Bola Tinubu, national Political leader of the All progressives Congress (APC), has demanded the resignation of John Oyegun, national chairman of the party.
Tinubu made the demand in a detailed statement he released on Sunday night, following the dispute that heralded the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as candidate of the party in the Ondo state place election.
Akeredolu was declared winner of the Ondo primary on September 3, after he polled a total of 699 votes, prior to Olusegun Abraham, most well-liked candidate of Tinubu, who polled 635 votes.
Another lawyer, Olusola Oke came third with 536 votes, while Ajayi Boroffice, senator representing Ondo north, came fourth with 471 votes.
The victory looked as if it would have suffered a blow when the APC appeal committeerecommended the annulment of the first, citing controversies regarding the delegates’ list.
However, the panel was overruled on Wednesday, as the party forwarded Akeredolu’s name to the freelance National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate for the election, scheduled for November 26.
“The NWC struck out the report of the appeal committee which had earlier suggested the cancellation of the September 3 election,” Akeredolu said.
“The party’s top decision making organ confirmed that appeal Committee’s report was prejudicial and mostly perfunctory as its decision was based on unsubstantiated allegations and false claims of electoral manipulations.”
For his alleged role in the manner of Akeredolu’s status, Tinubu has accused Oyegun of “safeguarding the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a bigger fraud, arrogating to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party”.
He particularly said Oyegun deceived the party’s national working committee (NWC) into a prayer as the meeting neared its end, and “used the prayerful interlude” to descreetly excuse himself from the meeting and submit Akeredolu’s name to INEC.
For this and many other alleged actions of fraud, Tinubu said: “To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at an equivalent time.