By Umar Muhammad Puma
National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has revealed that he refused all the attempts by some people to arm-twist the just concluded presidential primaries of the party because of what the party stand for.
Oyegun stated this yesterday while speaking at the national secretariat of the party during the presentation of the reports by the convention committee headed by former governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He said: “So many efforts were made to get me to call the aspirants together and arm twist them into stepping down for each other and I resisted it and said, no, we are going to organise a transparent convention so that whoever win will have no excuse in the world. I entrusted that mission to you and your team. You have organised what will go down in the history of this nation, in our political space and beyond as clearly the freest and fairest presidential primary that has ever been witnessed in this nation.
“The success of the convention has propelled the party. We are proponent of change and it was necessary that one of our major activities should convey to the world what we mean by change.”
While thanking the committee for a job well done, Oyegun said “I wish to congratulate you for what you have done for the party which is incalculable and it is my hope that given the momentum that this has created the party will win the Presidential election.”
Presenting the report, Fayemi condemned the federal government for denying the APC the opportunity to make use of the national stadium adding that the disappointment latter turned to be a blessing for the party.
“Eventually the choice of venue turned out to be a good one for the party in spite of all the challenges. We cannot but mention the hostility of the federal government in refusing us the use of the national stadium as the complementary venue to the convention that we organised, we don’t think such intolerance should be accommodated in a genuine democracy.”
Fayemi thanked the party for the opportunity given his committee to serve, assuring that he would always be there to serve the party at anytime in future.