by Alexander O. Onukwue
For all the mentions of the crisis in the PDP, it is no gainsaying that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has barely trudged on so far as far as a cohesive unit.
Fraught with internal dissent and diversions in interests, the APC as the party of the Government has not had a good a marriage as the wedding of different oppositions that brought it to power in 2015.
One man who has taken much of the blame for the inability of the Party to function effectively is its Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun. As the first Chairman of the Party, it has not been an easy task negotiating allocations that will aptly satisfy the various interests in a party often divided along ethnic and religious lines.
Following the increasing intensity of expectations for the Anambra Gubernatorial polls holding in three months time, Oyegun’s call for the incumbent Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano, to get ready to pack was met with a direct retort, describing the APC chieftain as “a virus in APC, as he has foisted his regime of lack of internal democracy in the party.” Obiano also taunted Oyegun for being the reason why the ruling party is “prostrate till date”, while being unable to “hold meetings of its crucial organs”.
As though he were offering free political consultancy to whom should be his archrivals going into the November polls, Obiano advised the APC to “quickly” get rid of Oyegun and failure to do so will mean the party is “heading for doom”. And he referenced Bola Tinubu’s perceived dissatisfaction with Oyegun’s management and leadership of the party to prove his point.
By throwing the challenge back to Oyegun, Obiano does not aim to ripple the APC Chairman’s waters but to also put some thoughts into the minds of the APC aspirants for his seat, some of whom will surely agree with the reasoning that Oyegun has his fair share of blame in the problems of the APC.