APC Crisis: Oyegun attacks Tinubu, says ex-Lagos governor’s allegations “reckless and baseless”


The National Chairman of the governing All progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has formally replied a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who accused him of fraud and dictatorship in his handling of the party’s affairs.

Mr. Oyegun said Mr. Tinubu’s public letter contained “reckless falsehood.”

The national chairman issued a statement on Friday in which he attempted to respond to all the allegations raised by the former Lagos State governor.

Read below the full statement by Mr. Odigie-Oyegun:


The outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2016 Ondo State Governorship Primary Election has led to disagreements among some Party stakeholders in the state and at the national level. The ripples from the controversy over the election have unfortunately dragged our great party on to the front pages of newspapers for the wrong reasons.

Recently, the media office of Bola Tinubu falsely and recklessly accused me of corruption, rigging the outcome of the 2016 Ondo State APC governorship election primaries and overruling the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) “vote” on the 2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee Report.

In view of the misinformation and false reports that have been fed to the media and that have pervaded the public space, there is need to set the records straight. Below are factual responses to the salient points and allegations made by the media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement.


The media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement alleged that I overruled the NWC’s vote of “six against five” in favour of cancelling the primary election results and conducting another primary.


According to the minutes of the 18th emergency meeting of the APC NWC held from Monday 19th September 2016 to Thursday 22nd September, 2016 at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, there was absolutely no meeting which I chaired that voted in the manner alleged. Clearly, the report on which the media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu acted was a figment of someone’s wild imagination.

On Thursday 22nd September, 2016 being the final day for submission of candidate by Political Parties, the NWC discussed the possibility of voting having finished deliberation on the2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee Report because members in support of cancelling the Primary results were still strident in their position.

A member of the NWC however drew the attention of the meeting to its previous decision in which the report of the Primary Election Committee was adopted while the Appeal Committee was set aside. The implication of this decision he reasoned was that a decision to submit the name of the winner of the primary election was already taken unless the NWC will now wish to reconsider its earlier decision.

I agreed with this and ruled that the previous decision of the NWC be upheld.


The media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement also alleged that the names of “over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors”.


The Ondo State approved delegates list was compiled in strict compliance with the Party’s constitution. Only qualified delegates were included in the list. Moreso, none of the aspirants or the Appeal Committee has submitted to NWC a list of delegates who were not qualified to be included in the delegates list but were listed as delegates or presumed qualified delegates who were not included in the delegates list used for the Primary.


The media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement alleged that I used a “prayer interlude” which I initiated to “secretly excuse” myself from the NWC meeting to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the candidate of the Party.


The allegation is high fiction and an insult to the intelligence and sensibility of the respected NWC members present at the meeting. We do not and have never engaged in prayer interludes/sessions outside the usual opening and closing prayers. The prayer that is being referred to must be the closing prayer for the meeting.


The media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement accused me of bribery and corruption over the outcome of the Ondo State APC governorship election primaries.“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 statement issued by media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu read.


This reckless and baseless corruption allegation levelled against me is unfortunate and an insult to my person and my hard-earned reputation which I have strongly maintained. Nobody has the kind of money that can buy my conscience or make me do injury to an innocent man. In all the primaries conducted under my watch as National Chairman, I have strived to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible process. The 2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election was not an exception. There must be internal democracy in the Party and our constitution must be respected by all.


The Party’s NWC decision to reject the 2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee Report was taken on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in executive session after careful and exhaustive deliberations. The minutes and rejection were confirmed by the NWC on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The NWC in its four-point resolution rejected the Appeal Committee’s recommendation on the grounds that the report was fundamentally and fatally flawed. The NWC observed that the Appeal Committee contradicted itself when it admitted in its report, “In making the above recommendations one is not unmindful of the fact that there may have been substantial compliance in the conduct of the exercise.” but still proceeded to recommend the nullification of the Primary election.

The NWC in its four-point resolution faulted the failure of the Appeal Committee to invite the National Secretariat as the custodian, to authenticate or otherwise the source of the disputed delegates list. Also, the Appeal Committee did not invite the Chairman or members of the Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee to clarify issues relating to the allegation of manipulation of the accreditation process. The Appeal Committee rather relied totally on unsubstantiated evidence(s) in the petitions it received to recommend the nullification of the Primary. This is against the principle of natural justice and fair hearing.

The NWC equally observed a serious contradiction in the Appeal Committee’s report in respect of the number of the accredited delegates. Whereas the Primary Election Committee’s report indicated that 2,774 delegates were accredited, the Appeal Committee’s report erroneously recorded it as those who voted in the election, thereby acting under the false impression that there was over voting in the exercise. The actual total number of votes cast was 2,754, as clearly recorded in the Primary Election Committee’s report.

The issue of fresh primaries did not arise as NWC had already rejected the Appeal Committee’s report in view of the stated flaws and upheld the election. In any case, any fresh primary was already time barred. By the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), all governorship primaries and issues related ended on September 19, 2016.

Also, voting on the issue became unnecessary and never took place in view of the NWC’s rejection of the Appeal Committee’s report.

The foregoing are facts backed by the minutes approved by all NWC members that attended the meetings held in respect of 2016 Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee Report.

It needs to be stated categorically that the NWC is confident that the Chairman of the Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, Abubakar Badaru, Executive Governor of Jigawa State conducted a credible and exemplary exercise. We indeed commend the Governor and his team for their transparency and the free and fair manner the primaries was conducted.

Going forward, I appeal very passionately to leaders and members of the Party at all levels to explore internal dispute resolution mechanisms in addressing their perceived grievances instead of resorting to the media to vent their spleen.

There are enormous challenges in delivering on the Party’s 2015 election promises to Nigerians. On the immediate horizon is the task of winning the governorship election in Ondo state. We cannot afford to be distracted by the present contentions.

I wish to assure Party members that despite the media attention that has been generated by the disagreements in the aftermath of the 2016 Ondo State Governorship Primary Election, the Party is focused on the task ahead and we urge our Party leaders and teeming supporters to also remain calm. The Party has already commenced wide consultations with stakeholders with a view to resolving the political differences that still exist. Hurling brickbats cannot help the cause of the party in any way.

The APC national leadership remains united and solidly committed to the task of winning the Ondo state governorship election to save the people of the state from the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


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  • x-solution

    Nigerians should not fight themselves in regret for voting for APC illiterates.
    What Nigerians should do is to vote against anything BUHARI or BOLA TINUBU.
    Anybody these two creatures put foward must also be rejected as a useless person.

    • Sunday OGUNKANMI

      ,,,,and then embrace your Perdition Democratic Party? You are a huge joke.

    • Mufu Ola

      So that your rogue brothers will come back & finish off Nigeria. Right?Majority of Nigerians are not as dumb as u people. Wait for 2019!

  • Bayo

    Shame on you oyegun.
    You’re now a tool in the hand of the sultan and northern elements. That is why you ensured a Christian didn’t not become a governor in Kogi state.

    • Dagashhh

      Is that your new line of argument now? hahahahaha!!

  • Folahan

    This man ought to keep silent. For the fact that Tinubu aided him to that sit and also aided the president to that sit, they owe him their respects. even if tinubu goofed by attacking him publicly, he still ought to have stayed silent. Well i wish buhari and his supporters well. The mistake they are making is that they dont seem to understand that yoruba across the south west are watching the show with interest. It seems they feel that its good to betray those that helped them to power. I guess its about time the south west starts to call for restructuring the country.

    • Darlington

      Insufferable hypocrite! Yorubas have missed the road again. Igbos are having the last laugh.

  • S.T.D


    APC promotes illiteracy. All Nigerians saw that fact in Lagos state under Alhaji Raji Fashola and Bola Tinubu. Under their misrule, Lagos students scored a constant failure rate of 80% in WASC examination every year since 1999. Illiteracy and Islamism make a deadly mix for implosion anywhere in the world.

    APC’s Islamism means the party does not accept the first principle of democracy; which is “equality of humanity“.
    Rather, APC annunciates Muslims as superior to non-Muslims and thereafter progresses its decidedly fascist
    ideology to say, openly, that regardless of merits, Muslims are and must dominate Nigeria.

    APC is not a political party. APC is an Islamist Jihad.

  • Dagashhh

    If we must tell the truth, let us tell the whole truth? Can Tinubu insult and ridicle a northerner the way he tends to do to southerners? First it was Emefiele that he called to resign on the pages of newspapers and now Oyegun. Some people are now saying that he is being humiliated but I say it’s a lie! Tinubu WILL BE HUMILIATED but it has not started yet. I remember him boasting after the election through his shit-coloured teeth that “I will drink from Niger-Delta oil”. I hope he has ordered for a strong bleach to clean his teeth now that he is about to drink from the nationwide oil!

    • Sir Demo

      Here goes one of the goblins again

  • excel

    Someone need to call this man to order before he was push to destruction. his action and character has shown his tired and weak to lead party anymore, but has to do the unthinkable to satisfy those that has compromised him. History will not forgive oyegun.

  • serubawon70

    deleted as spam

  • efada acha

    Oyegun is economical with truth when it comes primaries. How did the present governor of benue state came to be APC flag bearer?


    A higher power is behind Oyegun, I see no reason for his brazen attitude of late. I might not like Tinubu but this is no way to treat a man whose idea brought about APC, the party should tread carefully before they destroy it….

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      that Muhamadu Buhari will fight corruption. – even when contrarily he’s romancing fraud and theft.

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    • You are worse than a dunce. Who are the people that contested the primaries in Ondo state? Are they not all Yorubas? Has Oyegun or your so called “higher power” imposed a none Ondo person on Ondo state? If Tinubu truly claims to be the leadership of the party why overtly sponsoring a candidate in the primaries? Why should Tinubu use the media to demand the removal on the chairman of their party at a time the party was facing a tough election in Edo state? Why couldn’t he table such a sensible request during a meeting of the executive of the party? Tinubu did the same thing to Kachikwu during the fuel crisis when he issued a similar press release demanding his resignation. Tinubu needs to be more matured.

      • POPPINS

        Idi*t you re a bigger dunce , fo*l.

    • blackdove

      But it is okay for Tinubu to disrespect a man of Oyegun’s age and pedigree? Listen to Oyegun’s statement and listen good. Nobody has enough money in this world to buy his conscience and that is where Tinubu has problems with him.

    • Taiwo

      You know, this country has no sense of history. It’s all about now.

  • Prof bams

    Mr chairman sir I will like to state that as much as we want change of government in ondo state we are not desperate to vote a party whose house is divided against its own self because that house cannot stand the test of time. We may be under misrule in ondo state but nationally we are under a greater misrule by your party sir. I therefore advice that your party
    sets its house in order before dreaming of taking over power in ondo state.

    • No Comment

      “While the DSS head is from his hometown, Daura, the others are also almost all Northerners
      and overwhelmingly Muslims. In spite of public opinion, BUHARI replaced the immediate past
      Inspector-General of Police, a Southerner, with a Northerner, an assistant inspector-general
      whose ascension induced the retirement in one fell swoop of 21 DIGs and AIGs who were
      senior to him.

      This is beyond absurdity.
      We declare emphatically that this is corruption. It is wrong to view stealing of government funds
      as the only form of corruption. A former member of House of Representatives, Junaid Muhammed,
      alleges that not only is Buhari sectional in his appointments, several appointees are actually his
      relatives. Nigerians did not vote against the Jonathan administration’s impunity for corruption,
      only to be assaulted with another pernicious impunity for cronyism.”

      .………..The Punch newspaper Editorial

      [August 1st, 2016)

  • Rommel

    About the Bola Tinubu started acting like a grown up, enough of these feminine acts

    • Christopher

      Shut up Rommel. Tinubu has always been your lord and personal idol. Remember to invite your fellow comrades( keu4success, Dele Awogbeoba, holy wahala) tell them the chicken has finally come home to rooat

    • sab

      Good morning Rommel, have you waken up from sleep?

      • Rommel

        Irrespective of how I feel about this matter,Tinubu is a rare breed in Nigerian politics,he remained in opposition all through until opposition formed government at the center,how many of your kinsmen can you point to with such record?

  • Arabakpura

    This is a more mature approach! The worst thing that can happen to a big masquerade like Tinubu is to be unmasked after all his previous spoils, conquories and glories! Tinubu needs to re-fashion so as not to lose all!

  • Comfortkay

    Am sorry for the APC leadership as they drag their party along the path PDP is in right now. There is no point fighting on pages of newspapers, When are our politician going to be matured.

    • Capt

      I find it funny when people expect “APC” to be different from “PDP”. APC is made up of the same bunch of people that have been raping us since word go. How you imagine APC to be some people from another planet that will be different from average Nigerian politicians is funny

  • Es3

    Now, let the party begin…

  • FreeNigeria

    APC has outlived it’s usefulness, which was to kick out PDP. Now they can perish graciously, so new parties of patriots can emerge.

    • Concerned Nigerian


      Why BUHARI is a let down before God and Man

      President Muhamadu Buhari is a let down before God and Man.
      He is not educated to be called a man of knowledge. He doesn’t
      hate hate corruption if it is inconvenient for his personal deals
      and pleasure, and so cannot be called an anti-corruption model.

      Muhamadu Buhari
      has not got any single policy right resuming office last year – not in
      choosing a sensible cabinet or in growing Nigeria’s economy which he instead
      worsened into a mess – and so, Muhamadu Buhari can’t be called “competent”.

      So, if Muhamadu Buhari is an incompetent let-down before God and Man;
      dishonest, and aids and abets corruption, how much longer can Nigerians
      bear the presence of such execrable nonsense? That is the next question.

      • henry

        Watch your tongue so that you don’t offend God.That is my peace of advice for you, it is not everything one should comment on and if you must comments leave God out because you don’t know the mind of God.The one you think is right may be wrong before God why the one you think is wrong may be doing what God has assign for him to do.

        • concernednigerian

          He should have adopted a different pseudonym. ‘Concernednigerian’ already exist. Must people be so bereft of creativity?

  • UOU

    Two (2) different brand of criminals, fight and kill yourselves

  • Abidilagungun

    The media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its statement accused me of bribery and corruption over the outcome of the Ondo State APC governorship election primaries.“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.”

    Chief Oyegun, sue him for defamation. That is the right thing to do.

  • I praise the wisdom of Oyegun for waiting till after the Edo election before replying Tinubu. Tinubu should learn to accept defeat, otherwise he should be neutral in future primaries if he is truly a national leader of APC. Both men should sheild the sword now before this degenerates to Yoraba-Edo-Hausa-Fulani war. Fayose and Fani-Kayode are already stoking the fire.

    • Wollex


      APC does not excite Nigerians anymore. Its potentials as a force for good have fizzled.
      That’s why no Nigerian on the street cares for anything going continually wrong in APC.
      APC is not sen as a party of the people but as a party dividing Nigerians into two halves.
      It does not matter if APC explodes or implodes, as far as most Nigerians are concerned.
      The APC party has proved worse than useless in government and latterly ruined Nigeria.

      • Short & Sharp


      • Mufu Ola

        How do u know Nigerians don’t care what goes on in APC? Why are they front page stories then? You just sit in your sitting &engage in fantasy of what people think or not.

      • emmanuel

        Obasanjo has not told us how Nigeria has been divided now more than ever. Old wizard.
        If Yoruba (including Rotimi who live in River state) cannot tolerate Igbos or SS people to rule Nigeria for eight years, let them make do with their humiliation from the foolanis. A Vive President who is not as powerful as the Vice Principal of a Nigerian secondary School is their son.
        Let me put Osinbajo’s handlers on notice – my Driver’s niece freedom from sowing apprenticeship is coming up soon. We want him to be chairman of the occasion

    • emmanuel

      Wetin concern Edo for the battle? It is Yoruba against foolani. We all know the masquerade in this fight.

  • Man_Enough

    why must they wash their linens in the public? all apc members are acting independently.

  • Spoken word

    oyegun is not a garage tout like Tinubu.if tinubu is not happy he should get the hell out of APC.

  • Babrutus

    Whatever the case may be, Obama was right about them.

  • ayi-baba

    Hmmm, elders observe and see ahead. I guess such does not apply to elders in APC. They have climbed ladder and destroy the ladder. Buhari has spoken, yesterday, Oyegun met Buhari and today, he came out to tell Nigerians and APC members what he discussed with Buhari and their verdict. One thing I know is that APC is a goner, it is a matter of time before it is buried.

  • Olusola Rotimi

    That’s the simple reason why most people don’t like to empower other people.

    • emmanuel

      shhhhhh, imposition and empowerment are not the same. Thiefnubu against all sense of democratic reasoning shunned the wish of the genrality of his party men to instal a puppet who he knew is not wealthy and he can influence with his heavy war chest of pecuniary gains from his foray in government.
      Unfortunately, those same people who wanted Ikimi have turned aroud to use Oyegun against him and you are here talking about empowerment.
      He should have bough sowing machine, vulcaniser’s airtank or welding machine for Oyegun.
      Tinubu is a local champion and should restrict himself to SW like Awolowo – period
      Guy, Tinubus predicament is not about neutralising the Yorubas. Afterall, Osinbajo, Fashola and Fayemi are now errand boys, except for the islamist Communication minister who is fervent for his religion and is liked by the jihadist arm of the foolani APC – wonder why OYO PEOPLE ARE NOW CLAMOURING FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON ISLAMIC NEW YEAR DAY, WHEN SUADI ARABIA ABANDONED IT ON OCTOBER 2, 2016

      • princegab

        Die hard wailer

    • George

      WHo empower Tinubu, late Adesina, what did Tinubu repaid him with, insults and degradation.

      When Tinubu became the governor of Lagos State after Funsho Williams was pressurized to withdraw for Tinubu immediately Tinubu got the seat he quickly asked the then AC Leaders to separate Afenifere from AC with that comment alone cause confusion and he Tinubu hijack AC till these days.

      Later he killed Funsho Williams and Adesina also dies for pains and insults due to Tinubu ungratefulness

  • ayobamiba

    I have previously stated that
    GEJ remains a great patriot,the best President Nigeria ever produced. He is loving, compassionate, resourceful, just,fair minded,sincere and truthful. Jonathan’s only sin against Nigeria was to have allowed APC the latitude to fraudulently take power in Nigeria. To me that breach of a fundamental trust of nigerians is unpardonable.
    Fellow citizens, evil can never give birth to good no matter the white Washing. Darkness can never give birth to light ,no matter the pandering, Lies can never turn into truth ,no matter how many times it is repeated. Devil can never become Christ no matter her cunning craftiness.
    APC is a terrible axis of evil,APC is a nest of wickedness ,APC is a convergence of darkness. No amount of media propaganda and conspiracy of silence can change a formidable evil conclave like APC into a progressive house.a marriage of vile whoremongers,homosexuals, prostitutes, murderers, armed robbers,occultists,etc can’t produce salvation .I will forever hold it against GEJ for allowing the budding of the most sophisticated evil and satanic house in Nigeria. As long as APC lives in Nigeria, so long shall Nigeria nation continue to die a slow and steady death in every ramifications. The death and disintegration of APC will bring life back to Nigeria. APC is a death certificate for Nigeria. Just 18 months of APC hold on Nigeria, the unimaginable have happened to this nation, fuel 145 per liter,a bag of rice 22,000, vegetable oil 20,000 for 25 liters,bag of floor 15,000,naira 535 to a dollar,Nigerian citizens being rounded up and murdered in cold blood by herdsmen, elections back to the inglorious days of results writing by inec. Nigeria hotly divided to the marrow.Nigeria on the verge of forceful religious conversion, economy on recession. Buhari about to sell off choice assets of Nigeria to his cronies. What a bad episode for Nigeria. May God Almighty implode,explode and utterly damage this evil APC so that Nigeria shall live again.

    • Ordinary Nigerian

      Go siddon joor.

      • concernednigerian

        But he is making sense more than you’re willing to give him credit for.

  • emmanuel

    There is no one in the APC that is not a questionable character. Oshomole has outperformed Obasanjo in wishy washy election rigging. The NLC comrade of yesteryears has now turned and principal rogue and election rigger. He has run out of what to accuse Okonjo iweala unjustly for.
    Atiku in his usual early riser moves have called them out to 2019 campaign already with his deceitful restructuring mantra – another foolani fraudster

  • Factsay

    Could Tinubu have bribed The Appeal Commitee? Tinubu pls go home and focus on Lagos and ur wife

    • Ordinary Nigerian

      Are you an APC member?

      • Factsay

        Am ordinary nigerian

    • George

      He has no wife because Dino mighty have impregnated Remi by now as promised

  • Taiwo

    It took him almost a month to concoct his story.

  • princegab

    Both men are right, it’s victory for democracy and victory over the pdp.

  • Nuruddeen

    It’s the glaring Nigerians made the greatest mistake of the century the day they adopted the negative party, the APC with negative change offering negative solutions to the challenges of the country. God save Nigeria