Oyegun: True Example Of A Patriot, Democrat – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in congratulating Chief John Odigie Oyegun on his 80th birthday, describing him as true example of a patriot and democrat.

President Buhari in a statement on Sunday congratulated Chief Oyegun on the milestone, which has been highlighted with memories of great achievements like turning a Permanent Secretary at the age of 30, winning a gubernatorial election in early 50s, and providing visionary leadership to unseat an incumbent government for the first time in Nigeria’s history.

The President said that the former chairman of All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP) and APC set a standard for consistency, honesty and integrity in Nigeria’s politics as he championed building of strong democratic institutions, and promoted the virtue of looking beyond elections and positions to growing and unifying the nation for posterity.

“As an active participant in Nigeria’s political development and governance for many years, President Buhari believes Chief Oyegun’s depth of wisdom, maturity, tolerance and penchant for always putting the interest of the nation above self should serve as a lesson to both old and younger political actors, that the greatest investment for building a nation is personal sacrifice,” the statement read.

The President rejoiced with family members, friends and associates of the former governor of Edo State as he turns an octogenarian, praying that God will give the elder statesman good health and strength to keep serving the nation and humanity.

PDP Is Dead And Buried – Oyegun

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State is dead and buried.

The National Chairman warned the APC in Katsina not to give anybody a single vote apart from the APC, come 2019 elections.

“We have a President who is single-minded, focused, determined and has rebuilt the foundation of the nation destroyed by the PDP”.

He made this known in Katsina while receiving hundreds of thousands of decampees from major opposition parties across the three senatorial districts of Katsina state, the rally witnessed the attendance of high ranking persons from the three senatorial districts which are Katsina, Daura and Funtua Central Senatorial Districts of the state.

The Decampees from across different political opposition parties in Katsina state among which are former chairmen, former councillors and chieftains have relinquished their respective positions from their respective political parties.

In an interview with the decampees’ leader, Senator Ibrahim Ida, he described his being in the PDP as a mistake.

He says he was convinced of the need to embrace the truth and that the APC is the best party of today to join.

The efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari, to turning around the misfortunes of Nigeria to fortune, like fighting corruption, insurgency, terrorism and kidnapping all because of the common man are some of the initiatives which impressed the decampees.

They equally believe that from 1960 to 2015 non of either the military or civilian leader introduced interventions and support for the weak, old and the young more than Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari’s Meeting With APC Leaders In Photos

Buhari’s Meeting With APC Leaders In PhotosPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting was attended by the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

It also had in attendance by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.

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Buhari Meets With Tinubu, Saraki, APC Chieftains

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in Abuja.

The meeting between the President and the party leader held on Monday at the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Tinubu said there was no friction between him and the President.

He also denied allegations that a cabal exists in the Buhari administration, saying he has confidence in the leadership of the President.

APC national leader Bola Tinubu briefs reporters after meeting with President Buhari

President Buhari also met with the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

Also in attendance include the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, as well as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

 

More to follow…

Removing Oyegun Not Solution To APC Crisis – Moniedafe

Removing Oyegun Not Solution To APC Crisis - Moniedafe
Mr. Moniedafe

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Sunny Moniedafe, says removing the national chairman of the party will not in any way solve the crisis rocking the party.

Moniedafe stated his on Sunday during his appearance on Channels Television’s weekend political programme.

“That would be a mistake if you remove the leadership of the party right now,” he said. “It would be a big mistake because we know we have challenges.”

“But the leadership right now is surmounting them one after the other. Now, two wrongs don’t make a right. If you claim that the current leadership is not doing right, removing him is not the solution,” he added.

The APC chieftain, who is a former FCT chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, believes party crisis is an issue that should be resolved internally and not brought to the public glare.

He said, “I tell you that if you are a party leader, you don’t bring out the dirty linen of the party in public. You find a way to resolve it internally. That should not dictate the mood of any other person.”

“We have challenges, we must agree that these challenges are there and they are surmountable. One way not to solve it is to try to remove the leadership because before you stabilise, there would have been more damage. So I appeal with anybody who has issues to please calm down,” he added.

Anambra Election: Osinbajo, Oyegun, Attend APC Governorship Campaign

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday flagged off the governorship campaign in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital.

In attendance were the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye, the Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Governor of Bauchi and leader of the campaign committee, Mohammad Abubakar, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Kaduna Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong amongst other dignitaries.

All members of the committee called on citizens of the state to join hands and support the APC candidate and ensure his wins the polls, come November 18, 2017.

The candidate, Tony Nwoye also pledged to develop the state and make life easier for the residents, if elected into office.

Nigeria Will Not Break Up, Says Odigie-Oyegun

Nigeria Will Not Breakup, Says Odigie-Oyegun
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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, says Nigeria will not breakup, against the backdrop of recent agitations and issues bordering on the country’s unity.

“My message is to our people nationwide,” Odigie-Oyegun said in his address at an event to mark his 78th birthday on Saturday evening in Abuja.

“The pride that you feel when you walk out and say you are a Nigerian, backed up by 170 million people and hopefully backed up by an economy that will bring us back to growth, to stability, to development.

“The pride that each and every one will feel is greater than the attempt to disintegrate us into tiny, mini-republics; that will not happen,” he added.

The APC chairman said while the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was acutely aware of the challenges faced by citizens, the current administration remained solidly focused on the task of building a new foundation for the country and delivering on election promises to the electorate.

“Yes, these are very challenging times, no question about it,” he admitted, adding “the foundation of our nation is being rocked very greatly.”

“We promised change but quite frankly, change of the immediacy that we promised has inevitably run against the kind of fightback that we are having today.”

“I think to emphasise that because of the kind of President that we have; because we have a man who is thoroughly ingrained in due process and insists on due process; because we have a man as a President who insists on fairness; who insists that justice must be given its due place. Everything must take place according to due process.

“The powers of darkness are taking advantage of this to fight back in such a massive way that they are beginning to threaten the very foundations of our nation. But let me say this with all the emphasis at my command that change there must be, this nation will stay united!” he said.

Odigie-Oyegun informed that the Federal Government was painstakingly building a new and diversified economic foundation based on production and not a wholly oil-dependent one.

He also described the economic foundation of President Buhari’s administration as “a foundation that will propel this nation to greatness; a foundation that is destined to make us, truly the first, the largest and the most potent black nation on the face of the earth.”

“Yes, it has caused pains; yes, it has caused stresses. Yes, there is a bit of hunger in the land, people are grumbling, no question about that.

“But if you need to eat an omelette, it is inevitable, you have to break the egg,” the APC chairman added.

APC’s Priority Is Not Restructuring But Fixing The Economy – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Oyegun has said that the priority of the APC is not restructuring but to fix the economy, provide jobs and hope for the youths of country.

He said that fixing of the economy is a matter of priority and not a situation.

“What is more important? To fix the economy or embark on political issues and the different interpretations that the public give to it?

“We are committed to the economy and it says it all in the manifesto”.

Mr Oyegun made this known while speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Biafra Agitation

Speaking on if the people of Biafra will get their referendum, My Oyegun said that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has “forcefully” been addressing the matter and the demands of these youths.

He said discussions are taking place “under the screen and very soon the nation will come out with answers to these problems”.

He noted that demand of the Biafra people to get their own country “is the most unlikely thing and their demand will not go far”.

The explained that Nigeria has not gotten to the stage of giving referendum and the basis on which they are demanding for it is violent.

“What is happening now in that region is intimidation, threat, so you really don’t know what the people think”.

“There is Anambra election coming up soon , let the people speak, we are in democracy we cannot operate the way they want us to, there must be a conversation and confrontation”.

He emphasised that a lot of conversations have been ongoing behind the screen .

State Of Buhari’s Health

Mr Oyegun said that the doctors report concerning President Muhammadu Buhari’s health is good and the president is recovering well.

This is following the recent report by the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose that the president is on life support.

“The reports we have from the doctors are very good, his recovering very strongly” he added.

Oyegun Is Incompetent – Timi Frank

timi-frankThe Deputy National Publicity Secretary, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, says the party is not speaking in one voice due to lack of unity and internal crisis.

He clearly stated that the party was not supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, as much as it should, due to an “incompetent leadership” that can stand and support the President’s idea on corruption.

“As at today, I can clearly tell you that because of the internal wrangling, the party is not doing enough.

“It is a very big problem. Until we put our acts together or have a competent national chairman that can put everybody together, then I can tell you as a party we should be able to support the president on the fight against corruption.

“As at today I can tell you clearly the party is not doing anything.”

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Frank insisted that the party was in crisis.

Factions in APC

Mr Frank declined giving details in clear basics about the factions but stated that there are aggrieved members in the party whose actions were affecting the unity and growth of the party.

He emphasised that the party was in crisis and had refused to let Nigerians know the situation of the party.

“Part of the issues affecting the party is the vacant positions in the seat of deputies. There are lots of acting deputies which have not been given a functional position.”

When asked who controls the APC? He said the “national chairman was not in control but being controlled by certain forces”.

“We cannot have a national chairman that is controlled by the people, rather a chairman that will bring the people together”

He urged the APC to work together in unity to ensure that President Buhari’s fight against corruption could be successful.

Full Text Of Tinubu’s Statement Demanding Oyegun’s Resignation

National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is demanding the resignation of party chairman, John Oyegun.

In this statement released on Sunday, Senator Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

Full Text:

OYEGUN’S ONDO FRAUD: THE VIOLATION OF DEMOCRACY IN THE APC 

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.

‘Segun Adegbenro

Tinubu Media Office

September 25th, 2016

Tinubu Asks APC Chairman John Oyegun To Resign

tinubu, John Oyegun, APC, Bola Tinubu, OyegunThere may be more trouble for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as its national leader Senator Bola Tinubu is demanding the resignation of the party chairman, Chief John Oyegun.

In a statement released on Sunday, Senator Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

INEC Meets With Political Parties

INEC-Elections-JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is presently meeting with the chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties in Nigeria.

The meeting is holding amidst speculations that the polls scheduled for February 14 and 28 will be postponed by about six weeks.

Although the INEC is yet to make any official announcement, international media organisations are quoting an unnamed Nigerian official as saying that elections will be postponed in order to give the new multinational force time to secure areas under Boko Haram control.

As the meeting between INEC and the parties held, a coalition of civil rights groups staged a protest at the headquarters of the electoral body in Abuja to resist moves for the postponement of the elections.

The leader of the group, Mr Solomon Dalung, said that they heard that the ongoing meeting between the electoral umpire and political party leaders was aimed at announcing INEC’s decision of the postponement of the polls.

The INEC said that the group was only acting on rumour, as there is no such information at the moment.

Council Of State Asked INEC To Conduct Polls

Today’s meeting is coming two days after the Council of State advised the INEC to go ahead and perform its constitutional responsibility of conducting the 2015 elections.

At the end of the Council’s meeting, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, told reporters that the INEC had told the council that it was ready for the conduct of the elections.

He said security chiefs also expressed their readiness but raised issues about some local governments currently under the control of the Boko Haram sect.

Parties Seek Shift Of Date

Before the council of state met, 16 registered political parties and four presidential candidates on Tuesday joined the call for postponement of the forthcoming general elections.

The presidential candidates, including Godson Okoye of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Sam Ekeh of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Tunde Anifowose Kelani, Action Alliance (AA), and Ganiyu Galadima (ACPN), insisted that the present security situation in the north-east and the untidy manner in which INEC had handled the distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) had triggered the call for the postponement.

They stressed that the level of violence, threat of violence and use of foul languages in political campaigns have been a clear breach of the Abuja Peace Accord which was signed by the 14 presidential candidates.

The political parties and their presidential candidates, who threatened to boycott the election if INEC ignores their request, argued that a credible election could not take place in a country where a geo-political zone would be practically excluded due to insecurity.

APC Kicks Against Election Postponement

Just before the council of states met, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, kicked against any attempt by the Federal Government to postpone the February 14 and 28 elections, warning members of the National Council of State, against being dragged into a postponement which could damage the nation’s electoral process.

The party accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of acting out a script to deny Nigerians the right to vote for their preferred leader.

The APC’s position was made known at a press conference in Abuja by its National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, who added that the consequences of polls shift might be unpredictable.

Doyin Okupe List Why Presidency Wants Elections Postponed

On Friday, the presidency listed some of the reasons it felt that going ahead with the February dates for the general elections, as scheduled by the INEC could “throw the country into turmoil and confusion”.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, “if the elections go on as planned, they may throw the country into chaos”.

While speaking at a press conference on the Council of State meeting held on Thursday, Dr. Okupe said the President would not engage in any form of subterfuge to pressurise INEC to change the dates of the elections.

He said that during the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, never insisted on the February dates as reported by some media organisations.

On the level of preparedness of INEC, Dr. Okupe stated that during the meeting, it was revealed that the only process that was 100 per cent concluded was the preparation and availability of the voters register.