Oyegun Meets Buhari Over Tinubu

Shortly after Bola Tinubu, who was appointed by President Buhari to reconcile conflicts within the APC accused the national chairman of being a saboteur, the (national Chairman, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun) has held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Oyegun declined commenting on the outcome of the meeting.

Buhari had, on Feb. 6, appointed Tinubu to lead an APC consultation, reconciliation and confidence building team toward improving cohesion in the party ahead of the general elections in 2019.

In a letter of complaint to Odigie-Oyegun, Tinubu accused the party’s chairman of sabotaging his reconciliation efforts in the party. The letter, titled: “Actions and conduct weakening the party from APC: within”, was copied to President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Tinubu accused the APC Chairman of compounding the challenge of reconciliation by taking “improper unilateral decisions” on issues affecting national and state chapters.

He also accused Odigie-Oyegun of delaying the release of information critical to the resolution of crises in state chapters.

Breaking: APC Members Drag Troubled Oyegun To EFCC

A pressure group within the All Progressives Congress called BUHARI/APC ANTI-CORRUPTION SUPPORT GROUP has staged a protest to the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday asking the anti-graft agency to look into the financial records of the APC which they alleged is shrouded in secrecy since the inception of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

The group which had earlier rallied in the Julius Berger area of the FCT in support of the anti-corruption fight of the current administration, later proceeded to the EFCC office to submit the petition.

The group is praying the EFCC to compel the ruling Party’s national chairman to get the Party’s account audited and for the EFCC to probe the finances of the Party in the last four years which they claimed has been a ” one man show” by the embattled chairman.

The group that displayed several banners and placards with various messages like:

“EFCC Must Prope Oyegun Now!”

“Audit APC’s Account Now”

“Oyegun Is Killing the Anti-Corruption Policy of Buhari”

EFCC officials who attended to the group however refused to collect the petition citing non-attachment of necessary documentary evidence and facts to the petition. After several minutes of argument with the EFCC officials who stood their ground, the group leaders angrily left, threatening to resort to legal actions against the APC Nat’l chairman and the EFCC.

The group led by Ishola Adeshina  APC stalwart and supported by the Southwest Public Relations Officer of the Party Amuda Kamilu

Ishola lamented the refusal of EFCC agents to acknowledge and accept the petition.  “I’m thoroughly disappointed by the attitude displayed by the EFCC today. At least they should have collected the petition and if it lacks merit after investigation, they can drop it. The EFCC is mandated to investigate all corruption allegations, but it has woefully failed in that respect today. We are heading to court” he submitted.

Just yesterday, another pro-Buhari group prorested at the party’s headquarters Calling for the sack of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

Ondo APC Distances Oyegun For Former Party Chair’s Removal

The Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has criticized the report credited to its former state chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, blaming his suspension on the national leadership of the ruling party.

The party in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity Steve Otaloro, said Kekemeke in an effort to ‘distort’ allegations leveled against him by the party leading to his suspension, descended on the APC national leadership.

It noted that the former chairman faulted the letter from the national Secretariat that appointed Ade Adetimehin as the acting state chairman.

The statement also quoted Kekemeke of accusing the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun of unilaterally suspended him from office.

The party said “It is unfortunate that Kekemeke deliberately maligned our party national chairman and denigrated the highest authority of our party with a view to portraying himself as being innocent of all the allegations levelled against him.

“All the allegations he levelled against the national chairman, according to him, are based on hearsay”

The party pointed out that the former chairman as a lawyer should know that it was faulty to rely on hearsay to blame the national chairman in other to exonerate himself from exonerating from allegations against him.

It noted that the choice of Oyegun as APC national chairman was not only based on his political prowess but his dignity to speak the truth at all times.

The party however advised Kekemeke to wait till the issue will be sorted out by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s reconciliatory committee, stressing that his ‘concocted’ claims would not help his case.

It said” the timing of this falsehood is wrong most especially when President Muhammadu Buhari has saddled the national leader,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with the role to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party”.

APC National Chairman Declaims Party Involvement In Appointment Of Dead Men In Parastatals

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), has declaimed the party from the appointment of dead persons as chairmen and members of boards of government parastatals and agencies.

Odigie-Oyegun told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that the party’s leadership was not involved in the final compilation of the list.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had in defence of the error, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested for the submission of 50 names each by the state chapters of the APC in 2015.

Some of the dead persons whose names appeared on the list recently released by the presidency included Sen. Francis Okpozo, who passed on at 81 in 2016; Donald Ugbaja, and Rev. Fr. Christopher Utov, among others.

Reacting to the development, Odigie-Oyegun said that the embarrassment would have been avoided if the party was involved in the final compilation.

“It is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list.

“Yes, we sent names at the initial stage and I am talking of a period of two years ago, we demanded for every state to make 50 nominations which were sent to the committee in charge of the list for the purpose.

“They completed the initial exercise but since then, a lot has happened.

“People have changed parties, people had died, we have three new governors that were not there when the list was compiled,’’ he said.

This, the chairman said, was enough reason for the party’s leadership to look at the final outcome of the exercise.

“But we are not fortunate to participate on that final stage otherwise such would not have occurred.

“It is my sincere hope that we will be fully involved in the review that has to now take place and any other exercise, moving forward from this date,’’ Odigie-Oyegun said.

He added that considering the fact that this year would be a build-up to the 2019 general election, the party would hit the ground running.

“I will resume on Monday and we are going to hit ground running, we all know that this year is obviously going to be an active year for elections,’’ he said.

He assured Nigerians that the President Buhari-led APC Federal Government was making concrete efforts to make the country self-sufficient in all areas.

The chairman maintained that the government was aware of the challenges Nigerians were going through, assuring that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Odige-Oyegun Urges Nigerians To Be Patient

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Thursday revealed that Nigeria was a laughing stock before Buhari’s administration came on board in 2015.

Oyegun speaking on ‘Change’ promised by APC’, urged Nigerians to be patient. The APC national chairman speaking at a reception where he was conferred with the Distinguished Political Leadership Award by the Benin National Congress in Benin, Edo State said Change was a resolve not to return to bad old days.

Odigie-Oyegun said, “Change is not bridges. Change is not electricity. Change is not roads. Change is my perception as to what is right and what is wrong, what needs to be done and being faithful in getting it done.

“For as long as we, Nigerians, have the wrong type of morality, the wrong type of ethics, not all the roads in this world will get us out of the economic morass we have plunged ourselves into.

“Change takes time and consistency of application and the resolve not to go back to the bad old days.”

Oyegun reiterated that the Buhari administration took over a “totally collapsed economy”, assuring Nigerians that the President was doing his best to restore Nigeria’s economy.

“We took over a totally collapsed country. The hope is that things have started to solidify. Things have started to concretise; the economy has started to grow.

“It is not a switch; it is something that will take time. But once we are there, this nation will never experience the type of recession we had in the past.

“Until Buhari, we were a laughing stock. Today, we are gaining respectability. So, it is important that we do not lose that momentum,” Odigie-Oyegun added.


Osinbajo Did Not Meet With PDP’s Sheriff – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged its stakeholders to  disregard the speculation making rounds that  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun met with former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff.

An official statement released by the party on Friday said “Following Thursday’s visit of the national chairman of the APC to the Villa, the attention of the party has been drawn to surprising speculations in some sections of the media on the visit.

‘’For the records, the APC national chairman only met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

‘’He was not aware, neither was he part of the reported meeting between the Vice President and the former PDP national chairman,’’ the statement by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said.

Abdullahi added that Odigie-Oyegun did not visit the Vice President on the day in question and had equally not met Sheriff in over two years.


President Buhari Left Behind a Functional Structure- Oyegun

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has left behind a government that is functioning effectively in spite of his absence.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mr. John Oyegun stated this during his opening speech at a meeting between the party’s National Working Committee, NWC and governors elected on the platform of APC.

He assured Nigerians that the desire of the president was for the government and the governing party, APC to continue to carry out its duties under the present circumstance.

“What makes me glad is Mr. President’s respect for due process. Because of his deep belief in the constitution of this country, he has left a structure that is functioning very effectively in spite of his unfortunate absence” Oyegun said.

It would be recalled that Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari left the country on January 19, for a medical leave which was meant to last for 10 days but later extended his the leave indefinitely.

Mr. Oyegun also said the meeting was for the sole purpose of discussing the forthcoming national convention of the party.

“The purpose of the convention is to allow us as a party and as government to sit down and see how far we have come, what we have done right and access ourselves. It is a mandatory midterm non-elective convention” Oyegun explained.

Non-Elective Convention

The APC set April 29 as the day for its national non-elective convention.

The National Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Osita Izunasor
stated this while speaking with journalists after the meeting between the NWC and the APC state governors.

He explained the modalities and activities that would take place in preparation for the convention.

“We have mapped out dates for the ward Congress, Local government Congress and state Congress to fill in vacant positions arising from deaths, defections and those who are no longer in the party. It is not in any way a fresh Congress at the state level, it is congresses to fill in vacant positions and to also elect three men delegates per Local Government that will be delegates to the national convention” Isunasor stated.

The chairman of Nigerian governor’s forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who spoke on behalf of the Governors, expressed the willingness of the governors to work with the party for the success of the convention and progress of the country.

Out of the 24 governors elected on the platform of APC, 12 were in attendance, two were represented by their deputies.


Nigerians Living Happily, Despite Recession – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has stated that there is fun everywhere in Nigeria despite the nationwide outcry about recession.

According to the party leader, Nigerians were no bothered by the hardship caused by the ongoing economic crisis.

Speaking with newsmnen in Benin, the Edo State capital, Oyegun noted that Nigerians had leanrt to save because of the situation of things in the country.

He said, “I hope it was low key, but what is important is that you could see signs of fun everywhere. Which means that inspite of everything, people are happy. That is not say that there is not some degree of belt tightening. I can feel it but what is also good is that people are still able to eat rice.

“We have become a bit of wasteful society; now we are being forced to adjust, measure the way we spend money. People hardly fly business class these days.

“These are signs of growing realism, growing change, an acceptance that it can no longer be business-as-usual. But, personally, what made me glad this Christmas is the existence of local rice; we now have Ebonyi Rice and the Lake Rice. Nigerians are beginning to domesticate their taste in the local rice they prefer, which is very good.

“The fact that there was so much in terms of quantity of local rice all over the place is something that makes me glad. It means that there was good harvest, and that, next year, for the fact that the market has now been established, it means we can even export rice. So, thank God, out of every seeming adversity, the good Lord opens windows of prosperity.

“I think we are at the start of a prosperous period, when this country will be depending not just on oil but on a broader base of production. Are you not scared that the recession may degenerate to depression? We are working hard. We are not even thinking of depression, we are thinking of getting out of the recession that we are in. And all government policies and projects are geared towards getting this nation out of the recession as soon as possible.

“Perish the thought of depression, we will never get there. What is happening with rice now, the same thing is going to be replicated in the agricultural sector and, as soon as the power sector stabilizes, we will get industries like the textile kicking back into production. We can only look upward and not backward.”

The party chieftain once again affirmed that the leadership of the APC was not threatened by the alleged plans by some persons to form mega party in the year 2017.

He said, “Mega party, I don’t know where the name mega party suddenly came from in the lexicon of politics in this country. When two people gather to have a meeting, it is a mega meeting.

“We don’t feel threatened; we will in fact encourage a mega party, because with the gradual collapse of the PDP, we want a party that can make us sit upright and be on our toes in terms of delivery of service to our people; a party that will make us feel challenged, that will make democracy real, offer the people a real choice.”

APC Not Threatened By Mega Party – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has declared that the party is not threatened by the formation of a “mega party” ahead of 2019.
He said the APC is rather focused on its mission which had been made difficult by the current economic situation worldwide.
Oyegun, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday, said those behind the formation of the mega-party should be encouraged in order to have a formidable opposition to the ruling APC.
He absolved some leaders of the APC of being behind the formation of a new party.
The APC chairman said he has met with some leaders of the party including the leadership of the National Assembly and a former vice president, adding that “we are waiting for the arrival of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu so that we can also meet with him and have meaningful discussion because he is a well-respected leader of this party.”

“We don’t feel threatened at all. No mega party will survive the APC. I don’t know where the name mega party suddenly came from in the lexicon of politics in this country. We will infact encourage a mega party, because with the gradual collapse of PDP, we want a party that can make us sit upright and be on our toes in terms of delivery of services to our people.
“A party that will make us feel challenged, that will make democracy real and offer the people a real choice. We are not threatened at all. We are focused on our mission made difficult by the current economic situation worldwide, which of course is compounded by the collapse of the oil market. We are reforming this country, reforming it ethically, morally and economically by building a fresh economic base which will no longer depend on the extractive industry which does not involve the people.”

Oyegun Urges Support For Akeredolu In Ondo

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun has charged members of his party to return to their various units and mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the November 26, election in Ondo State.

Oyegun said to take power from an incumbent government was not an easy task, stressing that for the APC to win the poll, dedication and hardwork were required from its members.

The Chairman spoke at the flag-off campaign of Akeredolu held in Akure, the State Capital, which was attended by prominent APC chieftains across the country.

Some of them included the Vice-President, Yemi Osibanjo, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, represented by Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong,Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.

Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Prof. Cladius Daramola.

Oyegun explained how important the state was to the federal government, adding that the state must join the mainstream politics.

The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in opposition party, urging the electorate to give 90 percent votes for his party.

On his own, Amosun called for unity among APC leaders in the south west.

Akeredolu boasted that the APC would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.

He noted that as long as APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun in south west, the party must take over Ondo State.

“We will not vote for a party that has no councillor.

“We have a lot of challenges in the state, our youths are unemployed and we are ready to create job through agriculture, enterprenuership and industrialization.

“Our workers are not being paid regularly but we are promising them that they will not experience such in our own administration.

“We will create road netowrk and our comprehensive health centres in all communities will be resuscitated.

“We are going to create more local governments and ensure our people at the grassroot level enjoy dividend of democracy”.

At the occasion, Oyegun also officially received some defectors from PDP and LP to APC’s fold.

They are Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Yemi Mamodu, Victor Ojo, Muyiwa Asagunla, Deji Aseniserare, Ben Orimoloye, Bayo Abitogun, Hassan Tolani, Hon. Otito Atikase, Falaye Ajibola, Ayodele Joseph among others.

Buhari Is God-Sent To Save Nigeria From Collapse – Oyegun

The National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, says God sent President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigeria from collapse.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Oyegun made the observation in Sokoto on Friday when he declared open a three-day retreat organised by the Kano State Chapter of the party for its officials and stakeholders on political party management.

Mr. Oyegun said: ”Buhari was God-sent at the most crucial time in Nigeria’s history.

“He inherited a comatose economy and he has been strenuously working to deliver on his campaign promises centred on the economy, security and fighting corruption.

“Insurgency has been tamed, while the issues of militancy and other related security challenges were being diligently attended to by the President.”

Mr. Oyegun also said that the president was being so “frugal” with every kobo that accrued to the nation, saying that the economy would soon bounce back.

The party national chairman said that no sane and patriotic Nigerian would be pessimistic about the way Mr. Buhari was uniquely tackling corruption.

“Buhari is generally working tirelessly to make Nigeria a better place for all Nigerians,” he said.

Mr. Oyegun stressed the need for internal democracy as well as ensuring the supremacy of the party.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said that the retreat was organised for stocktaking on the achievements, problems and to chart the way forward.

Mr. Ganduje said that APC in Kano was still united and indivisible.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said the retreat would help to keep the party on the right track.

Mr. Tambuwal said: “This is to ensure that government is properly adjusted in the interest of the common people.”

Kawu Sumaila, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, restated that governors of the party were its due leaders in the states.

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa and a chieftain of the party in the state, Bashir Tofa, commended the wisdom of organising the retreat.

The Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir, said that the retreat was the first of its kind organised by any of the state chapters of the party.