Monday, 26 February 2018

20 APC Govs Pass Vote Of Confidence On Oyegun

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday got a lifeline in the ongoing crisis rocking the party, as 20 governors on the party’s platform passed a vote of confidence on him.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the governors at a meeting yesterday overtly endorsed the party chairman, even as they urged the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile any difference he has with Odigie-Oyegun.

This is coming barely a week after Tinubu had accused Odigie-Oyegun of undermining the ongoing reconciliation process in the APC.
Tinubu who is chairman of the peace and reconciliation committee recently set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the party had alleged in a 7-page letter that the national chairman was sabotaging his efforts.

In a swift reaction, Odigie-Oyegun who denied the allegation of sabotage promised to give the Tinubu committee all the needed support in ensuring its success in the discharge of its assignment.

A reliable source that was privy to yesterday’s meeting told LEADERSHIP that the governors “resolved to stand firm behind Oyegun who they lauded for providing the needed leadership for the party”.

The source who did not want his name in print further told our correspondent that the endorsement coming from the governors who wield considerable power in the party is a major boost to Oyegun’s grip on the party’s leadership.

He listed the governors who gave their endorsement for the confidence on the national chairman to include Senator Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Abubakar Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Muhammad Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir El-rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).

Others are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibrahim Gaidam(Yobe) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).

At the time filing this report, it was still not clear as to where Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stands.

Our correspondent gathered that Tambuwal’s position on issues bordering on the party had been quite unclear for sometime now, following rumours that he may also be preparing grounds for his presidential ambition.

“Tambuwal is nursing a silent ambition to run for the presidency; hence, he is being careful as far as taking sides on the scuffle between Oyegun and Tinubu is concerned”, another competent source in the APC said.  (Leadership)

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