The centre can no longer hold for two chieftains of The All Progressives Congress, (APC). Precisely, this is between National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
So bad is the situation that a statement was issued by Tinubu’s media office last Sunday accusing Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo State by overriding the decision of the appeal panel which asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used for the exercise was tampered with.
Tinubu’s outburst came as Michael Olusegun Abraham, an aspirant for the governorship ticket of the APC in Ondo State expressed disappointment at Oyegun on account of the emergence of a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as candidate.
While reacting to the emergence of Akeredolu, Tinubu had observed that “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.
The animosity between Tinubu and Oyegun has divided the party. While majority of the members of the party are corroborated Tinubu’s submission and want the party chairman to resign as directed by Tinubu others are of the view that Oyegun should be given the free hand to operate.
Source informed National WAVES that Tinubu was so peeved at the development that he ordered Oyegun to resign with immediate effect.
Oyegun has not uttered a word over the statement issued by Tinubu. National WAVES gathered that he was advised by top members of the party not to respond to the allegation instead Oyegun sought audience with President Muhammudu Buhari and request he intervened and call Tinubu to order.