The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, has described as harsh, the call by the former Lagos State governor, and APC Party Leaders Ahmed Bola Tinubu, for his resignation over the Ondo state gubernatorial primaries.
Oyegun was addressing State House correspondents yesterday, shortly after meeting behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oyegun, however, stressed that he had no rift with Tinubu, saying what happened between them was just a difference of opinion and perception.
“There is no rift with Asiwaju, we have difference of opinion, difference of perception and I think that is normal. Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh.
“The method of getting rid of a national chairman (of a party), if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution, they don’t take place on the pages of newspapers,” he said.
On what he would tell those wondering if the pleasantries he exchanged with Tinubu at Buhari’s biography presentation, on Monday were genuine, he stated: “Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days?
“Why can’t people who have mutual respect for each other have different opinions? All we had was difference of opinions. Yes, it was expressed a bit harshly, but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we’ve worked together for a very long time.”
On whether he would make a u-turn on the primaries since its generating controversies, he said it is only the Independent National Electoral Commission that could do so.
Asked to comment on the recent Edo State governorship poll, he said: “Well, it was a hard fought election that was clear. Two things really, it was more of a referendum first on the performance of the governor.
“Second on the quality of our candidate and most importantly, given the economic situation, it was an opportunity for us to measure the continued popularity and acceptability of our president.”