- There are allegations that John Odigie-Oyegun, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) planned to foil President Muhammadu Buhari's 2019 re-election bid
- Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo state, made such accusation through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri, Imo state capital
- Okorocha said that the massive defection of some members of the party in the National Assembly had been planned long before it eventually happened
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Sunday, July 29 alleged that the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) John Odigie-Oyegun.there planned to foil President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.
Okorocha made this accusation before newsmen in Owerri, through Sam Onwuemeodo, his chief press secretary, Vanguard reports.
The governor also said that the APC would have been involved in a deeper crisis, if Odigie-Oyegun had continued as the national chairman of the party. Okorocha referred to Oyegun as an undemocratic leader for aspiring to continue as APC's national chairman in the name of tenure elongation.
Okorocha said: “With certain scenarios that have played out within the fold of All Progressives Congress, APC, at the moment and in less than one month after the National Convention of the party, it is obvious that the emergence of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman has saved the party from an impending catastrophe.
“With the unfolding developments in the party, the story would have been very nauseating if there was no National Convention and if Adams Oshiomhole had not emerged as the National Chairman of the party.
"It can also be argued that some of the proponents of tenure elongation were innocently doing so without having an overview of the entire disturbing picture behind the scheming for elongation of tenure. All these defections, as we all could see, were never planned in the past few weeks. The coming of Oshiomhole just forced the cat out of the bag.
"With the events too, leaders of the party could now see the wisdom in jettisoning the clamour for tenure elongation for the Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee, NWC, members, and opting for a National Convention to elect new officers.
“In the circumstance, those who opposed the elongation stuff and insisted on Convention should now be commended. One could easily imagine what would have been the case if the party had allowed the Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC to continue and what would have happened at the party’s primaries especially that of presidency.
“What is happening in the party now could not have been planned and executed within these few weeks Oshiomhole took over as the National Chairman of the party. Rather, his coming only altered the plan of those who wanted to destroy APC to serve personal interests.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that governors in Nigeria elected on the platform of the APC would be meeting in Abuja, the capital of the country, to brainstorm on the best strategy to counter the mass defections that had hit the party.
NAIJ.com gathered from a source which said: “More than 20 governors would attend and they have a strong agenda which is to ensure that there would be no ripple effects in the states where we all know the bulk of the problem lies.
“And you know what governors can do; they are all out to fight back because the fight is mostly at the state level; Buhari will definitely defeat whoever the PDP would field as candidate."
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