The All Progressives Congress, APC, is set to engulf itself into a leadership feud, as top members of the party are currently pushing for the dismissal or resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun. The Authority has confirmed.
It was reliably gathered that officials of the party, have succeeded in forcing Oyegun to embark on a 10 day leave, a move which has doused tension among party heavy weights, as his opponents insist that he must not return to his seat after the break.
This development has grounded activities at the APC National Secretariat as all the members of the National Working Committee, NWC, have continued to stay away from their offices.
Post-Nigeria gathered that Oyegun had since fallen out with top members of the party, APC governors, as well as APC legislators, over his leadership style.
A top source who pleaded anonymity told Post-Nigeria that Oyegun’s decision to submit the name of Yahaya Bello, as the party’s new candidate for the Kogi governorship supplementary poll, against James Faleke, the preferred candidate of the National Leader of the Party, Bola Tinubu, may have heightened the call for his removal.
It was reported that Oyegun was forced to proceed on a compulsory leave to pave the way for the resolution of the feud, but his critics have insisted that he must not return to the seat after the expiration of the holidays.
Oyegun, however, has debunked the claims, stressing that he was proceeding on a 10-day leave to have some rest as demanded by his doctors after a hectic period of activities since he emerged as the APC national chairman.
“I have been chairman for how long now? Going to two years, and it has been a very intense period building the party and a very intense period putting the government together up to this point.
“All that has happened is that I think I deserve a bit of a break and that will start effective Monday and in my absence my deputy here, Chief Segun Oni, will cover my beat. It is that simple, it is that straightforward.
“Any speculation about not being in office is of no consequence. On Tuesday, I was down with malaria; I managed on Wednesday to attend that crucial meeting at the Presidency; yesterday I had to go to the hospital just to be sure and today I am at work, full stop. Oyegun maintained.
However, a staff member of the APC National Secretariat, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen in confidence that, “all the national officers are staying away, because they do not want to answer questions as regards the running of the party.”
Another source who raised concerns over the future of Oyegun as the national chairman of the party, revealed that the acting national chairman, Chief Oni, has already moved into Oyegun’s office, saying, “that is an indication that the APC chairman might not come back, because if he is acting as chairman, he is supposed to do that from his own office, not Oyegun’s office.”
The APC National Caucus is expected to meet on Tuesday, March 22, ahead of the March 23, Board of Trustees, BOT, meeting, while the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, is billed to meet on March 24 to tackle most of the crises facing the party.