‘Oyegun must go’ protesters storm APC secretariat
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.