APC will reclaim Adamawa State – Oyegun

APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party would reclaim the Adamawa State despite the court’s judgement ordering the swearing-in of the state deputy governor, Bala Ngilari, as new governor.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday ordered that Mr. Ngilari be sworn in to complete the tenure of the impeached governor, Murtala Nyako.

The court also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to go ahead with the October 11 governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the judgement, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said apart from the rigours of campaign the APC went through, the party is okay with the development because it would eventually reclaim the state from the PDP.

He said the party is confident that the ousted governor, Murtala Nyako, who is an APC member, would emerge victorious in the case he filed against his removal from office.

“By the ruling, the court has restored constitutionality. It has ruled that the deputy governor did not properly resign. That is stage one. The stage number two is whether the governor was properly removed from office or not,” Mr. Odigie-Oyegun told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

“We’re awaiting the judgement on the suit the governor instituted challenging his impeachment and we are very, very hopeful we are taking the state back. I’m not the court but I’m hopeful. So, we are not unhappy about the judgement, the only regret is the stress we have gone through campaigning.”

The APC national chairman said the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, who later became the acting governor, Umaru Fintiri, was “greedy and over-ambitious,” hence he breached the laws to get Mr. Nyako out.

He stressed, “What happened was as a result of the greed and over-ambition of a legislator who decapitated a government so that he can become governor, in connivance of his party, the PDP.

“The breaches in trying to impeach the governor were so clear. It was a question of excessive ambition and the constitutional errors.”

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said he was already at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja waiting to board a flight to Yola, the Adamawa State capital for the party’s campaign finale when he heard the news of the court judgment asking Mr. Ngilari to take over.

He added, “We had to come back as there was no point travelling anymore and now everybody who was in Adamawa for the campaign is being recalled.”


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  • MOG Jimmy

    When was APC voted into office in Adamawa State please? Do you reclaim what never existed?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      I can’t recollect you guys stating that what Mr. Fintiri did was not only “illegal”, but an outright civilian coup supported by Aso Rock!

      I just can’t wait to see how PDP would react to a similar treatment being meted out to Fayose post October 2014.

      • Chima

        @Kay Soyemi, What does the constitution say about the fate of an impeached political office holder contesting an election. Does the constitution bar him from contesting an election?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          It does bar him / her from holding public office.

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Yes, it does bar him until he seeks state pardon, which he never done before going into election.

      • Chintua

        Taking the mandate given to Nyako under PDP by the people of Adamawa was not a coup.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          There was a court hearing chaired by people more competent than you. They did not see things from your myopic and jaundiced view.

          Anything else?

      • Okey

        Camoquin over-dose at work !

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Check out the nearest head shrink!

          It sounds like you are suicidal!!

  • TopeLamas

    Apc is d wish of d pple in Adamawa, even Jonathan cnt oust d wish of d pple in dat state.

  • the truth

    i guess with your lies and smear campaign

    • Factual

      Mr. PDP, where is the truth?

  • sparta

    PDP needed to save face. That’s the only reason they got the court to give Bala the governorship. They were going to lose woefully on saturday.
    Adamawa people have smelt PDP fear. It is only victory delayed for APC. Come February APC and Buhari fever will sweep them away.

  • alams

    PDP in adamawa lack credible candidates. That’s their new dilema. Ribadu is a liability and has lost every ounce of credibility. Tukur is worse. Gundiri na wahala. Marwa is in urgent need of financial rehabilitation. No credibility

  • Truth

    Keep on dreaming. Cry cry baby. This is time for rethinking. This boat is sinking fast. Amaechi will soon leave office. Free money from rivers will also cease.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Don’t worry Mr. Chairman APC will soon take over Adamawa and Nigeria at large.

    • Okodoro

      At last, Boy.