The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has knocked its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, describing him as incompetent.
The Lagos APC, stated this in a statement by its spokesperson, Joe Igbokwe, while reacting to a statement by Oyegun over the Ondo State APC governorship primary that has been causing crisis in the party.
According to the statement, Chief Oyegun showed his incompetence as the national chairman of the party with his handling of the governorship primary in Ondo State.
Igbokwe, in the statement, also accused Odigie-Oyegun of placing his personal interest above that of the majority members of the party by allegedly sidetracking the views of other members of the APC National Working Committee, which reviewed the controversial primary.
The Lagos APC also alleged that Oyegun manipulated the process in favour of his preferred candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, against the position of the majority of the APC NWC members who voted for the cancellation of the primary that produced Akeredolu as the party’s governorship candidate in Ondo State.
The statement reads in part: “Odigie-Oyegun approved the use of the tampered delegates’ list. Odigie-Oyegun unilaterally submitted the name of Akeredolu as the party’s candidate, although according to his admission, no vote was held.
“The four-day meeting of the NWC was called specifically to discuss the flawed Ondo primary. Yet, Odigie-Oyegun’s claimed that for nearly a week, he did not table a vote for the NWC to clearly decide whether the NWC would attach its official stamp to the flawed primary or reject it.
“Based on his own words, either Odigie-Oyegun admits to being grossly incompetent as a chairman of a national party that he could not steer the NWC to a simple vote, or that he was engaged in a game of subterfuge that would not permit a straightforward yes-or-no vote on the central issue.
“If you read Oyegun’s statement, he said that an NWC member (who he did name), mentioned some collateral decision taken by the NWC.
“Odigie-Oyegun said the implication of that prior decision meant that the NWC wanted the primary to stand as it is. Thus, he took it upon himself and ruled to uphold the primary’s result”, the statement said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…..
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