin on Sunday, noted that critics opposed to the nation’s growth and development were bent on frustrating the efforts of the APC-led administration and the President to rescue the country from the ongoing fuel crisis and revitalise the ailing economy.

Fayose had last week written a letter to the Chinese government, asking it to shun President Buhari’s proposal to secure a $2bn loan for Nigeria.

The governor, in his letter to President Xi Jinping of China, said Nigerians were “totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget.

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Performance: Oyegun, APC Beg Nigerians For More Time

National chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun has said he was unaware of any threat against his continued stay as chairman of the party. Oyegun spoke at the end of a caucus meeting involving president Mohammadu Buhari, the president of the senate, Bukola Saraki, Party’s former and serving governors, senators amongst others held at the presidential Villa Abuja late Tuesday night.

The chairman who admitted reading about the speculation of his imminent removal from office however said it was one of such challenges inherent in the status. He said: “I am not aware that my office is under threat. I led the party to the State House. It amazes me, occasionally it annoys me. That is one of the things you have to endure when you are in a position like mine. “We discussed all the challenges that have occurred since the elections. And we decided on the way forward.” Conscious of the crisis in his party, Oyegun also revealed that a committee has been set up to resolve the crisis. “It was a very serious meeting that discussed serious issues that have to do with the progress of the party.

“Skirmishes among party members are normal. We have set up a committee that is looking into all those issues and will resolve those issues”, he said. Speaking on the performance of his party’s government almost one year after taking over power, the national chairman pleaded for time on the part of Nigerians. He said that the government would come on full stream when the 2016 budget is passed.

“Basically, we are expecting the budget to be out, and once that is done, implementation of our policies will start. “That is what we will use to deliver on our promises to the people. So we are waiting. “Don’t say one year into the present administration, count this year because this is the year we are presenting our budget and implementation will start.” Asked why the recovered loot was yet to be ploughed back into the economy by the government, the chairman said “We don’t just recover money and spend it. We recover money and it will go into revenue. It will be deployed appropriately with the normal legislative approach”.

Bayelsa Election: APC Condemns Violence, Killings, Expresses Reservations About Conduct

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the violence and killings in the just-concluded supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa on Saturday.


The APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, condemned the killings while answering questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday night after a meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee.


The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.


Oyegun also said that the party had “a lot of reservations’’ about the conduct of the election and would, therefore, “examine what has come out very carefully and decide the next line of action’’.


“The Bayelsa election has come and gone. We have very deep regrets that there was so much blood that was spilt in the process.


“We have a lot of reservations, some of which our candidate has very eloquently expressed.


“We are going to examine what has come out very carefully and decide the next line of action.’’


On the ongoing fight against corruption, Oyegun said that the party was not in any way apologetic over the arrest and interrogation of some politicians and bigwigs across the country.


According to him, there is a lot of rot in the system, which the present administration is determined to cleanse no matter whose ox is gored.


The APC chairman also said it was not true that the anti-corruption crusade was meant to decimate the opposition, especially the top members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


“The APC is not in any way apologetic. We promised change and there is a lot of rot in the system.


“This must be cleansed and whoever and whatever ox is being gored, where ever the tree is going to fall, so, let it be.


“We must get use to the fact that in the process of cleansing this nation, there is going to be a lot of bullets to bite.


“The APC has not been in office at national level for the last 10 to 16 years. So, the issue of whether somebody is PDP or not PDP does not arise.


“We have a nation to cleanse. The president has committed himself to that and that and we should fight it whatever way it comes. We are not being apologetic about that at all.


“It has nothing to do with witch-hunting. It just happens that the dramatis personae of the period all happened to be on one side of the political divide.’’


The chairman stated that the APC-led administration will continue to encourage constructive opposition that will keep the government on its toes in discharging its responsibilities.


He said that the APC-led government had no intention of turning Nigeria into a one party state.


“We have absolutely no intention to pressurise any group or any nation towards a one-party state.


“It is not in our interest so to do because we need a vibrant opposition.


“We need an opposition that will contribute constructively to national discourse that will make us sit up and deliver to the people what we promised.


“But, the task is enormous and if anybody is ready to help to discharge these responsibilities, he is most welcome.’’



Oyegun said that during the meeting at the state house, the party leadership had briefed the President and vice-president on the state of the party and its challenges.


He said that the party would soon be facing about 78 different electoral exercises following various court judgments across the country.


“As of today, we have 78 elections to contend with, mostly arising from court actions following the national elections.


“And we also took the opportunity to be briefed on the state of the nation and the great work the administration is doing in the face of very, very intense challenges to tackle these issues and these problems.


“So, we are going away fulfilled, happy that government has substantially blocked the leakages in the system.


Oyegun said that the party was looking forward to the early passage of the 2016 budget by the National Assembly to ensure its smooth implementation.





APC’ll Not Apologise To Anyone Over Anti-Corruption War – Odigie-Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said despite the criticism of partisanship trailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, the party owes no one any apology.

Origin-Oyegun spoke with State House correspondents on Monday evening after a meeting the party’s National Working Committee members held with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was reacting to allegations that the ongoing anti-corruption war is aimed at further decimating the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The APC chairman however said the party’s position was that the rots in the country must be cleansed irrespective of whose ox is gored.

He however said his party was not interested in a one-party state, saying the nation needs a constructive opposition.

He said, “The APC is not in any way apologetic. We promised change and there is a lot of rot in the system. This must be cleansed and whoever and whatever ox is being gored, where ever the tree is going to fall, so, let it be.

“We must get used to the fact that in the process of cleansing this nation, there is going  to be a lot of bullet to bite.

“The APC has not been in office at national level in the last 10 to 16 years.  So, the issue of whether somebody is PDP or not PDP does not arise. We have a nation to cleanse. The president has committed himself to that and we should support it whatever way it comes. We are not being apologetic about that at all.

“It has nothing to do with witch-hunting. It just happened that the dramatist personel of the period all happened to be on one side of the political divide. We have absolutely no intention to pressurise any group or any nation towards a one-party state. It is not in our interest so to do because we need a vibrant opposition.

“We need an opposition that will contribute constructively to national discourse, that will make us sit up and deliver to the people what we promised. But the task is enormous and if anybody is ready to help to discharge these responsibilities, he is most welcomed.”

Odigie-Oyegun added that the party regretted the bloodshed that characterised the just-concluded governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Prof. Sagay’s Alleged Concocted Interview Is Handwork Of Looters –Oyegun

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has urged Nigerians who see merit in the war that President Buhari-led administration was waging against corruption, not to be distracted by the ploy of some people he described as “agents of corruption” to discredit the war.


The APC chairman, while reacting to alleged concocted interview in a national daily (not Vanguard) by a legal luminary, Prof. Itse Sagay, yesterday, insisted that sane Nigerians must continue to support the efforts of the president to rid the country of corruption.

While describing the the alleged concocted interview as the “height of callous insensitivity”, the APC chairman accused those, who he noted, had looted the country blind, as sponsors of the interview.

The alleged interview, which the elder statesman was quoted as saying the current government’s fight against corrupt was merely a cosmetic one, has gained prominence in the media.
He has since distanced himself from the interview, insisting that it was concocted.

But Oyegun said it was the handiwork of those who soiled their hands in corruption during the immediate past federal administration.

“In response to the ‘concocted’ interview published in Nigerian Tribune (Sunday, December 20, 2015) and attributed to respected legal scholar, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN where he reportedly dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption efforts as “selective” and “cosmetic” and further accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and it’s members of corruption amongst others, we are mindful of the axiom: “When you fight corruption, it fights back”, the statement read.

He added :”For the record, Mr. Sagay, a professor of law, well known constitutional lawyer and head of President Buhari’s advisory committee on anti-corruption, says the newspaper’s interview credited to him is concocted and represents a desperate attempt to discredit President Buhari’s anti-corruption war. He challenged the reporter and paper’s editors to provide the public with a tape recording of the so-called interview.

“President Buhari in his May 29 inaugural speech declared, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, that position remains unchanged. The syndicated and sponsored campaign suggesting a “selective” and “cosmetic” anti-corruption fight by the present administration should be seen as a plot meant to distract the citizenry from the successful ongoing war to catch looters and recover Nigeria’s stolen common wealth.

“On sweeping allegations made by the sponsors of the concocted interview that members of the APC are corrupt, the burden of proof is on the sponsors.

“Nigerians and the international community are still reeling in shock over the looting and diversion of public funds meant to purchase badly needed arms and ammunition for Nigeria’s Armed Forces to fight insurgents and protecting the country’s territorial integrity.

“The President’s assurance that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be encouraged to publish details of voluntary return of looted funds to the Federal Government’s coffers is evidently causing panic in the camp of looters.

“Whether by planted media reports, interviews or whatever form of syndicated proxy campaign, the looters of our common wealth do not have the luxury of dictating how the present administration carries out its legitimate duty of catching looters, as long as it conforms with the rule of law.

“The looted arms purchase funds could have saved the lives of innocent Nigerians, particularly ill-equipped soldiers who became easy preys to insurgents.

“Indeed, corruption is fighting back but the will of Nigerians and the noble efforts of the present administration will prevail. “



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Go to court, Odigie-Oyegun tells Timipre Sylva

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has told Chief Timipre Sylva, one of the contestants in Sept. 22 botched primary in Bayelsa to go to court.

“Mr Sylva can go to court because that is what the court is meant for,” the chairman said on Monday in Abuja.

The chairman made the statement while responding to newsmen who asked for his comments on Mr. Sylva’s claim that he won the botched primary.

He said the party had decided to conduct another primary on Sept. 29.

He added that the party’s National Working Committee deemed it fit to provide a level playing ground for all candidates who aspire to public offices in the party.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun declared that the process that led to the Sept. 22 primary in Yenagoa did not meet the standard which the party had set for itself.

He said, “We had serious security challenges and the process did not meet the standard which this party has set for itself.

“We have no alternative but to stop the process by ensuring that the chairman of the panel was moved out of the venue with the help of security agencies.

“We decided thereafter that there should be fresh primary.

“We have written to INEC on our decision to conduct fresh primary for the Bayelsa governorship election on Tuesday.

“We are getting in touch with the Inspector-General of Police and all other security agencies to assist us in ensuring effective security.”


Buhari Working Independently To Assemble Ministers Without Inferences- Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has said President Muhammadu Buhari was working hard independently without any inferences to assemble the best hands as ministers in the next few weeks.

Oyegun revealed that President Buhari has spent the last two months understanding the situation he inherited from the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led government.

Oyegun at the national Secretariat of APC yesterday, during a visit by the Association of Northern Students on the occasion of his 76th birthday and one year in office as national chairman of APC, said the President will appoint his ministers in a few weeks.

“What some of us in the progressive movement that has now transformed into governance of this country cannot accept is that the nation needed to be as bad as it is today. Yes, the circumstances of last 15 years ago are different, the nature of economy is different, people have evolved but the basic fact remains the same and that is for any nation, for any government to have any legitimacy, its key emphasis and the whole justification for its existence must be the welfare of the people, who have entrusted that party or that leader with the governance of their common affairs. That is the key thing…”

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Why Buhari Wants To Probe Only Jonathan- Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun does not hesitate in baring his mind on happenings within the polity, his party and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a chat with select journalists, Odigie did exactly that as he shared his thoughts on a number of touchy issues in the polity. Excerpts:

Your party, last week resolved the seeming intractable crisis rocking the APC caucus in the House of Reps, how did you achieve that?

We are glad that the mis­understanding in the House of Representatives has been amicably resolved; thanks to the intervention of Mr. President who once again made it quite clear with everybody, that there is no alternative but to listen to what the party says.

He emphasised the fact that all of us were what we were and what we are, thanks to the platform that the party provided for everybody.

I think his message resonated very intensively with all the members of the House. Yet, he did not interfere. I want to make that very clear. His parting words to us was that the presiding lead­ership of the House and the party should go and resolve whatever issues there are that were militat­ing against the resolution of the problem. And that exactly is what happened.

When we were leaving there, the press was very anxious to hear that A, B and C have been appointed to whatever positions but that is not what happened. I promised that within a few hours, it would be resolved. Precisely, I said that by the next morning, the nation will be glad knowing that this issue would have been resolved and put behind us.

We left there and went a few hours later into consultations and discussions with the presiding officers of the House of Rep­resentatives. Let me take this opportunity to pay tribute to their maturity, to their sense of re­sponsibility. I pay tribute to their loyalty to the party and above all, tribute to their sense of general good, meaning the patriotism displayed by the Speaker and his Deputy.

It did not take long, necessary concessions that had to be made were made. The very next day, I think you all witnessed the general jubilation that greeted the final resolution of what was proven to be an intractable prob­lem. One behind us, one to go. Everybody has ended up being happy with the solution that was proffered to the problem of party position primarily being upheld.

But some members ap­pear to have been cheat­ed in the way the matter was resolved. Are you not concerned that the South East could not get anything in the sharing arrangement adopted by the party?

The sharing process is not over. I want everybody to get that very clear. In the House of Rep­resentatives, it is not yet over, all the zones yet to get anything will be taken into consideration when other positions in the House are being distributed, I have no doubt.

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APC Pledges To Address Human Rights Abuse In Rivers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja pledged to address all issues of human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated by the Rivers government.

The APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, made the pledge when all 23 local government chairmen in Rivers paid a courtesy visit to the party’s national secretariat.

The chairmen were at the secretariat to report purported cases of human rights violations, unpaid salaries and monthly allocations to the state and intimidation to their persons by Gov. Nyesom Wike.

Odigie-Oyegun assured the grassroots leaders that APC followed due process, adding that the party would not “allow the blood of the innocent to be shed
for political reasons.

“I want to give you the assurance that yes, things have changed in this nation, and those who are still testing our resolve will discover sooner than later that they are absolutely on the wrong track.

“The fact that we are a party of law, a party of order, a party of due process does not mean we will allow impunity to continue.

“We will not allow the blood of innocent to be shed on the platform of politics or for political reasons.

“If the PDP in Rivers does not recognise that change has in fact come to this nation, then they will be doing so at their own peril because there certainly will be consequences.

“We cannot allow our members, innocent citizens to be witch-hunted, to be slain, to be abused the way they are used to and the way it has been happening,” he said.

He said that the friction in the state could be attributed to the fact that APC won all local government seats in PDP-controlled Rivers.

According to him, the party is aware of the “high price’’ paid by executives of its state chapter to what they had accomplished.

The chairman promised to liaise with the legal adviser of the party to ensure justice. “We are very much aware of the way things are run…. but I urge you to be strong because the day of reckoning is certain.

“We will certainly call for all those who have acted against the laws of this nation and who have brought injury and harm to innocent citizens of this country.

“This is not the kind of regime that allows or tolerates impunity.

“I want you all to be courageous, strong, law-abiding, knowing that you can see the light definitely at the end of the tunnel.

“It is immediate that we do something about those who are tormenting innocent persons.

He said that APC would not ask for favours from law enforcement agencies, “given the kind of leadership we have of President Buhari.“

“We are going to just ask them to abide by the constitution of the nation and discharge their duties with equity to all and with bias toward none,” he said.

Mr Chimbiko Akarolo, the Chairman of Port Harcourt Local Government Area, who led the delegation, told Odigie-Oyegun that the allocation meant for the local government councils had been seized since the present administration assumed office.

“We want to let you know that as soon as we got into office, the minority party informed us that as soon as they get into office at the state level, we’ll be dissolved.

“We took the right step, we went to court and we got an injunction dissuading them from doing that.

As as soon as we did that, the state government went on air directing all financial institutions not to deal with us. “We can’t take loan, we cannot function, and we can’t take facilities. As I speak, our allocation has been seized, workers have not been paid, we have not been paid,” he said.

He pleaded with the party to “use every means necessary to sustain the local governments in Rivers’’ by informing every instrument of government to compel the state government to release allocations owed them.

Akarolo said that there was need to improve the security situation of the local government chairmen, adding that they had no security details since they took over.

The chairmen present at the visit include Ahoada East, Bokana, Bonny, Ikwerre, Ogbia/Andoni and Port-Harcourt local government, among others.

Oyegun Lauded For Outstanding Contributions To Democracy

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Wednesday praised the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun for moving Nigeria into a new phase, with the election of a government that is very different from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration in many respects.

The union also acknowledged his leadership qualities and his immense contributions to the success of the party, particularly his role in the making of President Muhammadu Buhari, his visible hands in the making of APC governors and his invaluable contributions to the elections of lawmakers.

In a letter signed by the, Deji Gbolahon Elumoye (Chairman) and Abimbola Oyetunde (Secretary), the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council extolled Oyegun’s exemplary leadership qualities, noting his contributions to the growth of democracy Nigeria.

The letter reads ‘The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to mark its 2015 Press Week. As part of the events, an Award Night which will be the grand finale of the Press Week activities is scheduled for Friday, September 25 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja by 6; 00pm. We are pleased to inform you of your nomination for the 2015 NUJ Recognition Award. Your recognition for the award to be bestowed on you stems out of a careful study of your administrative excellence in handling the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to attain a greater height as the ruling party in Nigeria’.

APC Crisis: Oyegun’s Exit Isn’t A Solution — Senator

Senator Francis Alimikhena, APC, Edo North is the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and a retired military officer. In this interview with Vanguard, Senator Alimikhena, who is in his first term in the Senate and the only APC senator from the South-South, speaks on topical issues affecting the Senate and his party.  Excerpts:

What should one expect from you as the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate?

AlimikhenaI am going to do the best I can for Edo North and Nigeria in general. As deputy chief whip, I will make sure that I make my office very attractive and robust and do what is right for all manner of people.

What are the issues stoking the crisis in your party?

Well, it is a leadership issue and at the same time, it is a family affair. You know in every family, there must be issue and it is good to resolve the issues among the family. It all goes down to misunderstanding. As I can say by my own perception,  misunderstanding and wrong direction are the causes of the wrangling.

There are calls from some quarters that the National chairman of your party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun should resign or be removed. What is your take on this?

I do not believe that he should resign because any decision taken rightly or wrongly is a collective responsibility. If they feel that Oyegun has not done well, it is not only Oyegun that should go, all the National Working Committee, NWC of the APC should go. But I don’t think he should go, it is just a matter of consensus.

When mistakes occur then they can be rectified because if you say one mistake occured here and you say the people that made that mistake should go, what of other people that will come? If they make similar mistakes, will they have to go? I don’t think that it is fair on him for anybody to clamour that they should go because of what has happened.

What is your agenda for the Senator Bukola Saraki led 8th Senate?

Well, I don’t have to set agenda for him because he is an agenda person. He can set good agenda that he believes can be good for the country. You should bear in mind that he was once a governor and he did well in Kwara State and this is his second term in the Senate. He should be able to know the agenda that is good for the country.

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Furious Oyegun Denies Taking Bribes To Support Saraki

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied taking bribe to support the agenda of the lawmakers who became principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of his own party.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun made the denial when the leadership of the South-East, South-South Professionals paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the allegation in some media reports that he was induced to support Bukola Saraki’s bid to emerge senate president was false.

The chairman also expressed shock over allegations that he deliberately pitched members of the party from the North against those from the South.

He expressed delight at the solidarity visit at a time he is facing serious challenge over the National Assembly crisis.

He said: “There is nothing they have not said about me but when you ask what has the man done, one of their reports said the present executive cannot win us elections in 20?19. Good Lord! You’ve not even finished 2015, you’re talking about 2019.

”The one that annoys me is the attempt to rubbish 75 solid years of a character that I’ve put together. They said ?I take gratification. Gratification to what purpose?

“The only people who can say that are the people who don’t know my background or history. I was just over 30 when I started joining teams that were buying aircraft from Holland and Seattle in the U. S.

“That could not corrupt me. I was on the board of the Railways, NPA and the rest of them. If all these did not make me corrupt, how can I at 76 take money, money from who to do what?”

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APC Govs Never Asked For Oyegun’s Resignation – Dep. National Chairman

At no time did governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ask the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun to resign his position, Deputy National Chairman, North, of the party Senator Lawan Shuaibu, has said.

Some national dailies had reported yesterday that eight governors of the party had demanded the resignation of Mr. Oyegun over the lingering leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly.

The governors, who purportedly asked for the national chairman’s resignation, included Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), and Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa).

But Shuaibu, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored in Abuja yesterday, said there was no such thing.

“I don’t know who asked the national chairman to resign, because the governors that visited him declared their support on the party’s position about the leadership of the National Assembly”, Shuaibu said.

APC Forwards Names Of Candidates For Principal Positions In NASS To Senate President, House Speaker

Chairman of the APC Chief John Odigie-Oyegun yesterday forwarded names of the party’s chosen candidates to ocupy principal positions in the National Assembly to Saraki and Dogara. The names which was contained in a letter signed by Chief Odigie-Oyegun reads;

“Please find below for your necessary action names of principal officers approved by the party, after excessive consultations for the 8th Senate as follows: Senator Ahmed Lawan(Majority Leader)–North-East; Prof. Sola Adeyeye( Chief Whip)–South-West; Sen. George Akume (Deputy Majority Leader)—North-Central; and Sen. Abu Ibrahim(Deputy Chief Whip)—North-West.”

A similar letter written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives reads

“Please find below for your necessary action names of principal officers approved by the party after extensive consultations for the eighth House of Representatives as follows: Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (House Leader) South-West; Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa(Deputy House Leader)—North-West; Hon. M. T. Monguno(Chief Whip)—North-East; and Hon. Pally Iriase(Deputy Chief Whip)—South-South. This comes with the assurances of my highest regards.”

The party believes that aggrieved National Assembly members such as Senator Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila who were sidelined by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the June 9th National Assembly elections should be compensated with principal offices in the National Assembly.

Source: The Nation 

Buhari, Oyegun Frown As APC Members Battle For Ministerial Slot

Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Engr. Segun Oni and the National Publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed are currently jostling for a place in the cabinet of the president Muhammadu Buhari as ministers, Vanguard has learnt.

Similarly, five other members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC have also indicated interest in various ministerial positions.

President Buhari, Vanguard gathered is expected to send the list of his ministers to the National Assembly this week as both chambers of the federal parliament resume plenary today and that he is not that much happy with the APC’s demand to be part of his cabinet.

A source at the national party secretariat in Abuja who craved anonymity said that Oni who was the former governor of Ekiti State was banking on the slot of the state.

The source added that his chances might be brighter as the present governor of his state, Ayo Fayose who is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is not likely to be given the opportunity of nominating a candidate.

He however expressed fear that Oni might run into difficulty with another former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who also played a visible role in the emergence of president Buhari.


APC Crisis: Buhari Meets Atiku, Oyegun

The need to further consult and calm frayed nerves has been adduced as reasons why the leadership of the All Progressives Congress shelved a meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja on Tuesday.

It was learnt that some of the party leaders who were still sore about the outcome of the National Assembly leadership elections, are yet to agree to sit on the roundtable with individuals they claimed stabbed them in the back.

A member of the party caucus who pleaded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said, “You expect me to sit with people who for their selfish interests connived with the opposition to deny our party what is due to it?

“We need time for the wounds to heal. You must also understand that the comment of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso which is in the papers today, has not helped matters.”

It was further learnt that as part of the consultations before a wider meeting would be called, President Muhammadu Buhari met with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, at his private residence in Abuja on Thursday.

When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, denied knowledge of any scheduled caucus or Board of Trustees meeting.

He told The PUNCH, “I am not aware of any meeting scheduled for Abuja, today (Tuesday), I only know that the Governors Forum is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).

It will be recalled that Al-Makura had on Sunday told newsmen in Lafia, that party leaders would meet in Abuja, on Tuesday to deliberate on the challenges facing the party.


Buhari May Appoint Non-APC Members As Ministers- Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun on Monday said that Nigerians who are non card carrying members of party were likely to serve as Ministers in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oyegun also said that he was not interested in the office of the secretary to Government of Federation, SGF as being speculated in different quarters of the country.

According to APC National chair, Buhari’s government and APC as a political party were more concerned with assembling technocrats and other competent hands who would key in to the vision and objectives of the present government.

Oyegun who spoke to Journalists in Abuja added that the background of such persons does not matter as long as he was capable to deliver and serve the Nigerian people, even as he explained why the list of ministers was yet to be made public.

He said: “There is absolutely no dispute between the party and the president. We agreed that we shall use all manner of people: politicians, technocrats, all manner of people even if not politicians, who can deliver and who subscribe passionately to the agenda of the president to move this country forward, irrespective of where the people come from; irrespective of whether the person is a card-carrying members of the party.

“What is important is the qualification of the person and the ability of the person to deliver on the ideas of Mr. President. What we are interested is in the ability of the people to bring up the ideas that will help Mr. President achieve the set objectives and the ability to deliver on what the President wants.

“Secondly, this is an executive function and the President has the right to consult as widely as possible. This means he might pick people within the party; people outside the party. It is a prerogative the President should exercise and we cannot question that. We are quite happy about the way he is proceeding.


We Made Sacrifices To Win 2015 Election- Oyegun

National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun yesterday revealed that the party’s victory at the last general elections was a product of sacrifice by the members and national leadership of the party.

He said that the leaders jettisoned their personal interests and subjugated them in the will and wishes of the people to win the election, noting that democracy can only thrive if the people were given a chance to choose their leaders. Oyegun who spoke in Abuja when the former Nigerein President, Mamam Usman paid him a courtesy visit also said that the people’s will prevailed in the election.

According to him, APC as a political party had a very excruciating experience with the outgone People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which he said did everything to frustrate the victory of the party.

He stated that the PDP never wanted the birth of the party from the contemplation of idea to form it by the legacy parties.

Oyegun’s revelation however followed an understudy exercise by the visiting Nigerien president who is also the leader of the opposition in his country to ascertain steps taken by APC to win the elections from opposition status.

He said: “The leaders of the 16 political parties of your alliance must be ready to subjugate. That is when the people of Niger will now have choice. We hope every nation in the continent will need from our example.”

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Boko Haram Will Be In For Surprises For Daring Buhari, Says Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says the Boko Haram insurgents will be in for surprises for daring the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to end the insurgency.

He said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the party’s National Working Committee’s visit to the president in Abuja onTuesday.

Oyegun said that it was obvious that the insurgents were daring the president’s resolve.

“They spoke about security all throughout the campaign.

“It is obvious that the insurgents as you call them are trying his resolve and I have a feeling that they will be in for surprises.”

According to Oyegun, officials of the party visited Buhari to pay their respect and pledge support for his administration.

The chairman said that the president briefed the party officials on some topical national issues and they were pleased.

He stated that expectations were high, adding that the party was on the proper path towards responding to the yarnings and needs of Nigerians.

“Very straight forward. I led my colleagues in the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress to come and pay their respect to the President.

“We had not done so before now, because we wanted the events to move to the ultimate climax which is his installation as the President and Commander-in-Chief and that has occurred.

“So, we just came here to felicitate with him and pledge our loyalty and determination to work with him through thick and thin.

“That he can always depend on the party that he used as a platform to become the President of this great nation.

“We noted the fact thatyes expectations are extremely high and that the public expects a totally new dawn.

“And on that score, we said that we are with you; You Mr President you will succeed because the entire party will be galvanised as one man behind you to ensure that days into this presidency, Nigerians do in fact see that things are changing.

“All the problems will not be solved in one day. There is no switch that you will flick to bring that kind of eventuality.

“But what Nigerians want is to be sure that we have gotten it right and that we are on the proper path toward answering their long frustration towards ameliorating their condition and that is what they will get.”

Oyegun said that the President had put the party in the front burner in the selection of his cabinet.

He assured that there would be no leadership crisis at the National Assembly (NASS) as the party was conscious of the fact that as a separate arm of the government, it would elect its own leaders.

Oyegun also assured that the party would provide a conducive environment for the NASS to select its leaders.

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Buhari Needs A Whole Year’s Budget To Clear Jonathan’s Mess – Oyegun

In order to make the country normal again to make for a smooth rebuilding process, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari will need N4.1 trillion, equivalent of a year’s budget.

According to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, the money will enable Buhari to offset outstanding salaries of workers at the federal and state levels, service debts incurred by the outgoing administration and also offset petrol subsidy payments already imported.

Oyegun said this during a two-day retreat for APC senators-elect in Abuja on Saturday. He lamented the state of the economy and urged Nigerians to show understanding since the expected change would not happen overnight.

“Make no mistake about it, the days ahead will be tough, and this is not crying wolf. From the first day of this government, a total of N4.1 trillion will be required for sundry expenses, including oil subsidy payment, arrears of salaries at federal and state levels and debt servicing, just to mention a few, ” Oyegun said.

He, however, assured Nigerians that with an APC government, things would surely get better.

“Bold decisions will need to be taken, and this can only be possible if there is a synergy among our party, the National Assembly and the President. We know you will not fail us, and you will not fail Nigerians,” he said.

“Put this against the background of the falling oil prices, the unprecedented $60-billion debt which the outgoing government has left for the incoming one, the largely depleted Excess Crude Account (ECA), the $60 billion that have been lost in the last four years to crude oil theft (and which are perhaps still being lost as we speak), the need to rapidly create jobs for our teeming army of unemployed youths, enhance the security of the citizenry and improve the economy, and you will begin to understand the enormity of the challenges ahead.

“This is not a lamentation forum, but still, we must tell ourselves the truth about the state of the nation, and the expectations of our people.

“In fact, to a number of our compatriots, by May 30, a day after the swearing in of our president-elect, all the streets in Nigeria will be air conditioned while electricity will become stable and fuel scarcity will be a thing of the past.

“You, our senators-elect, will be called upon to take extraordinary actions to address the extraordinary challenges that confront our nation.

“The incoming president, more than anyone else, needs the support and cooperation of the Eighth national assembly to fulfil his campaign promises to Nigerians.

“You may be required to pass important bills at very short notices. This will not be unprecedented but will require a buy-in to the programmes of the president and the party and willingness to work with him and the party for the benefit of all Nigerians. The demands on you will be tasking, but you are up to the task!

“Fortunately we have the numbers, even though we believe that a bipartisan effort – to which we are open – will be a better deal. And there is good news! You, our Senators-elect, share in the dreams of the President and our party to make our country great again.

“May I also remind you that all eyes will be on our party – and by extension on all of you – to see if our government will walk its talk in terms of running a lean and effective government, one that eschews waste, corruption and indiscipline, and one that will harness the nation’s human, material and natural resources for the well being of the people,” Oyegun said.

We Almost Issued Obasanjo An APC Membership Card – Oyegun

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman has revealed that Nigeria’s main opposition party deliberated upon issuing former president of the country, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo a membership card.

He revealed this at the 87th birthday celebration of Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Thursday. He said APC had thought of issuing Obasanjo a membership card after he tore his PDP membership card but decided to allow the man enjoy his new status of elder statesman.

“My president, my boss, someone I admire and later became my friend. Somebody was tearing his card sometimes ago, leaders of our great party, APC hurriedly sat and said we should issue him our card but we decided against it. He has now become truly father of Nigeria. We will be demeaning him if we went to him and say here is APC card.

“You have done APC a very great good by leaving the PDP because we all know your worth and what you are up to. Now that you remain an elder statesman with no political party attach to you, you know our presidential candidate very well, you know what he stands for, you know what he can do and not do,” Oyegun said.

“Now, a father, a non-partisan leader, first of its kind in the history of this country, one who we can all run to for advice. He is a kind of man that if he tells you well done, just go home and relax because if you have not done well, he will tell you to go to hell.

“Your Excellency Sir, if you can recollect, what I predicted over 20 years ago, it is now coming to reality. I told you then that you are the only leader everybody in this country will want to listen to. You should agree with me that, we all love you but you know where you are facing, where you are heading to and today and we are proud to have be part of this historic birthday for a great man who came from this side of the continent,” he noted.

APC Tasks Police To Fish Out Those Behind Raid On Chairman’s House

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cried out over the safety of its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and his family.

The APC raised the alarm today after unknown invaders raided the Abuja home of the APC National Chairman in the early hours of the day.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Lagos said the party was hoping that a police investigation will unravel what happened, adding that it is either those who attacked the residence at 1.30 am were robbers or assassins.

The statement revealed that Chief Oyegun was away attending a previously unscheduled meeting in Abuja when the invaders struck but his wife, who was at home at the time the invaders came, was deeply traumatized by the raid.

“The facts of the raid as available so far point to a sinister motive. For example, only Chief Oyegun’s room was ransacked in the whole house. Common sense dictates that if the invaders were robbers, they would have ransacked the whole house in search of money and other valuables which they might have believed were in the residence

“The invaders, two burly men, removed the window burglar bars to gain access to the residence from the back, and then made straight for the bedroom of our national chairman. Police security was in place at the residence when the incident happened,” APC said.

Mohammed said though the party does not know who was behind the raid, it is believed that the angry rhetoric and vitriolic personality attacks directed at the opposition by the leadership of the PDP and their Spokespersons have heightened tension, putting the lives of opposition politicians at risk ahead of the elections.

BREAKING: Gunmen Attack APC Chairman, Oyegun In Abuja

Latest reports coming in from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, inform that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) national chairman, Chief John Oyegun has been robbed by gunmen.

It was gathered that Oyegun’s residence in Abuja was raided in the early hours of Monday by yet unknown invaders.

According to a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party stated that while it is hoping that a police investigation will unravel what happened, it is either those who attacked the residence at 1.30 am are robbers or assassins.

The statement disclosed that Chief Oyegun was away attending a previously unscheduled meeting in Abuja when the invaders struck.

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Unlike Jonathan, APC Will Not Tolerate Corruption – Oyegun

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party would fight corruption with every resource and vehemence that it could muster, if voted into power next year.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

Declaring corruption as “evil”, he said the party would promote personal integrity, government integrity and national integrity.

He said since independence, Nigeria had experienced varying degrees of corruption to the extent that it had been one of the recurring reasons for change of national leadership.

He noted that in spite of strong public disapproval of corruption, the cancer of corruption had continued to spread.

The APC national chairman said in the last 16 years, corruption had grown exponentially to the point that the world had come to stigmatize Nigeria and Nigerians as synonymous with corruption.

“Our national institutions have been compromised and the continued survival of the country is threatened,” he said.

“The operation of the national budget and the maintenance of the military forces have been so severely compromised by corruption that national development and security have been massively undermined under the Jonathan administration of the last six years.

“Using the corruption perception index {cpi} of Transparency international, Nigeria has maintained a score in the range of 25 percent and ranked amongst the bottom level of corrupt countries deteriorating from a bad score of 27 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2013.”

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said evidence of widespread and rampant corruption abounds in the nation’s everyday life.

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