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We Acknowledge Tinubu’s Contribution To APC’s Success, But Other People Also Contributed And They Want To Be Relevant In The Party – Oyegun

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Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described those accusing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of tardiness as being unfair. He also noted that not only party leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu contributed to the success of the party in the last election and therefore it was only normal that they want a sense of relevance within the system.

“Like I always say, we are not talking of 16 years, we are talking of over 50 years. Since independence, this country has been ruled by the same tendencies. So, it is good to go with deliberate speed, deliberate steps, make as few mistakes as you can  in the appointment that will come,” Oyegun told Vanguard in an interview.

“So, I think that process is nearing the end now. As you can see, appointments are being rolled out, the activities people thought were slow are taking place, even the implementation of some aspects of the program of the party that we promised are already underway. I think all that is left now is the list of the ministerial appointees and it will come out anytime from now and we will be up and running. So, there is the need for us to be cautious, given the fact that this is our first experience in governance,” he said.

Oyegun said he has heard speculations that politicians from the North are aligning ahead of 2019. “If that is true, it makes me very, very sad indeed because these people are playing god. We still have almost four years to go and people are already posturing for 2019; is something between them and their Creator.

“Like I said earlier, we have a pact with the Nigerian people in the next four years, and what concerns us today is to work to justify their confidence; 2019 will take care of itself. If we don’t start working now to make us a desirable party in 2019, then all the playing god, all the posturing would have come to nothing; so we are concentrating as a party and I can say Mr. President is concentrating on the promises we have made to the people and we are not going to be diverted by any individual who may be playing god by posturing for 2019.”

Commenting on the allegation that some norther leaders in the APC are doing their best to make National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu less visible despite his work to ensure the party won the 2015 elections, Oyegun reminded Nigerians that the APC is an agglomeration of three parties and fractions of others. “As a result, it is quite clear that there are interest groups within the party as it is, and they just want to be relevant to actualize their goals.

“But, again, that will continue, that will not stop in any party, that is always there. And, of course, it is accentuated in a party where independent parties came together to sink their individuality and became one party. So those interests are there, there are pressures from outside, there are power groups within, interest groups within the APC, but I am not aware Tinubu is trying to take over the way you are putting it. And the job of the Chairman is to arbitrate between these interest groups within the party and I think we are managing to do that, but, of course, it is not always that everybody will be happy and satisfied and, again, it is the job of the Chairman to make sure everybody has the sense of belonging in the party.

“People have contributed immensely to the success of the party and Tinubu is one of those people who contributed immensely, there is no question about that; we have to accept that and give all due credit to him, but so did a lot of other people contributed to the success that is the APC today. And all everybody wants is a sense of relevance within the system and that we are determined to provide for all these groups that have created the success that is APC today,” Oyegun said.

 

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  1. jude

    July 26, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Tinubu has been favoured with Osibajo as the VP.He should leave APC to be and stop behaving like the popular Oliver Twist.

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Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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