APC Crisis: You can’t remove me on pages of newspaper, Oyegun tells Tinubu

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman
John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, has reacted to the call by a former Lagos governor and a leader of the party, Ahmed Tinubu, that he should resign.

Mr. Oyegun said the national chairman of a party cannot be removed on the pages of newspapers.

He said Mr. Tinubu’s letter accusing him of highhandedness and being a mole in the party, was a “bit too harsh”, but said the two politicians merely had a “difference of opinion”.

Mr. Tinubu came down hard on Mr. Oyegun in a lengthy statement last week, accusing the party chairman of betrayal and fraud.

“Evidently, some errant members believe promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken.

“Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display,” Mr. Tinubu said. “In doing so, 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.”

Mr. Oyegun responded on Tuesday at the presidential villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The method of getting rid of a national chairman if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution. They don’t take place on the pages of newspapers,” Mr. Oyegun told journalists.

He however insisted that there was no rift with Mr. Tinubu.

“We have differences of opinion, differences of perception and I think that is normal. Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh,” he said.

Asked whether the party would reverse its decision on the Ondo election primaries, since it was causing crisis in the party, Mr. Oyegun said, “It is only INEC that can make U-turn on Ondo”.

Mr. Tinubu had faulted Mr. Oyegun’s refusal to heed the recommendation of the party’s panel to cancel the Ondo primary that produced Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate.

He called for Mr. Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, who refused to go into details of what happened in the Ondo primary, told journalists that the report was with the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, the chairman of the primaries committee.

The two party leaders had met on Monday at President Muhammadu Buhari’s book launch in Abuja. It was their first meeting since Mr. Tinubu issued the statement on Mr. Oyegun.

On allegations that he sponsored some youth who protested at the party’s headquarters against the alleged highhandedness of Mr. Tinubu, the APC national chairman said, “God forbid, anybody who knows me knows that that is not my style. I’m equally shocked and I’m going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it”.

Asked if the handshake and pleasantries shared with Mr. Tinubu at Buhari’s book launch were genuine, he replied, “Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days? Why can’t people who have mutual respect for each other have different opinions? All we had was difference of opinions, yes it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time”.


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  • JAA

    You are saying these after receiving assurances from Buhari to stay put and that nothing will happen.

  • Yorubas -falling down falling

    Chairman of APC United Front, a group in All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, has described as laughable, calls by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign as chairman of the party. Musa, in a statement, said: “The world has seen a more progressive party in APC under Oyegun’s dynamic leadership. Chief Oyegun is not under the influence of a powerful and sinister arm of government or individual. He will never thwart the will of the people.” The Yorubas are falling down falling down—–while the Fulanis attempt to move away from them Yorubas——————————–I laugh—-God Bless the Spirit of Awo-he warned them not to bow to the Fulanis but the mumu Yorubas via Tinubu would not hear—of it—–now Nko?

    • Mufu Ola

      Fulanis are far better than Igbos.That’s for sure.

  • Public Record

    ‘Tinubu opposed my choice of Osinbajo as Vice President’.

    Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how the President chose Vice-President Yemi
    Osinbajo as his running mate for the 2015 presidential election despite the
    opposition of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola
    Tinubu. The book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in
    Nigeria
    ,’ written by Prof. John Paden, was presented at an elaborate
    event at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday.

    According to the book, the names of
    Tinubu; the then Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN); and
    Osinbajo, were forwarded to Buhari for him to pick a running mate shortly after
    the retired general emerged the party’s candidate at its convention in Lagos.
    The author claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous
    pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise. He, however, did not disclose who
    forwarded the list of the three nominees to Buhari.”

    ………..PUNCH NEWSPAPER

    (October 4th, 2016)

    • Egbon David

      Hahahahaha! Nigeria must be a banana republic if the inarticulate corrupt and Raji Fashola
      was grouped with his likes a a trio to be ‘rewarded’ for those traits with post of the Vice President.
      Is there no thinking going on anymore in Nigeria? How come such wrong and immoral choices?

      • xtraviews

        IS THAT NOT WHY WE ARE IN ECONOMIC RECESSION TODAY? JUST LOOK AT THE QUALITY
        OF THE CREATURES THAT ARE BEING LIFTED UP WITHOUT MERITS TO GOVERN NIGERIA!
        A COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY MORAL STANDARD FOR JUDGING CAN NEVER RISE FROM DIRT.

        • Zebra Crossing

          If not for his corruption Raji Fashola could have been a good choice

          but stealing has spoilt everything and spoilt his chances for life – so sad.

          Raji Fashola must pray against a long jail sentence based on uncovered facts.

          • Esbee

            ….nonsense!….what qualifies for Raji Fashola for public office in the first place?…….
            ………You say someone is dishonest and say he could have been a good choice…..
            What sort of illogical talk is that?……How could a criminal have been a good choice?…
            …..Out of 180 million people in Nigeria, you can’t think of someone decent?…….
            This is what i have been saying…..Nigerians are addicted to the rule of thieves!….
            …Does Raji Fshola have knowledge? What knowledge does he have?…Tell us!
            ………Good countries are governed by men and women of knowledge, not by thieves……
            Who was Raji Fashola before dragged him from the streets, based on nepotism and Islam?

          • Gbenga K.

            WITHOUT BOLA TINUBU DRAGGING HIM IN, RAJI FASHOLA WOULD BE AN AREA BOY TODAY.

            RAJI FASHOLA WAS AN UNKNOWN NON-ENTITY WHO STOOD FOR NOTHING IN ALL HIS LIFE.

            HE HAD NO INFORMED OPINION ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS BEFORE BOLA TINUBU BROUGHT HIM.

          • GMB

            why sre some people dumb like this!.

  • Barnabas Umole

    @Mercy_JAA:disqus

    APC CANNOT REMAIN IN THE THE SAME SHAPE AND FORM…WITH ITS CONTRADICTIONS TILL NEXT YEAR,

    because THERE IS NOTHING IN COMMON BETWEEN BOLA TINUBU, BOLA SARAKI, AND MUHAMADU BUHARI.

  • Spoken word

    Thiefnubu is just a desprate clown

  • KBE

    Yes o that is Mr Chairman talking. He has grown some balls and he is now talking tough. Tinubu beware Mr chairman is with the President if you talk nonsense again EF.CoCo.. dey wait. With this the stage is finally set for the show down. Carry go nothing do una.

  • KBE

    Federal might vs regional might. Let’s go.

    • Arabakpura

      If you want to plagiarize the former First Lady, do it correctly; it is called “Federal mighty”

    • Wole P. Animashaun

      @disqus_GzuPNcXWMN:disqus

      Are you
      people serious at all? Did you expect Bola Tinubu to say: “Yes, Yemi
      Osinbajo – who was my commissioner – is better than me!”
      Look here guys,
      Bola Tinubu is in great pains but only that he is too ashamed to express it. Bola
      Tinubu went into APC alliance with only one aim, which is to become the Vice
      President and then rise on the back of olden Muhamadu Buhari to the post of
      president. APC was a personal ambition for Bola Tinubu. Forget all the nonsense
      talk about CHANGE or fighting for the masses. Bola Tinubu was in APC for the
      coin and for himself.

      But see
      now. He’s lost his Action Congress party forever; lost control over the APC
      South-West in consequence – as the recent Ondo state governorship primary
      election showed – and he now faces a coalition of Buhari appointees who can
      stand up with federal might to rival Bola Tinubu at any election in Yorubaland.

      Even the
      other day Bola Tinubu failed again to push Mr. Faleke through as Governor of
      Kogi state. The way things are going Bola Tinubu is the worst loser in the APC.
      The way I see it Bola Tinubu may not take the shame much longer. That is why
      he lashed out at John Oyegun and asked him to resign as APC Chairman. Till
      today John Oyegun has not resigned and Bola Tinubu can’t do anything about
      that. You can see how weak and useless Bola Tinubu may have become!

    • Public Record

      ‘Bola Tinubu opposed my choice of Osinbajo as Vice President’.

      Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how the President chose Vice-President Yemi
      Osinbajo as his running mate for the 2015 presidential election despite the
      opposition of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola
      Tinubu. The book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in
      Nigeria,’
      written by Prof. John Paden, was presented at an elaborate
      event at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday.

      According to the book, the names of
      Tinubu; the then Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN); and
      Osinbajo, were forwarded to Buhari for him to pick a running mate shortly after
      the retired general emerged the party’s candidate at its convention in Lagos.
      The author claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous
      pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise. He, however, did not disclose who
      forwarded the list of the three nominees to Buhari.”

      ………..PUNCH NEWSPAPER

      (October 4th, 2016)

      • Kaycee

        @disqus_IU5znOohb5:disqus

        APC party is a coalition of illiterates. There’s no one in APC with knowledge, wisdom or understanding

        of public policy or development economics – not a single person. Bola Tinubu is their putative leader –

        a mentally dissolute fellow who told the public through newspaper essay that the solution to economic

        recession is for government to keep printing money. How can educated Nigerians expect anything

        other than economic recession from such uneducated mentality publicly expressed in ignorance?

        • Econometrist

          NIGERIA UNDER PRESIDENT BUHARI IS DONE FOR. ONCE NIGERIANS SURVIVE RECESSION
          NEXT MONTH THE NEXT PROBLEM WILL BE 200% DOUBLING OF EXTERNAL DEBT WITH
          HIGH INTEREST REPAYMENT AS U.S FEDERAL RESERVES GET SET TO INCREASE RATE
          OF DOLLAR BEFORE DECEMBER. THERE IS NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE
          MUHAMADU BUHARI HUSSLE TO BORROW 15 TO 20 BILLION DOLLARS BUT SORROW.

  • Yorubas are falling down

    Chairman of APC United Front, a group in All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, has described as laughable, calls by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign as chairman of the party. Musa, in a statement, said: “The world has seen a more progressive party in APC under Oyegun’s dynamic leadership. Chief Oyegun is not under the influence of a powerful and sinister arm of government or individual. He will never thwart the will of the people.” The Yorubas are falling down falling down—–while the Fulanis attempt to move away from them Yorubas——————————–I laugh—-God Bless the Spirit of Awo-he warned them not to bow to the Fulanis but the mumu Yorubas via Tinubu would not hear—of it—–now Nko? Oyegun has been assured———nothing on earth would remove him from power——————-He was able to see the President—U Tinubu nko—the message is that u are a thief and he Buhari would not want to associate with rogues-like u

    • Mufu Ola

      Because Igbos are already down & out of circulation you desperately want others to join you in your hole? No way. You’re getting stuffed all by yourself in that hole U’re in.

  • Otile

    Alhaji Junaid ibn Oyegun’s days are numbered. First of all he does not appear to be a good Muslim man. Secondly he did not seek Ebola Tinubu’s approval before he announced his preferred candidate for APC. He does not realize that Islamic APC party is owned.

    • vagabonds in power

      Oyegun has the support of the Fulani North–Aware the Fulanis have never liked the Yorubas—that is why Buhari met with Oyegun instead of Tinubu—————–That alone is enough to tell Tinubu that he is a Mr. nobody in APC—Very soon the Fulanis would move in with the Ibos–after killing their farmers and their women in the south east———–then play on their intelligence again–like little kids by issuing them with fake blood stained cheques——-and contracts————-Separation is the only way out————

  • B. Messi

    APC came in through newspaper propaganda.
    Now APC is going down through same.

    Why are those myopic buffoons all quiet now?? Where are the tundemesses, wahalas, Kay soyemis, marias, amazing2012, julius, rommel etc??
    When their lord Tinubu moved against Saraki and Dogara, they said the two men were kwaropt..ex PDP men.
    Now the Northern-oligarchs APC block is going for Tinubu’s jugular, what will the e-zombies call it? ‘Kwaroption fighting back’ or what??
    Ahahahaha! Please come out of your smelly holes you imps!
    2019 is the prize. Winner takes it ALL!
    REAL DRAMA AHEAD GUYS!
    AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • Nobody’sPuppet

    Yorufools can now see their foolishness. Slaves of Hausa Fulanis. That’s why the country is a dead zoo. Where blind old fools lead the blind. Buhari used this brainless tribe to actualise his desire to become a Visionless president. They just built the party on propaganda for selfish reasons.

    No wonder the zoo in comatose.

    • GMB

      ….seems you need a psychiatric aid!

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        I will gladly refer you to a doctor in London here to commence treatment on your brain damage. Give your to Tinubu and OBJ. Old age has given those political fools dementia.

        • GMB

          Honestly you are in dire need of a psychiatric doctor

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            It’s your damn problem. Deal with it or hang your head

  • Abate Dokpu

    Chairman Oyegun has again demonstrated his maturity and wisdom. Tinubu needs to learn to respect elders and understand that he does not own APC. Tinubu is one of the leaders of APC and he deserves the respect of the party but he should know that APC is not his sole proprietorship. He language was uncouth and condemnable and I hereby condemn his language in very strong terms.

    • GMB

      good talk

  • suleiman

    Let us watch the dram as it unfolds. Let us watch them self-destruct. A marriage of convenience can never last. CPC+ACN are two opposite poles and this why nothing good will happen in this country as long as this government is in power and the war of the titans continue. Nigeria is the losers. May God help us!

    • princegab

      Spewing rubbish, lick your wound Mr. Wailer.

      • ???????????

        WHO WILL SAVE NIGERIA FROM IGNORANT MISRULE AND OFFICIAL THIEVES IN DISGUISE?

        WHO WILL SAVE NIGERIA FROM BUKOLA SARAKI, RAJI FASHOLA, BOLA TINUBU AND BUHARI?

        • princegab

          Pmb will save Nigeria from herself

  • princegab

    Premium times has been invaded by wailers.

    • Otile

      …And ass licking hailers too.

      • Mufu Ola

        And permanent losers also who always cry “marginalization”

        • Ugohmillenium

          @princegab:disqus

          My own idea is not the same thing you people are discussing here. I want to talk about the
          economic destruction of President Buhari. That is the thing worrying the whole country for now. This particular economic destruction is the real topic we have to face, not Bola Tinubu who is not holding any public office and cannot solve anything. We should face the real issue.

          People are committing suicide because of President Buhari’s economic destruction. A man has been lying down on the Owerri expressway for many days and waiting for any car to kill him. The newspapers in Nigeria have even published his photo. Lying down on the highway.

          I don’t know much about economics but I know that one way to solve this economic destruction is to stop the nonsense CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME campaign. It is too shameful. Chief Afe Babalola wrote letter yesterday to tell Lai Muhammed that the idea of the campaign was stolen from his own client who came to discuss it with Lai Muhammed.

          How can change begin with me when the Minister who is saying so has stolen another man’s intellectual property? It is better to cancel the campaign. It will save Nigeria a lot of shame if it is cancelled first thing tomorrow. Many people who want to steal money will have nothing to steal again from making T-shirts and radio jingles at billions of Naira.

          Even President Buhari’s speech at the launching was stolen from President Barack Obama too.
          Too much stealing has spoilt the CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME CAMPAIGN. Just cancel it right now.

          • Kammy

            OLD BOY, IT IS CALLED ECONOMIC RECESSION. WHICH ONE IS ECONOMIC DESTRUCTION?

          • princegab

            You are not even talking of the economy but about trifles. ” change begins with me ” and WAI, are absolutely trivialities. Lai knows it. The two odiotic campaignswere meant to shift blame to the followership but as always, it’s our leadership that is rotten.

          • Mufu Ola

            Are u serious with yourself? Why would a suicide seeker lie down on Owerri expressway ” for days” instead of going inside his room & hang himself? Fairy & meaningless tales.

  • going going Yoruba gone

    Chairman of APC United Front, a group in All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, has described as laughable, calls by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign as chairman of the party. Musa, in a statement, said: “The world has seen a more progressive party in APC under Oyegun’s dynamic leadership. Chief Oyegun is not under the influence of a powerful and sinister arm of government or individual. He will never thwart the will of the people.” The Yorubas are falling down falling down—–while the Fulanis attempt to move away from them Yorubas——————————–I laugh—-God Bless the Spirit of Awo-he warned them not to bow to the Fulanis but the mumu Yorubas via Tinubu would not hear—of it—–now Nko? Oyegun has been assured———nothing on earth would remove him from power——————-He was able to see the President—U Tinubu nko—the message is that u are a thief and he Buhari would not want to associate with rogues-like u

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  • AmenWolf

    Cry baby thiefnubu over to you! Oyegun said you can’t remove him IB the pages of newspapers so call a meeting of the NEC and order them to remove Pa Oyegun if you have the power. Haaa Thiefnubu! How are the mighty fallen! Chai!