- A chieftain of the All progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party is divided
- The chieftain also said the president is running Nigeria under a divided party
- Charles Idahosa also described the national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, as a weak leader
An All progressives Congress chieftain has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is running Nigeria with a divided party.
The chieftain Charles Idahosa who was a former commissioner of information said the APC under the leadership of John Oyegun is weak.
Idahosa speaking with Independent newspaper, said Nigerians need to understand that the APC is currently divided.
He said: "How do you explain a situation where APC as the ruling party has majority in the National Assembly yet it could not influence who became Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives?
“The people the party wanted lost out in both chambers and a member of the opposition (Ike Ekweremadu) is Deputy Senate President today. From this, you can see that the leadership of the APC has failed us woefully. We have not been able to put our house in order. But I don’t think the president has chosen to remain silent on the report. Very soon, I am sure action will be taken on it.
“We have a situation where Dino Melaye, an APC senator from Kogi state is fighting the state governor, another APC member to a standstill and the party cannot move in and call them to other. It is very embarrassing. We will only be deceiving ourselves if we say the party is not divided.
“The APC is in tatters and the leadership is so weak. Look at the issue of Timi Frank, the deputy national publicity secretary. The national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, became a Minister, everyone expect his deputy to have taken over from him but they went and brought another man (Bolaji Abdullahi) as his replacement."
According to him, the party's national chairman Oyegun is not doing the job he was elected to do. Idahosa said Oyegun is playing to the tune of the powers that be so he can keep his job.
“When we say APC leadership under Oyegun is weak, we know what we are talking about. I am older than Oyegun in politics. When I joined the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in 1980, Oyegun was still in civil service. The fact that you become national chairman does not make you superior or make you think you have more experience than others.
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“I know Oyegun very well. He is a Benin man like me. He is not old enough to be my father; the highest he can be is my senior brother and I am very close to his younger brother because we all went to school together. Because I know him does not mean I will now lie and say he is doing well. He is not performing well as national chairman. He is not doing the job he was elected to do. He went on a platform to become national chairman, now that he is there, he is now running to powers that be in order to secure his job. That is what is called sycophancy. He is now a friend of the president. The president didn’t bring you. The president did not bring his vice, Prof. Osinbajo. Everybody in that cabinet was brought by one respective leader or another," he said.
Idahosa stated that instead of seeking practical ways to ensure APC remains the ruling party in 2019, all Oyegun is ‘Buhari must re-contest; ‘ I will fast and pray to make sure Buhari runs again’.
He said he hates sycophants, adding “Buhari has a right to decide whether to seek re-election or not. What will Oyegun do if Buhari says I am not running?"
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had appealed to an ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Fani-Kayode while making the appeal said the APC is a dying party and is in disunity.
He also called on the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, to also return to the PDP.
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