The embattled National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has promised not to join words with the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the former Lagos state governor’s call for his resignation.
Mr. Tinubu had made the call in response to Oyegun’s alleged manipulation of the Ondo APC governorship primary, which was won by Rotimi Akeredolu.
The former Lagos governor, in apparent disgust with happenings in the party under the leadership of Oyegun, for the first time, publicly acknowledged his informal title of ‘national leader’ and also rejected same until the issues he raised are resolved.
In his response to Tinubu’s grouse against him, Oyegun said the former governor is a well-respected leader of the governing party, as such, he would not engage in a public spat with him.
Speaking at a political function in Benin City, the Edo State capital, yesterday, Mr. Oyegun said the governorship election in his home state, coming up tomorrow Wednesday, was his major priority even as he assured that “I don’t joke with my credibility”.
He said: “Asiwaju is a well-respected leader of the APC and as such, I cannot be heard speaking evil against him.
“You know we have a crucial election here in Edo which is my priority right now. I don’t want to lose focus and I know Asiwaju also wants us to win because we all worked hard for this. So may be after the election if there is need, I will speak if there is no need, I will relax”.
The APC chair, however, said most of the things reported about him especially in the media are untrue.
“I have always believed in internal democracy; that the credibility of primary must be taken seriously. I believe that if the primaries of parties are not credible, it may derail any democracy, so I don’t play with these things at all.
“Everybody knows me and I don’t joke with my credibility and I have tried to maintain it. Like I said, Asiwaju is our leader and we all hold him in high esteem, so I will never join issues with him”, he stated.
Mr. Oyegun hinted that after the Edo elections, after the APC must have emerged victorious, he may speak on some of the issues raised by Mr. Tinubu.
“So there is no problem at all. Edo is the focus for now and as you know this is my state, so it is a very serious election for us. So I want to be allowed to remain focused; then after the election we can speak”.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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