The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John
Odigie-Oyegun, on Friday responded to allegations levelled against him
by the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

to Punch, Odigie-Oyegun, who, in a statement issued in Abuja, said all
members of the party must respect its constitution, stated that nobody
had the money to buy his conscience.

The media office
of Tinubu, had in a statement issued few weeks ago, accused
Odigie-Oyegun of derailing from the party’s ethos and faulted his role
in the APC governorship primary in Ondo State, which was won by Chief
Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

 The statement had said,
“(Odigie-) Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes
to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake
of a few naira.”

But the national chairman in his
first comprehensive response to Tinubu’s allegations, described the
allegations as reckless and baseless, adding that it was an insult on
his person and hard-earned reputation.

He stated,
“Nobody has the kind of money that can buy my conscience or make me do
injury to an innocent man. In all the primaries conducted under my watch
as national chairman, I have strived to ensure a free, fair,
transparent and credible process. The 2016 Ondo State APC governorship
primary was not an exception. There must be internal democracy in the
party and our constitution must be respected by all.”

also responded to an allegation that he overruled the decision of APC’s
National Working Committee, which reportedly had majority of its
members present voting in favour of cancellation of the result of the

He said that the minutes of the NWC meetings,
which were held from September 19 to September 22, showed that the
committee did not vote in favour of cancellation of the primary as
claimed by Tinubu.

Odigie-Oyegun said the allegation made by Tinubu’s media office “was a figment of someone’s wild imagination.”

said, “On Thursday, September 22, 2016, being the final day for
submission of candidate by political parties, the NWC discussed the
possibility of voting having finished deliberation on the 2016 Ondo
State APC Governorship Primary  Appeal Committee Report because members
in support of cancelling the primary results were still strident in
their position.

“A member of the NWC, however, drew the
attention of the meeting to its previous decision in which the report
of the primary election committee was adopted while the appeal
committee’s was set aside. The implication of this decision, he
reasoned, was that a decision to submit the name of the winner of the
primary election was already taken unless the NWC would now wish to
reconsider its earlier decision.” Read in full

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