Edo Assembly Crisis, Reflection Of Immature Politics, Says Odigie-Oyegun

APC Ex-Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun


The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, says the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly is a reflection of immature politics.

Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke to journalists in Benin, criticised the National Assembly’s order directing Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation of the state’s parliament.

He noted that while President Muhammadu Buhari’s office is sovereign, the office of the state governor is sovereign and should be treated as such.

According to the APC chieftain, anyone who treats the governor with disdain is indirectly questioning the legitimacy of the people on him.

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“Our politics has to start maturing. Our politics has to start being civilised. Our politics has to move from killings, maiming, thuggery and the rest of it.

“Our politics has to move to a stage where you can differ with somebody and state the good reasons for differing. I don’t think it has ever happened in this country that the National Assembly will issue instructions to a sovereign government.

“People don’t seem to realise it, there are two sovereignties. We have the President who represents the sovereignty of this nation and the governor reflects the sovereignty of the state,” he said.

Odigie-Oyegun also advised APC leaders to stop heating up the polity with unguarded utterances, stressing that anyone who doesn’t want the governor for a second term can do that through the ballot in the party’s primaries.

You’re A Beacon Of Progressive Values, President Buhari Praises Oyegun At 79

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari and former APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday felicitated with the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Odigie-Oyegun as he marked his 79th birthday.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President described Oyegun as a patriotic Nigerian, who personifies the meaning of a progressive in letter and in spirit.

“President Buhari recalls that throughout Chief Oyegun’s distinguished career as a civil servant, first civilian Governor of Edo State, pro-democracy activist and the first elected National Chairman of the APC, whose leadership was instrumental to the advent of the Change government in 2015.

“He stood out as a beacon of progressive values and principles embodied in change, reforms and intense commitment to the good of the nation,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari, therefore, prayed that God grants the celebrant more years of good health and fulfilment “to see a nation where positive change, in all facets of our national lives, is a reality for all”.

APC Congratulates New PDP National Chairman

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File Photo: John Odigie-Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the new national Chairman and other newly-elected officials of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chairman of the ruling party, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in a statement on Tuesday congratulating Prince Uche Secondus on his election at the PDP’s recent National Convention expressed hope that the newly-elected Chairman will use his experience garnered over the years to ensure that the PDP assumes its role as a responsible opposition party in the country.

“Our Party wholeheartedly welcome opposition because we believe that democracy cannot thrive without a vibrant but responsible opposition that puts the nation first.  This will often challenge you to balance partisan interests with overall national considerations,” the statement read in part.

He assured the PDP National Chairman of the willingness of APC to engage him in an atmosphere devoid of acrimony and rancour.

Odigie-Oyegun in the statement said he believes that working together with the APC can both elevate the language and temper of politics in Nigeria, thereby providing the enabling environment for democracy to thrive in the country.

This congratulatory message by the APC is coming two days after the APC criticised the outcome of the national convention of the PDP, describing it as abnormal.

Shortly after the polls, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Bolaji Abdulllahi in a statement on Sunday said the party sees the convention as being rigged and that the exercise exposed the opposition party as a platform with corruption in its DNA.

The PDP in swift reaction noted that the attack by the APC was simply because the APC has outrightly been rejected by Nigerians and is now “clutching on straws for survival.

I’m Not Under Any Pressure To Resign – Osinbajo

I’m Not Under Any Pressure To Resign – Osinbajo Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says he is not under any pressure from any quarter to resign.

Professor Osinbajo stated this after a closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun at the Presidential Villa.

The Vice President maintained that having been elected on the same ticket with President Buhari, there is no need to think of resignation.

“I’m absolutely under no pressure to resign. In any event, I was voted for by the people of this nation – myself and Mr President, and the people of this nation have not asked us to resign.

“So I have absolutely no pressure whatsoever and the truth is that there have been absolutely no pressure whatsoever from any source asking me to resign,” he said amidst laughter.

Buhari’s Health Status

Professor Osinbajo also said that he had a lengthy telephone conversation with President Buhari earlier in the day and briefed him about the national economic plan to get the country out of recession.

“Let me say that the President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a very long conversation.

“He was interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we had gone. As you know, we had a meeting today with the private sector on the economic recovery plan.

“Of course I informed him about some of what we are seeing – the protests, marches and all of that, some of the feedback and what people are saying about the economy.

“He is in good shape, he was very chatty and we had a good conversation this afternoon.”

Speaking on citizens’ demands for details of the President’s health status, Prof. Osinbajo corroborated an earlier statement by presidential spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, who said that only the President can reveal such details.

“I think that the health status of Mr President is a fact or issue that only Mr President himself will be able to discuss at the appropriate time.

“Again, he is running tests and before you determine your health status you must be able to say ‘this is my health status’.

“If I’m running tests; doing some routine and some that my doctors have asked me to do, then surely I must await the outcome of that before I talk about any kind of status,” he said.

Ondo APC Group Rejects State’s Ambassadorial Nominee

Ondo APC Group Rejects State's Ambassadorial NomineeThe nomination of Mr Igbekele Daudu as non-career ambassador from Ondo State has been rejected by a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The group, Movement Against Imposition (MAI) alleged that Igbekele Daudu worked for the Alliance for Democracy in the last governorship election.

The Coordinator of the group in the State, Austin Pelemo, while addressing a press briefing in Akure, the state capital said President Mohammadu Buhari, party leader, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the party must intervene in the issue.

Pelemo said: “A man that is known across the state to be a member of Alliance for Democracy can never be allowed to take a position that is meant for members of the APC.

“It is an act that must be resisted by all members of the APC in the state.

“A name came up yesterday as an ambassadorial designate from Ondo state, Jacobs Daudu. We later got to know that he is the same Igbekele Daudu, as we speak , Mr. Igbekele Daudu is not a member of the APC in the state” Pelemo said.

A leader of the group, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye alleged that Igbekele was involved in anti–party activities during the last governorship election in the state.

Yusuf said: “I am a member of the State Executive Committee of this party, Jacobs Daudu joined our great party one week to the presidential election, after serving six years in Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration.

“After the party primary, the man left for the AD, when President Buhari came here to canvass for vote for our governor–elect, Igbekele Daudu was with Olusola Oke canvassing for votes for him.

“We realized that there must be discipline in our party and that Jacob Daudu must be disciplined for anti-party activities and not that he should be compensated.

“In APC, we want to demonstrate to the whole world that we have discipline and that is why we will not allow this Igbekele’s nomination to stand.

“We are now appealing to the President, a man of discipline and high integrity, a leader of the party Muhammadu Buhari. We are also appealing to the National Chairman of our party, John Odigie Oyegun, National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the three Senators from Ondo State not to encourage indiscipline in our party”.

Ministerial List: Group Protest Nomination Of Lai Mohammed

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APC National Publicity Secretary and ministerial nominee, Lai Mohammed.

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara South, have kicked against the nomination of Lai Mohammed as ministerial nominee from Kwara State.

At a press conference in Ajase Ipo secretariat of the Kwara South zone of the party, the APC youth forum from Kwara South, alleged that Mr Mohammed is not a card-carrying member of the party in the state and has not contributed to the growth and welfare of party members.

The youth who gathered under the Coalition Groups of APC members from Kwara South on Friday, wondered how Mr Mohammed could be chosen to represent the state when he has not contributed anything to the welfare of members.

According to the spokesman of the group, Yinka Ayeni, President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to choose anybody to work with, but he wondered how somebody who has not contributed to the growth and success of the party could be chosen above others.

Also, at the party’s secretariat in Ilorin, the group, led by another Leader, David Omokanye, alleged that Mr Mohammed belongs to Lagos State politically rather than Kwara State.

They urged the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie Oyegun, to convey their grievances to the National Assembly and ensure that Mr Mohammed is not screened, since he does not represent the majority of the people of Kwara state.

Responding while receiving the letter of protest, the State’s Chairman of the APC, Ishola Fulani, affirmed that President Buhari has the constitutional right to appoint anyone to work with, but he was silent on whether or not he would forward their protest letter to the appropriate quarters.

Reacting to the petition of the group, Alhaji Lai Mohammed told Channels Television “that some members of the group are new in the party and may be ignorant of how instrumental I was to the success of the APC merger and the role I played in consolidating the progress of the progressive party in the state.

Mr Mohammed added that, “I returned actively to Kwara in 2002 and ran for governor in 2003 and subsequently been supportive of the party’s candidates both at the legislative and governorship levels. I think these people are new members of our party who may be ignorant of my antecedent in the party.”|

Bayelsa Governorship Primary: APC Fixes September 29th For Fresh Primaries

John-OyegunThe National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cancelled the controversial Bayelsa State primaries in which former governor, Timiprye Sylva emerged flag bearer and fixed Tuesday the 29th for fresh primaries to be conducted.

The National Chairman of the Party, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, told journalists after the committee’s meeting on Monday that they decided to cancel the controversial primaries after prolonged discussions and anyone against that decision including the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timiprye Sylva, may challenge it in court.

This leaves the party with barely 24 hours before the deadline of Wednesday the 30th of September when it must submit to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the name of its candidate for the governorship election in the state coming up on December the 5th.