Unease In APC As Oyegun Embarks On Vacation

John Odigie-OyegunReports that national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun will soon embark on a month-long vacation has reignited rumors within the governing party that he is being eased out.
The vacation, which is novel in Nigeria’s political parties’ history, is said to be a way of easing out Mr. Odigie-Oyegun with dignity, so as to end the internal squabbles in the party.
The APC has been having a running battle with uniting its members since the party cruised to an historic victory over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential elections.
The internal strife deepened last June when Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerged as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively, against the preferred candidates of the party.
Some of the allegations against Oyegun, who became national chairman in June of 2014, include his inability to handle serious issues like the National Assembly leadership tussle.
Top party chieftains, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, APC National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu; former interim national chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande; Saraki and Oyegun himself, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed-doors at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.
Citing sources that monitored the meeting, Daily Trust reports that Oyegun’s case was discussed.
Party sources said yesterday that the chairman may be given an important board appointment so as to make his exit honourable.
Rumors that Mr. Oyegun may be eased out further received credence with his absence at the party’s National Secretariat yesterday but Deputy National Chairmen South and North, Engr. Segun Oni and Senator Lawal Shuaibu respectively, later debunked the speculations as untrue.
Reacting to the reports, Senator Shuaibu told Daily Trust that the report should be ignored.
“He wanted to go and see his doctor and also have some rest since last week but could not do that because of the many challenges posed by the various litigations”, Shuaibu said.
Reacting, Engr. Oni simply said, “He has not yet gone on leave. Even if he goes on leave, I don’t think it will be that long”.

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