After the much anticipated meeting between governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari over elongation of the tenure of the Party Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and other party executives; the governors have thrown their weights behind the President and called for the stepping down of Oyegun and his team in June - a few months before the next Presidential elections in Nigeria.
You will recall that the campaign for the removal of Oyegun was championed by Party Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the issue seemed to have been ironed out with the president who visited the party leader last week in Lagos. Some APC governors were not in support of the decision initially; but with the look of things, they have bowed to the higher power and once again, the master planner - Bola Tinubu has had his way.
After the meeting on Wednesday evening, Governor Rochas Okorocha who spoke on behalf of the APC governors forum said all has been settled and the governors have decided to take sides with their President. Reiterating that there was no issue within the party's hierarchy.
APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun
Oyegun Speaking minutes after the meeting, Odigie Oyegun said:
“Today, the governors and the National Working Committee of the party decided to sit and look at the issues that are seemingly dividing us. I want to say to you with absolute satisfaction and pride that all the issues you have been commenting about in the last two days have been completely and totally resolved.
“We are back in business as one united and happy family. I want to say also that yesterday we set up a technical committee as ordered by NEC.
“From the very first minute that we called them to action, they have worked non-stop because I emphasised when I was inaugurating them that their report was time sensitive.
“It is sensitive because we have already sent out notices for the meeting of NEC which will hold on Monday. I am glad to say that the chairman of the technical committee has reported that his report will be ready this evening or tomorrow morning.
“This report will be placed before NEC on Monday, April 9 and the appropriate decision will be taken. Thereafter, we will announce to you the further steps that we are going to take resulting from NEC consideration of the recommendations when we receive them.
“The bottom line is that the APC leadership is back as one happy, united and focused party; strongly behind our president and strongly behind our governors in all the states.”
APC National publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi said in addition to Oyegun's remarks that:
“It is left for the NEC to decide and if the committee recommends that the position of NEC should be maintained then there would be no need for an elective convention and then the president and those who are concerned that the decision we have taken is correct or not will have more confidence in the position of the party.
“But if the committee recommends that congresses should be held then NEC will consider the report and at the same time decide whether to reverse itself. However, as I speak with you there is no evidence whether the committee will recommend this way or the other way.”
However, This Day reported that a high ranked party source dismissed the statements by Oyegun and Abdullahi, stating that 'they were face-saving remarks made to give the impression that the technical committee will reverse the decision to jettison the tenure elongation for the party executives'.
According to the report, the APC governors had adopted the decision of the president due to their personal greed and political aspirations.