The All Progressives Congress (APC) United Front on Tuesday asked the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to forget about his call for the resignation of Chief Odigie Oyegun as the APC National Chairman, saying the call was laughable, selfish and an anti-democratic agenda.
According to the APC United Front in a statement by its Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Media Assistant, Alhaji Taiwo Ganiyu, despite the call by Asiwaju Tinubu, Chief Oyegun “will never derail from the path of honour”.
APC United Front in the statement while urging Chief Oyegun ‘to continue with his good work’ described him “as a true democrat, a hard-working, progressive person and leader with credibility, character and calm”.
It also advised Asiwaju Tinubu “not to destroy the party with his selfish and anti-democratic agenda” saying. Chief Oyegun with his leadership qualities, is “a man of honour, integrity and dignity” and that “the world has seen a more progressive party under his dynamic leadership”.
“Chief Odigie Oyegun is not under the influence of a powerful and sinister arm of government. He will never thwart the will of the people. Leadership goes with creativity, sensitivity, compassion, innovation, courage, vision, character, competence, focus, passion, responsibility, self-discipline, service delivery and a very high dosage of patriotism. Oyegun is an embodiment of transparency and accountability” it said.
APC United Front added in the statement that Chief Oyegun has brought “a more dynamic way of administering the affairs of the party” as well as sacrificing his comfort to work tirelessly for the party and for allowing the wheel of democracy to run constitutionally.
“Oyegun is an honest and highly effective leader. He has built a reputation anchored on integrity over the years. He is a fountain of quality advice, inspiration, encouragement and hope. He deserves the biggest thanks for being a team player and using his undivided and thorough leadership style in growing the party”.
While thanking Nigerians at home and abroad for the confidence reposed on Chief Oyegun, the group commended him for the pragmatic steps taken to address the problems emanating from the party’s primaries in Ondo State.
It listed intellectual depth, credible track record, futuristic vision and personal integrity as key requirements for a progressive leader, saying Chief Oyegun gave equal rights and opportunities to members of the APC regardless of status, class and affiliation as well as for bringing about a more dynamic way of administering the affairs of the party, sacrificing his comfort to work tirelessly for the party and for allowing the wheel of democracy to run constitutionally.
The group alleged that it was Chief Oyegun’s commitment to principle in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness as some of the attributes brought him into collusion with Asiwaju Tinubu and others.
On the Ondo guber election primary, the group tagged the decision of the Appeal Panel as selfish, saying, “Oyegun is honest, dedicated, committed, and God fearing. He is a consummate politician, proven administrator and a bridge builder. He is a man of honour, integrity and dignity”.