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REVEALED! Forces Behind Cracks In APC,.as Tinubu Says Oyegun Must Go

oyegun-and-tinubu2 Questions on the lips of many now are..(1) is Tinubu a bad loser. His candidate lost and he turned on Oyegun? (2) is this the beginning of the end of APC?….it seem like a case of… to your tents, o israel! …Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All progressives Congress (APC), has demanded the resignation of John Oyegun, national chairman of the party.

Tinubu made the demand in a detailed statement he released on Sunday night, following the controversies that heralded the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as candidate of the party in the Ondo state governorship election on September 3, after he polled a total of 699 votes — ahead of Olusegun Abraham, preferred candidate of Tinubu, who polled 635 votes.

Olusola Oke, another lawyer, came third with 536 votes, while Ajayi Boroffice, senator representing Ondo north, came fourth with 471 votes.

The victory appeared to have suffered a setback when the APC appeal committee  recommended rerun ,saying there were controversies about the delegates’ list.

However, the panel was overruled on wednesday , as the party forwarded Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate for the election, billed for November 26.

“The NWC struck out the report of the appeal committee which had earlier recommended the cancellation of the September 3 election,” Akeredolu said.

“The party’s apex decision making organ averred that Appeal Committee’s report was prejudicial and largely perfunctory as its decision was based on unsubstantiated allegations and spurious claims of electoral manipulations.”

For his alleged role in the manner of Akeredolu’s status, Tinubu has accused Oyegun of “safeguarding the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a greater fraud, arrogating to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party”.

He particularly said Oyegun tricked the party’s national working committee (NWC) into a prayer as the meeting neared its end, and “used the prayerful interlude” to secretly excuse himself from the meeting and submit Akeredolu’s name to INEC.

For this and many other alleged actions of fraud, Tinubu said: “To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time.

STORIES BEHIND THE STORY

  • This whole thing is between the 3 camps in APC….the Atiku/Saraki camp, Buhari/aso rock camp vs Tinubu!!
    Yes oyegun was helped to the position by Tinubu, but oyegun has jumped ship to the Atiku/Saraki side of APC! You could see he never clearly condemned saraki during the senate presidency election issue…

    All the money that Akeredolu spent was bankrolled by them…..and of cause Tinubu camp too spent money, but they were sabotaged by Oyegun`s help of the other side to tamper with the delegate list! As a result of that… Akeredolu was able to win! Finish!! This is the beginning of the end of APC….its starting ti seem like a case of to your tents, o israel!

  • If Oyegun refused to resign what will Tinubu do??
    Leave the party?
    Tinubu is fighting higher power which is Buhari, he was bounced from installing his puppets as Senate President & Speaker. He was sidelined from installing Faleke in Kogi, now Ondo has joined. Did he think Oyegun is trying him out?? No, Oyegun is just listening to the real party leader ‘Buhari’.

    He can cry as he like, Oyegun is going nowhere, after all Tinubu did similar stunt that produced Ambode

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        Defending Tinubu on election transparency is like defending a prostitute as a virgin. The furore of the house of rep and senate leadership elections, and Tinubu’s stand on the duly elected officers of both houses contradict his words here. He is a bad loser. His candidate lost and he turned on Oyegun to save face.

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        Excellent response!!
        Let the cogent issues be dealt with rather than chasing shadows! Was clinton not a president and is his wife today not running for president?? We as human being were nt made equal…the sooner we realise that, the better!

        Did the NWC vote 6-5 to rerun the primary?
        Did the appeal panel recommend the cancellation of the primary??
        Why have an appeal panel in the first case if its recommendation on the dispute will not be respected??

        If the list was tampered with as alleged, it would be natural justice to allow a rerun so that other aspirants wouldn’t have been cheated out.

        That election as it is may not be won by APC if the concerns if aggrieved party members are not addressed

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      That’s a 3rd world country for you my brother!

      Bola Tinubu is a hypocrite. He does as he pleases with Lagos State primaries. He wants to do same in Ondo State. The letter to Odigie Oyegun drips with so much sour grapes and bitterness. It carries a lot of disrespect and contempt for Oyegun as the APC chairman. You Tinubu had done worst things in the past. Your daughter is the Iyaloja of Lagos state after your mother is it hereditary. Your son in law is in the house of reps. Your wife in the senate. Na only you? Please keep quiet. You are not a democrat.

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    Hypocrisy!!! BISI AKANDE ON IMPOSITION AS CHAIRMAN IN TINUBU’S ACN anti-democratic handling of the party affairs.. -He admitted that imposition was the party’s style and said, ‘this is not a matter of an individual but the party. Nobody should accuse ACN of imposition because that is our style. Anyone that is not comfortable with that should go and contest in another party. Anyone carrying placard around is wasting his time.

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    I think since PDP elements decamped to APC , the same problem associated to PDP Will surely manifest in APC too very soon

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    When the rain falls, it is on both the righteous and the wicked.
    When the righteous hides the wicked shows up.

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    I commented before when I read the full communique issued by Tinubu that he has just publicly executed his party chairman.
    Mind You, this is the same chairman he installed on the party against chief Tom Ikimi also from Edo state that made the later to seek pasture in the PDP.
    The APC is unravelling before our eyes.
    The opposition PDP is nowhere to be seen.
    The affairs of state is drifting along without a compass.
    Where’s the NBA? Where’s the NUS? Where’s the NLC?
    The political and social economic set back our country will experience in the next thirty months under this APC will be more than ten years of stagnation in real terms.

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    I think it will not be long to send both APC and PDP packing from Nigeria. What you see happening to both parties is power struggle between those who think they own the parties and those they (the so called owners) put in place to run the affairs of the parties with both sidetrackiing the people (party members) in the process of dominating the party structure. I think the time is ripe for the members to topple these peoples’ stranglehold on the parties. We would soon herald their nunc dimintz Adieu the hotch porch parties of convenience that are not democratic parties in the first place. .

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    Asiwaju Tinibu – it seems the chickens have come home to roost. The Undemocratic activities that had been sowed into ACN primaries of old and carried over into APC primaries of tthe present day; have come back to hit APC very hard. I pity Nigerians- this nation has got a ‘bad luck’ in being foisted with charlatans as leaders. May the good Lord helps us out quickly.

THE FULL STATEMENT

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. In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few naira. The party was supposed to buttress APC members elected to government at all levels. Because of Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it was meant to help.

Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo State primacy will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order. In early September, the state primary was held. A purported winner was named. Having faith in the ways of the party, Tinubu publicly accepted what he assumed to be a verdict honestly derived. As a democrat, one must face the possibility of defeat and accept such as outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory. One of the few bright spots during the conduct of the primaries was Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar

He chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list had been slipped into the process.
Indeed within hours of the announcement, news began to filter in that gravely disturbed me. Credible allegations of fraud troubled the waters. The delegate list had been materially altered by someone in a strategic position to so do. The names of over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors. This was not a clerical error. The alteration was willfully executed that the primary would be directed toward a chosen end that bore nothing in common with the will of most state party members. A cunning few had tried to deceive the many into believing they were outnumbered.

A conspiracy to steal the Ondo primary had been uncovered. Fortunately, the grand deception afoot had been unable to cover its tracks fast enough. Truth began to cry for justice.

Several candidates filed petitions contesting the result. The party established an investigative board to review the evidence. In a two to one decision, the panel found the delegate roster had suffered tampering. The panel recommended that a new primary should be held using the valid delegate list. This recommendation was tabled before the National Working Committee (NWC).

After many hours of deliberations spanning several days, a final vote was held by the NWC. Before hand, NWC members agreed that the decision of the majority would become the stance of the party. Such is the way of democracy. The NWC voted six against five to cancel the fraudulent results and hold an honest primary. For a moment, it seemed the party would restore its integrity by giving democracy a chance. However, those who sought to scam an entire state would not let the vote of 11 people spoil their enterprise.

After the NWC vote, a noticeably agitated Chairman Oyegun proposed the NWC engage in prayer before concluding the meeting. Adhering to this chairman’s request, NWC members began to pray. Seeing that the others had taken his bait, Oyegun used the prayerful interlude to secretly excuse himself from the meeting. Contravening the NWC decision and in violation of all rules of fundamental decency, Oyegun decided to safeguard the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a greater fraud. Oyegun arrogated to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party.

Truth has finally come to light. There exists a regressive element in the party that cares nothing for the progressive ideas upon which this party was founded. They joined the APC because it was the best ride available at the time. Now they want to guide the party into the ditch. They want to turn the party into a soulless entity incapable of doing good, just like they are. When such a person tastes power, they shed all good restraint. They come to abuse the trust given them as if they are the owners of that trust and not its mere custodians. These people did little to build the party but now will do much to wreck it.

Such a man is Oyegun and those who conspired with him to sabotage justice and democracy in Ondo. Our party was to stand for change. Oyegun and his fellows seem to be on a different wave length. They are the cohort of Unchange. The APC wants to guide Nigeria into a better tomorrow. Oyegun and the cohort of unchange want to pull Nigeria back into the past where rigging and vote stealing were the old and new testaments of politics. They want the people to think that there is no alternative to their reactionary system of skewed politics and imperious government. Thus, they seek to turn the APC into a factory of the very political malpractices the people soundly rejected in the past election. To choke the APC in this manner is to kill the chance for progressive reform for the foreseeable future. Much more than the Ondo primary is at stake. Oyegun has revealed his team’s game plan: It is the destruction of progressive politics and governance on behalf of the people.

As party chairman, Oyegun was supposed to protect our internal processes and be an impartial arbiter, a person in whom all had confidence. Instead, he donned the garment of a confident man, duping the NWC, the party, and INEC in one fell blow. He has robbed APC members in Ondo State of the chance to pick in a fair manner who they believe is the best candidate.

As such, he has broken faith with the party and probably has broken a few laws. The consequences of what he has done are more expansive than a man of his scope can fathom. There must is a powerful and sinister arm at work to compel a man of Oyegun’s age to steal the decision of the party in a manner so crude that it would embarrass even the commonest thief.

With strong expectation, we await a response to Oyegun’s wrongdoing from those who clamored so long and loudly about Tinubu’s alleged role in the Ondo primary.

Leading into the primary, a prominent lawyer from Ondo published lengthy missives alleging that Tinubu was a malicious hand intent on rigging the primary. His letters spoke of his great love for democracy and justice. Though Oyegun has assaulted democracy in a most public and vulgar way, this lawyer’s prolific pen will remain stilled. He dare not publish a word about this travesty. His silence will be sign for all who care to decipher its meaning.

The plan was to point the accusing finger at Tinubu. With everyone focused on Tinubu, they would have distracted all attention from the heist they had set in motion. As fate would have it, the trickery they hoped to conduct in the shadows has come to light.

Thus, Oyegun was forced to undertake his desperate fraud in broad daylight in order to salvage the wrong initiated under the lamp of darkness. Those who so actively attributed imaginary wrong to Tinubu now stand dumb and mute in the face of confirmed impropriety. They remain silent for reasons they cannot divulge. Oyegun and his ilk turn out to be gangsters adorned in the tunic of party authority.
Oyegun has engaged in the strange math where five is greater than six. This smacks of how the PDP conducted its affairs and orchestrated its own downfall. Tinubu disparaged such malpractice when it was not in his party. Tinubu surely disowns it now that it has invaded the party he helped bring to fruition.

Tinubu has consciously refused to hold any official position with the party to avoid the perception that he was trying to control all and sundry. Tinubu has even kept his peace for some time despite many things that happened within the party that were not quite right. He exercised this forbearance because the party is young. A collective endeavor cannot avoid the mistakes and errors of organizational newness and evolution.

Yet, the wrongs Oyegun committed had nothing to do with newness or the mistakes occasioned by the path of reform. His actions are in the nature of the old wrongs that have afflicted our national politics much too long. If Oyegun wants to walk backward into the past, he has every right to it. However, he has no right to drag the party or any of us with him. Against our choosing.

The informal title of national leader of the party was given to Tinubu at the onset which he accepted it as a sign from those who wished to recognize my contributions to the party’s formation. It is an honorific title which he has been proud to wear until today. I would rather not have any title yet reside in a party that honors democracy than hold a title in a party that says it honors me but that treats justice with indecency. I find greater honor and comfort where democracy and fairness are found and respected.

Oyegun has done the irredeemable. His coup is an insult to party and to patriot, to reason and to the reform agenda of this government. To remain silent would be to admit the defeat of the reform and progressive change many have labored to bring forth. While the forces resistant to change and reform are strong, Tinubu dare not submit to them. Tinubu encourages all party members not to submit to them. If we acquiesce in this wrong, the one greater than this shall cascade upon us.

Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake. On the chopping block, lies the future of the political party in which the majority of voters had placed their confidence. To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time. If Tinubu is to choose between John Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.

Tinubu Media Office, TMO.

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