Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has labeled the All Progressives Congress national, John Odigie-Oyegun, as a virus in his party and said he lacked moral right to speak on good governance.
The governor said this in response to media reports quoting Odigie-Oyegun as saying that Obiano should “write his handing over notes and start preparing to vacate office.”
The governor in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications, Oliver Okpala, lambasted the APC chairman, and called on the people of Anambra State not to listen to Odigie-Oyegun, who he said, has continued to be a failure starting from when he was Edo State governor.
He went further to say that Nigerians, more especially people of Anambra State must watch out and be prepared to oppose “any evil plot by the Oyegun-led APC to perpetrate rigging in the forthcoming election.”
The statement read in part, “This is a former governor who has no traceable achievement to his name as far as his tenure in Edo State is concerned. No one can recall any meaningful development recorded during Oyegun’s government in the state.
“It was also during his era that a very low level of governance was introduced to that state, a clear departure from the pragmatic and result-oriented leadership style of the likes of Prof. Ambrose Ali and Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, both of blessed memory.
“It was during Oyegun’s tenure that the song of ‘no money’ for projects became the regular cry in governance circle in Edo State. He could not think outside the box.
“Many Nigerians still remember that Oyegun also won the unenviable record of the governor during whose tenure Edo State recorded the lowest score in WASSCE. The records are there for all to see! So, what is a failed governor talking about when it comes to good governance?
“Indeed, Oyegun has no moral right to speak on the issue of good governance in Anambra State or any part of the country. If what we practice is a democracy then the will and wish of the people should be respected.
“Many Nigerians also know how he emerged as the national chairman of the party (APC). As we speak, the APC under his watch cannot hold meetings of its crucial organs. No wonder the APC is a house in disarray.”
According Okpala, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a leader of the APC statement on lack of internal democracy in the country’s political party system like the APC, “clearly shows that Oyegun is a virus in the APC , as he has foisted his regime of lack of internal democracy on the party.”
He further stated, “No wonder the party is seriously bleeding today, suffering from constant defections, lack of direction, and crass incompetence.
“The implication is that the party is heading for doom if Oyegun is not quickly removed. No wonder, a prime founder and leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his followers have since called for his removal.
“It is this weak leadership style that he wants to import into Anambra State. After all, what is his business with Anambra when he has not been able to put his own house in order?”
This attack on Odigie-Oyegun came just as the APC chairman also on Wednesday alleged that the PDP may have been responsible for the hate song preaching genocide against Ndigbo in the North and other hate speeches across the country, in their desperation to return to power.
Ironically, he has also been accused of causing tension in Anambra in his party’s desperation to win the coming governorship election in the state in November.
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