There seems to be a palpable crisis brewing in the hegemony of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, of allegedly sabotaging his presidential assignment.
In a letter he copied President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Tinubu specifically accused Odigie-Oyegun of contravening the spirit of the discussions both of them had at the party secretariat when the president gave him the assignment of reconciling aggrieved members.
In the letter, dated February 21, 2018, and a copy made available to TheCable, the former governor of Lagos state said:
“Disappointment greeted me when I discovered that you had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of APC”.
He said while Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa states were subjects of his earlier discussion with Oyegun as being the places affected by serious party issues, that Oyegun, however, has “taken it as your own personal ambition to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states.”
He said: “While this may place you insignificant affinity with those parallel officials you handpicked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi or at the national level.”
Tinubu said Odigie-Oyegun apparently seeks “to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner”.
He directed Odigie-Oyegun to, without delay, “make available to me the status reports and all the pertinent information regarding the state chapters without further delay”.