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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodo, says the greatest mistake the party ever made is having Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as its National Chairman.
Kpodo, who spoke in Yenagoa, said that the way Oyegun had carried on with the affairs of the party after the victory of APC in the elections was an indication that he contributed nothing in the electioneering that led to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He insisted that after the victory, Oyegun could not manage the success of the APC, but instead promoted selfish agenda that threw the party into avoidable crisis.
He said: “Tinubu is one of those who masterminded the victory of the APC. He is the party’s think-tank. It is public knowledge.
“He spent money, struggled and did the brainwork with some of his associates and allies.
“President Muhammadu Buhari also joined the train with his political associates. Their hard work led to the formation of this party.
“With that force, they grabbed power, coupled with the fact that people were tired of PDP because the party was deep into impunity and embezzlement of funds.
“They were collecting money without hinderance and the former President aided them.
“Everybody hoped on APC to change the impunity. APC came and won.
“However, the greatest mistake is the party chairman, Oyegun. He couldn’t manage the success of APC. He failed to handle the party the way it was expected of him.
“Oyegun went to sleep after the victory. He couldn’t engage party stakeholders. He couldn’t wade into crisis and settle disputes quickly. He failed to organise meetings, seminars and other programmes to strengthen the party.
“With what has transpired so far, Oyegun spearheaded the attempts at sidelining Tinubu. Tinubu, who did all the good jobs was sidelined from the government. Nobody heard about him. People became surprised.
“Meanwhile, Oyegun was the one trying to set confusion between Tinubu and Mr. President. He created an impression that they were quarreling.”
He advised Oyegun to stay on his political lane and admire the sagacity of Tinubu if he could not work with him, noting that trying to ignore the former Lagos State governor would spell doom for APC.