Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, APC NATIONAL LEADER has requested for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman of the Party Odigie Oyegun over the Ondo State gubernatorial primaries won by Chief Akeredolu SAN.
This is the full text of the Statement issued by his office
Oyegun’s Ondo fraud: The violation of democracy in the APC,”
“If the party can not justly govern itself, it will find it difficult to establish and maintain just government throughout the nation,” he said.
“Evidently, some errant members believe that promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken. Chairman John (Odigie-) Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display.
“In doing so, (Odigie-) 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 the APC members elected to government at all levels. Because of (Odigie-) Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it is meant to help.”
“(Odigie-) Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo State primary will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order.
“In early September, the (Ondo) 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 an outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory.”
“ Bright spots during the conduct of the primary was the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, whom 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 do so. 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 wilfully 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 many into believing they were outnumbered.”
“He has shown that he and democratic fairplay cannot exist in the same party at the same time.
“If Tinubu is to choose between John (Odigie-) 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.”