I WAS NOT INTIMIDATED BY BUHARI OR OSHIOMHOLE’S SUPPORTERS TO STEP DOWN-OYEGUN

 

E.I. Ihegwuruike

 

All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said he would not seek re-election for the party’s chairmanship position, stating that the decision was for the interest of the party.

 

The APC national chairman stated that the interest should be for the preservation of the soul of the party and not for the individual interest. According to him, he was not in any way intimidated out of the race by the support of the President Muhammad Buhari for the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, but for the unity of the party.

 

He also said the best that could have happened to the party was the tenure elongation that was granted to the executives of the party at all levels before it was changed by President Buhari. Speaking further, Odigie- Oyegun said:

 

“Now that the Convention Committee has invited interested aspirants to obtain forms to contest into the various national positions in our party, it has become necessary for me to state my position.

 

“I have consulted widely with my family, friends and associates. Even though, I had the desire to re-contest as the National Chairman of the party, I have decided that it is ultimately in the best interest of the party for me to withdraw from the race.”

 

He said he took the decision without prejudice to his commitment to the party in helping solve some of the subsisting and emerging difficult issues and “my ability to continue to provide necessary leadership.” Speaking further, he said: “I believe that the party faces difficult days ahead, and all critical stakeholders in its leadership would be required to bind together for a common purpose.

 

Therefore, the less contentious our national convention is, the better for the party. “I have always sought to be part of solving the problem of APC. I do not intend to be part of the problem for APC to solve. It is for this reason that I hereby declare that I will not be seeking re-election as the National Chairman of the APC.”

 

 

FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH

 

 

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