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Oyegun ignores sabotage allegation in reply to Tinubu, expresses support instead

Oyegun succumbs, quits chairmanship race

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has responded to the strongly-worded letter of Bola Tinubu, APC’s national leader, in which he accused him of sabotage, ignoring the allegation and expressing his faith in Tinubu and “fullest” support on his reconciliation assignment.

In Tinubu’s letter to Oyegun, he lamented that Oyegun had taken it as a “personal ambition to thwart my presidential assignment” in some key states including Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa which the chairman acknowledged were places where serious party issues strained relations and alliances.

He then accused Oyegun, thus, “Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of APC”.

But in his response on Friday, Oyegun said, “I thank you for your letter dated February 21, 2018, for your prayers and good wishes for my health. I wish you the same and pray that our good God keeps you strong and grants you His peace,” Oyegun wrote in the letter dated February 23.

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“Let me once again formally congratulate you on the peacemaking assignment Mr. President has entrusted you with.

“It is most challenging but I believe you will ultimately justify the confidence reposed in you by Mr President. In this, you have my fullest support.”

Oyegun sent copies of the letters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives.

Oyegun had earlier met the president behind closed doors at the presidential villa.

On Thursday, Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, had reacted to Tinubu’s letter, stating that governors of the APC had confidence in Oyegun.

Bello, who said this while speaking with state house correspondents, noted that while he backed the reconciliatory efforts spearheaded by Tinubu, some erring party members ought to be disciplined.

“We the governors and the majority of APC members have confidence in our national chairman, Chief John Oyegun,” he said.

“We also believe in the president by appointing Bola Tinubu, our leader to reconcile some aggrieved members of our party. However, one size fits all will not work in all the states where some erring members need to be disciplined.”

 

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