APC fires back at Oyegun, says he’s to blame for current problems

John Odigie-Oyegun APC chairman

All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied its immediate past national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of creating the problems which the current chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is grappling with.

APC in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said Odigie-Oyegun was responsible for widespread indiscipline across party ranks.

Odigie-Oyegun had on Sunday criticised Oshiomhole saying that the APC national chairman was running the party like an ‘agbero’.

Mr Onilu said members who are not comfortable with the reforms going on in the party are free to join opposition parties.

“The leadership under Chief Oyegun, with due respect to him, condoned all sorts of acts of indiscipline from certain members. It is not surprising that the current National Working Committee inherited such a huge mess, where the party was struggling to differentiate itself from the delinquent PDP.

“We all know that PDP was practically dead following the devastating defeat of 2015. The PDP bounced back not because the party has changed its insidious way or did anything different, but because APC did not live up to expectations.

“It goes without saying that when an organisation is unable to enforce its own rules, it would suffer the consequences sooner than later. We should not be ashamed to say that our party’s leadership under Chief Oyegun lacked the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party’s rules” Issa-Onilu said.

The APC spokesman said the next three years would be very important as APC under Oshiomhole would continue to “strengthen compliance with the rules, build support structures for democracy, ensure discipline across board, and deliver good governance for the benefits of all Nigerians.”

He also knocked party members who are calling for Oshiomhole’s resignation.