•APC National Chairman Odigie-Oyegun
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, may have backed out of the party’s national chairmanship race.
A strong supporter of Odigie-Oyegun yesterday told Saturday Telegraph that the APC national chairman told his supporters about the plan after the meeting with them on Thursday.
According to the source, the chairman said there was no reason going against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had on Tuesday asked the governors of APC to throw their weights behind the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for the post of APC national chairman. Oshiomhole, who finished his second term as governor of Edo State, is one of the strong contenders of the position of the APC national chairmanship.
Speaking to our correspondent, the source said whoever that would emerge as APC national chairman must be instrumental to the presidential campaign and since the President has given his support to somebody, it would not be necessary for him to contest even if he will win.
He argued that there wouldn’t be empathy between him and the President if he should run and win the chairmanship position. The source said the chairman considers his personal harmony over every other thing.
The source quoted the chairman as saying, “There has to be personal harmony given all the factors involved. My inclination is to go home after my tenure given my age and all that.”
Continuing, the source said: “The way it is he doesn’t think it is necessary and there is nothing to gain as a person. He prefers to go home and have a rest. Let others run around. He is thinking of allowing Oshiomhole to have his way.” (Saturday Telegraph)