Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports of bribery allegations, purportedly levelled against the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by governors elected on the platform of the party.
“The publication is a figment of the imagination of the author. We in Edo State, have been able to read the statement of the governors and the national chairman and there was no spelt-out allegation or call for resignation,” State Publicity Secretary of the party, Godwin Erhahon, said, yesterday.
According to the report, the eight APC governors, including Governor Adams Oshiomhole, were alleged to have held a meeting with the national chairman, where they expressed their displeasure over his collection of gifts “from Senator Bukola Saraki before the election,” while he pretended to be in support of the party’s decision to cede the Senate Presidency to Senator Ahmed Lawan.
Erhahon stressed that the state chapter of the party had assessed the outcome of the meeting, which he said did not border on the said allegation.
“In any case, who can bribe the national chairman and what for? The emergence of the current Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives was something that was not expected. It took everybody by surprise and the governor took his own position.
“Everybody is also aware that President Mohammadu Buhari told everyone to calm down and ensure that the matter was not allowed to break the party. So, at what level will bribery come in?”