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‘Oyegun must go’ protesters storm APC secretariat

by on October 31, 2017
 

Ahead of the much-awaited National Ex­ecutive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress to­day, the party’s national secre­tariat in Abuja was yesterday besieged by protesting youths over the continued stay in of­fice of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The youths, under the ae­gis of Save APC and Democ­racy Youth Vanguard, came to the APC Secretariat in three luxury buses with several plac­ards bearing inscriptions such as “Audit APC Account Now; No To Non-Elective Conven­tion; APC Must Support An­ti-Corruption War”, among others.

The APC held its last NEC meeting in March 2016, as against the provisions of the party’s constitution, that NEC meeting shall be held every quarter.

The youths however insist­ed that the APC must hold an elective congress, rather than the non-elective congress as proposed by the Odigie-Oye­gun-led NWC.

The NEC will also fix a date for the APC non-elective congress, which the NWC has noted may not take place be­fore April 2018.

The protesting youths, who were confronted by a team of police and other se­curity agents stationed at the party’ gate, noted that the APC had never made any se­rious progress under Odigie-Oyegun as national chairman, adding that the party had con­tinued to witness more crises and dwindling fortunes under his leadership.

The situation charged when Odigie-Oyegun ran into the protesting youths in his convoy as he was reporting to work, prompting the pro­testers to block the entrance, shouting: “Oyegun must go”, “Oyegun must go”, and “No to non-elective congress.”

The leader of the protest­ing youths, who identified himself as Peter Oyewole, said that since the APC won the presidential election in 2015, the party’s finances had not been audited and made pub­lic as stipulated by the law.

“We are also saying ‘enough is enough’ to his im­position of candidates at all levels by the Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC that is currently go­ing on in this party, because in any party where there is impo­sition there cannot be fairness; any party where there is impo­sition there cannot be equity, the imposition in APC today is just rubbishing the anti-cor­ruption war of President Mu­hammadu Buhari,” he said.

Meanwhile, ahead of the NEC meeting today, another section of youths of the par­ty under the auspices of APC Youths Solidarity Forum has written to the President, sug­gesting ways to mitigate the dwindling fortunes of the par­ty and quell the anxieties being felt by various party stalwarts.

The forum, a support group of the party with youth membership spreading across the 36 states and the FCT, stated that after watching the emerging political trend, espe­cially within the party, there is the need to strengthen the par­ty which it stressed “is the only legitimate platform to obtain political power in this coun­try.”

The group in the letter was signed by the forum’s conven­er, Danesi Momoh Prince.

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