The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has dispelled rumours that had been making the rounds of his impending exit as the national chairman of the party owing to alleged ‘internal strife’ and inability to handle serious issues like the national assembly leadership tussle among others.
In an address to journalists at the secretariat, Oyegun in company of some party officials, dispelled the rumours.
“I have been chairman for how long now? going to two years, and it has been a very intense prior building the party and a very intense period putting government together up to this point. All that has happened is that I think I deserve a bit of a break and that will start effective Monday and in my absence my deputy here, Engr Segun Oni will cover my beat. It is that simple, it is that straightforward. Any speculation about not being in the office is of no consequence.
“On Tuesday, I was down with malaria, I managed on Wednesday to attend that crucial meeting at the presidency, yesterday I had to go to the hospital just to be sure and today I am at work, full stop. So please, please, please I know the press is supposed to be imaginative and steer the news but not when there is really nothing to steer. It is that simple.”
When asked how long the break would last and the reason for Wednesday’s meeting at the villa with party stalwarts, he said: “Ten working days (two weeks). So if you start counting from Monday, you should know when I’ll be back and the meeting on Wednesday has such important national issues that chairman or no chairman position has nothing to do with such serious national issues of national importance, which a very serious and select group like that was put together to address so nothing as mundane as whether the future of the chairman is in doubt or not.”