The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has shed light on why his tenure was elongated. He told reporters in his office yesterday: “I think the reason for not wanting to hold some of these elective congresses this year is very clear.
We have a lot of work to do during this one year and each one has the potential of causing a crisis. That has always been once there is an election; it always creates its own issues.
“So, we just felt we could defer some of these issues or the party felt some of these challenges could be deferred for one year for the serious task before us, which is the national elections.” But APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, condemned the extension, describing it as laughable and a reinforcement of the belief that the PDP fares better on internal democracy.
“I am personally disappointed. This has clearly shown that APC is an undemocratic party, a party, which has been in existence for three years but has never obeyed its own constitution,” Frank said in a statement, challenging anybody to show proof any demand of the party’s constitution had ever been “religiously obeyed.”
Notwithstanding, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha “delightedly” congratulated Odigie-Oyegun and the NWC members in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
The governor noted that the “lofty action” would have been impossible without the “able leadership” of Buhari, state governors and key stakeholders at the NEC meeting. He wished Odigie-Oyegun and his team a successful tenure and urged them to see the development as a challenge to do more for the progress and victory of the party.