The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun says he will respond to Tinubu’s claim on the role he (Oyegun) played in the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
Oyegun who spoke in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday said he would not join issues with Tinubu as he was focused on ensuring the party wins the Edo governorship election.
“Asiwaju is a well respected leader of the APC and as such, I cannot be heard speaking evil against him.
“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.
“But all I can say now is that most of the things said in the papers about me are not true. I have always believed in internal democracy, that the credibility of primary must be taken seriously.”
He added, “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.
“But may be after the Edo elections, after we must have emerged victorious, we may speak on some of the issues raised. 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.”
Tinubu on Sunday accused Oyegun of “political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order”, as he demanded Oyegun stepped down.
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