Oyegun hails Buhari, wishes Oshiomhole luck as he steps down as APC chairman

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

The outgoing national party chairman of the governing All Progressive Congress of Nigeria (APC), John Oyegun, has described his tenure as fruitful and progressive in spite the challenges the party had during his tenure.

The outgoing chairman in his speech at the ongoing APC National Convention holding in Abuja said it was a privilege to have served as the chairman of the party for four years.

Mr Oyegun said though there were many challenges, tussles and fights within the party, he said the party members fought to agree.

This, he said, has moved the party forward to the point in which it was possible for them to hold a national convention.

He also appreciated the president, Muhammadu Buhari, the vice president Yemi Osinbajo, all the ministers and party members who had worked with him during his tenure.

While thanking them for their cooperation during his four year in service, he said “all of us are actors on this stage, we may have had our chances and in due time, we make our exit.

“Today I am making my exit from the honour that you have bestowed on me to lead you for four year. Phase one of this party is over, phase two is about to begin and it is my hope that at the end of today we will have elected a worthy successor to carry the mantle, battle and leadership of these party.

Mr Oyegun served for four years and wanted to run for a second term. He however stepped down from the race for re-election.

Mr Oyegun, during his withdrawal from the race, said though he had the desire to re-contest as national chairman of the party, he decided that it is ultimately in the best interest of the party for him to withdraw from the race.

His decision paved way for the immediate past governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomole, to be the sole candidate vying for the post.

The APC initially wanted to extend the tenure of the Oyegun-led party executives by a year but later resolved to go ahead with elective congresses and convention after President Muhammadu Buhari sounded a note of warning over the possible consequences of such an action.

The outgoing chairman however wished his successor the very best of luck.

“I wish my successor the very best of luck, and for the rest, we leave to history,” he said.

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