National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun:I will not join issues with Tinubu on Ondo Primary

 National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, and National leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Edo state Former Governor and National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said he would not join words with the National leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the allegations leveled against him by the former Lagos state governor that he, Oyegun, manipulated the party’s Ondo State governorship primary.

Tinubu on Sunday released a statement in which he blasted Oyegun over the outcome of the Ondo State governorship primary of the APC, declaring that Oyegun must resign.

Speaking at the a political function in Benin City, the Edo State capital, yesterday, Oyegun said:

“Asiwaju is a well respected leader of the APC and as such, I cannot be heard speaking evil against him. You know we have a crucial election here in Edo which is my priority right now.

 I don’t want to lose focus and I know Asiwaju also wants us to win because we all worked hard for this. So may be after the election if there is need, I will speak if there is no need, I will relax. But all I can say now is that most of the things said in the papers about me are not true. I have always believed in internal democracy, that the credibility of primary must be taken seriously.

I believe that if the primaries of parties are not credible, it may derail any democracy, so I don’t play with these things at all. Everybody knows me and I don’t joke with my credibility and I have tried to maintain it. Like I said, Asiwaju is our leader and we all hold him in high esteem, so I will never join issues with him.

But may be after the Edo elections, after we must have emerged victorious, we may speak on some of the issues raised. So there is no problem at all. Edo is the focus for now and as you know this is my state, so it is a very serious election for us. So I want to be allowed to remain focused; then after the election we can speak.”


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