The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State has come hard on its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over his recent . on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, advising him to be guided by history that “no political party has ever survived the war it waged against itself.”
In a statement made available to Huhu source on Wednesday by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the party held that it was rather unfortunate that when Oyegun had opportunity to speak for the APC, he opted to speak for a cabal.
The APC boss was quoted to have said in an interview that in an event his party forfeits the exalted position of the Senate Present to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that may be the sacrifice it would have to pay for Change.
“Well, I don’t think we will lose that position. But sometimes, for change to take place, there is price you have to pay. So losing the position (of Senate President) may be sacrifice for change,” he said.
But the state chapter of the party reacted by describing Oyegun’s outburst as “unfortunate, shocking and regrettable.”
The party added that having waited endlessly for him to deny the statement, ” it is necessary to make the under-listed observations and declarations:
“If anyone is still in doubt about the propriety of our expressed opinion that the travails of the Senate President was orchestrated by some forces within the APC, recent outbursts by Mr Chairman has cleared such doubts.
“When Mr Chairman is expected to stand forthright and firm to protest the political persecution of his party member and leader of a critical arm of government, he portrays the image of an incompetent and unreliable leader.
“Obviously, those reckless outbursts were either Mr Chairman’s personal views or the agenda of the cabal he belongs. However, irrespective of what he says, Mr Chairman and his cabal can not . God on the fate of the Senate President.
“Even tough, it is needless to remind Mr Chairman the unquantifiable contributions of the Senate President in the transmogrification of the APC from an opposition party to a ruling party, it is shocking and beyond imagination that a party chairman who is suppose to be father to all party members could make such reckless and divisive
“Therefore, we were spot on when we raised alarm that desperate politicians have hijacked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and handed its controversial chairman, a pre-determined verdict to deliver on the ongoing trial of the Senate President.”
The statement added that Oyegun, “has failed to exonerate himself from this extra-judicial and evil plot, rather he has confirmed and vindicated our expressed opinion.”
According to Kwara APC, “We hereby restate our unconditional loyalty to the Senate President. We are proud of the Senate President. We shall continue to stand by him. We shall continue to solidarise with him.
“Lastly, we maintain that even though, a pattern of inconsistencies and unfairness have emerged in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, we believe if the trial is conducted fairly, he would be vindicated at the end of the trial.”