Why I was at the Presidential Villa – Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has said he never had any meeting with former factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi disclosed this in a statement Friday in Abuja.

What happened:

There had been reports that the APC chairman held a meeting with Sheriff and Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Oyegun’s denial:

Abdullahi said:

  • Oyegun was at the Presidential Villa but only met the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
  • He was not aware Osinbajo was holding a meeting with Vice-President Osinbajo.

He said, “Following Thursday’s visit of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to the Aso Rock Villa, the attention of the Party has been drawn to surprising speculations in some sections of the media on the visit.

“For the records, the APC National Chairman only met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. He was not aware neither was he part of the reported meeting between the Vice President, H.E. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN and a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

“The APC National Chairman did not visit the vice president on the day in question and has equally not met Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in over two years”.

According to the party, “linking the APC National Chairman’s visit to the Aso Rock Villa to media reports of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s plans to join the APC is an effort to cause confusion and disaffection in the Party in Borno State. It should be noted that the membership of the APC is negotiated at the ward level of intending entrants, irrespective of status.

“The Party hereby calls on its members, stakeholders and indeed the general public to disregard the speculative report”.

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