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Atiku Backs Tinubu On Oyegun

Posted: Sep 29, 2016 at 4:15 am   /   by   /   comments (1)


*Calls For Rule Of Law In APC


Rotimi Akinwumi



Opposition against Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, embattled national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), swelled on Wednesday when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and chieftain of the party, openly gave his backing to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a national leader of the party, against the party chairman.

Tinubu had in an open letter lambasted the party chairman over his handling of the Ondo State APC party primary, accusing the chairman of undemocratic tendencies and called for his immediate resignation.

The position of Tinubu was re-echoed on Monday by Timi Frank, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, a known protégé of Atiku, who insisted at a press conference that Oyegun must immediately call a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to bring together party stakeholders to discuss the crisis bedeviling the party.

There are fears that the NEC meeting is to be used as an opportunity to pass a vote of no confidence on the embattled national chairman.

The Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) had consistently shut out Timi Frank from officially taking over the office of the national publicity secretary in acting capacity in line with the party’s constitution, a move most party members see as an indirect attack on Atiku Abubakar.

On Wednesday, the Turaki Adamawa officially made known his position on the controversial Ondo party primary that has pitched Tinubu against Odigie-Oyegun, with the former vice president kicking against the action taken by the NWC against the recommendation of the appeal panel that called for the cancellation of the party primary.

The NWC led by Odigie-Oyegun rejected the recommendations of the appeal panel and went ahead to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the party’s candidate for the Ondo governorship election to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a decision that has further polarised the party.

According to Atiku, the conduct of the APC NWC is an anathema to democratic tenets as he charges the APC on the promotion of rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs, noting that they are germane to the unity and stability of the party.

In the statement issued by his media office, Atiku said it is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”

He noted that the party is supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis amongst its members in any given election as he contends that since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.

“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division.”

The former vice president also noted that pretending a problem doesn’t exist won’t make that problem go away, and therefore, advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching and address why this problem arose and escalated.

According to Atiku, the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.

Atiku, however, urged aggrieved members of the APC in the Ondo election to exercise restraint in seeking redress to the crisis, while also urging the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party.

While the opposition against Odigie-Oyegun crystallises, his support base, the loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari are also not relenting in their moves at saving his job.

A meeting is expected to be held in Kaduna today by his loyalists towards putting together a foolproof methodology of ensuring that the embattled chairman is not pushed out of office unceremoniously.

Facts have emerged that those supporting Odigie-Oyegun are making moves at strengthening their strong hold on the party structure with a view to controlling it ahead of the 2019 elections.

Some loyalists of Odigie-Oyegun have openly expressed disgust with the call for his resignation by Tinubu, saying emphatically that the chairman won’t resign or be forced out of office under any circumstance.



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