APC Crisis: Buhari Meets With Oyegun After Tinubu’s Letter

APC Crisis: Buhari Meets With Oyegun After Tinubu's Letter
File photo: President Buhari and Mr Oyegun

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Mr Oyegun declined to brief State House correspondents on his mission to the President but some of those who saw him said he walked briskly out of the Villa on Friday.

The APC Chairman’s visit may not be unconnected to the letter written to him by one of the party leaders, Senator Bola Tinubu, who accused him of sabotaging his reconciliation assignment in the party.

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President Buhari, as well as the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, Mr Tinubu, were copied in the letter.

The President had appointed Mr Tinubu on February 6 to resolve disagreements among APC members, party leadership and political office holders in the country.

The APC Governors’ Forum had also commended the appointment, saying it was a welcome development that would help to strengthen the party.

Tinubu, however, claimed that Oyegun has personal qualms with him and accused him of seeking to undermine his mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics.

The letter read in part: “My position was and is that we can only restore the party by resolving its current deficiencies in an unbiased, neutral manner that allows us to strengthen our internal democracy by annealing those internal institutions and processes vital to such internal fairness. I stated this position then and still hold to it with all sincerity.

“Yet, disappointment greeted me when I discovered out that you had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of the APC. As a party, we have strived to be the best, present hope for the nation…

“In our discussion, you personally mentioned Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa States as places afflicted by serious party issues. Given your assessment, these were states where I believed cooperation between you and I should have been intense and detailed. Instead, you have taken it as your personal mission to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states.”

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