- The crisis rocking the ruling APC took a new twist on Friday, February 16
- A group, Buhari/APC anti-corruption support group, stormed EFCC and demanded immediate probe of the APC national chairman, John Oyegun
- But the party's spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, said that the group was wrong to have engaged in street protests in Abuja
The crisis in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) took a new twist on Friday, February 16, with a bloc that wants the embattled national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun out of the office taking his case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Nigerian Tribune reports that a group which tagged itself, the “Buhari/APC anti-corruption support group”, Oyegun’s opponents stormed the EFCC on Friday, February 16, with a petition accusing the national chairman of corruption.
NAIJ.com gathered that the protest at the EFCC secretariat was part of a well coordinated plot ahead of the meetings of the national caucus and the National Executive Committee fixed for the 26 and 27 February 2018.
A party source told Tribune that the petition taken to the EFCC was a follow up to a recent protest memo addressed to the national chairman of the party by its six zonal chairmen.
Carrying several placards with the inscriptions, “EFCC must probe Oyegun now!” “Audit APC’s account now’’, and “Oyegun is killing the anti-corruption policy of Buhari,” members of the group asked the anti-graft agency to probe the accounts of the ruling party.
Leader of the group, Ishola Adeshina, further alleged that Oyegun had been running the accounts of the party without a recourse to majority of national officers of the party.
Reacting to Friday’s development, the national publicity secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi told Tribune on the telephone that the national working committee was “not miffed” as he noted that it was within the right of the petitioners to demand for accountability on the finances of the party.
He, however, submitted that they were wrong to have engaged in street protests in Abuja.
He said: “I haven’t seen the petition. But if they are asking for a probe of the national working committee, I don’t have any objection. But there is a laid down procedure in the party for demanding for accountability, not street shows.
‘’Whoever has grievances should bring it to the National Executive Committee; don’t forget that the national working committee is subordinate to NEC.
"There is a NEC meeting slated for 27th of this month, let them bring it (the petition) to NEC and it will be discussed, accordingly—not by precipitating violence.’’
The anti-Oyegun camp had lost out last October as members of the NEC passed a vote of confidence in his leadership at the meeting.
In the memo, they accused Oyegun of usurping their functions and of alleged financial misdeeds.
In the petition dated January 17, 2018 the zonal chairmen alleged that the income and expenditure of the party had never been brought to the consideration and approval of the NWC.
The chairmen further argued that ‘’issues about the finances of the party, have been shrouded in secrecy, saying “Article 14b (iii) of the party’s constitution on finances has been grossly abused since the inception of this body.
"The state of the financial affairs of the party is shrouded in secrecy and lacking in transparency such that it makes it virtually impossible for members of the National Working Committee to authoritatively defend the various expenditure and incomes.”
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Those who signed the petition were chief Pius Akinyelure (southwest), Comrade Mustapha Salihu (northeast), Alhaji Zakari Idde (northcentral), Inuwa Abdulkadir (northwest), Hon. Emma Eneukwu (southeast) and Ntufam Hilliard Eta (south-south).
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the All Progressives Congress (APC) reconciliation and confidence building team, met with the party's national chairman, John Odigie Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC).
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