Again, APC NWC Confirms Ametuo-led Kogi State Exco as Authentic

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…as Tinubu blasts Oyegun for attending Kogi mega rally
Members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have further reaffirmed the authenticity of the Alhaji Haddy Ametuo-led Kogi state executive committee of the party.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the party’s spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
According to Bolaji; “The NWC has reaffirmed that Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remains the Chairman of the APC in Kogi state until the appropriate organ of the party decides otherwise in accordance with the party’s constitution.”
The meeting of the NWC which lasted for about seven hours was led by the National Chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and was attended by majority of the NWC members.
In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has accused National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun of frustrating reconciliation efforts in the ruling party.
He said the chairman had compounded the challenge of reconciliation by taking “improper unilateral decisions” on issues affecting national and state chapters.
Tinubu added that Odigie- Oyegun had refused to cooperate by delaying the release of information critical to the resolution of crises in state chapters.
The former Lagos State Governor made the observations in a February 21 letter to Odigie-Oyegun titled: “Actions and conduct weakening the party from within”, copies of which were sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Tinubu was appointed by President Buhari on February 6 to reconcile party leaders and political office holders where there are crises.
On February 14, Tinubu visited Odigie-Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the National Secretariat to seek support for the assignment.
Tinubu said while the chairman had allowed the crises in the chapters to fester by his refusal to take appropriate actions, his decision to take some “inappropriate unilateral decisions” in recent times in the affected chapters had created fresh difficulties for the reconciliation process.
Citing Kogi and Kaduna states, Tinubu said Oyegun’s hasty decision to inaugurate a parallel state executive committee for Kogi State and his indifference to the leadership tussle in the Kaduna chapter led to “demolition of property and threat of violence”.
Tinubu said: “Drawing from your behaviour in Kogi, Kaduna and with regard to the state chapter assessment requested, I am led to the inference that you have no intention of actually supporting my assignment.
The former Lagos State governor accused the chairman of “lack of openness and fairness, which have led to internal crisis in some states’, stressing that the principles of internal democracy and the “institutions of the party” have been undermined.
Urging Oyegun to ponder on the imperative of laying a good legacy, Tinubu advised him to change tactics and work within the confines of the party constitution.
Recall that, despite the appointment of Tinubu by President Buhari with a charge to reconcile aggrieved party members nationwide, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, went ahead to announced the constitution of new APC state executive and went further to invite Oyegun to commission a parallel party secretariat along the popular Murtala Muhammed Way, Lokoja, Saturday, 17  February.

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