Lagos APC boils as Oyegun ‘imposes’ Tunde Balogun chairman

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun

The Fouad Oki-led group of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos on Tuesday faulted the inauguration of Tunde Balogun as the state party chairman by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie -Oyegun on Monday.

Mr Oki, who convened a parallel state congress of the party on May 19, faulted the action in a statement he issued in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Balogun who emerged at the main congress at the party secretariat in Ikeja was inaugurated by Oyegun along with 33 other state chairmen.

The inauguration of Balogun was in contrast to an earlier decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party which overruled the main congress over issues of legality.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi had explained that the NWC overruled the main congress held at the ACME Road Secretariat because it was based on 57 councils instead of the constitutional 20.

He added that the party could not have discountenanced the congress organised by Oki as it was held in the recognised  20 council areas.

The spokesman, however,  said a five-man committee, headed by the Deputy National Chairman(North) had been set up to resolve the knotty issues.

However, Oyegun at the inauguration told the new chairmen in crisis states like Lagos, Rivers and others not to inaugurate executive members as the party was working on harmonised committee members in the affected states.

Oki accused Oyegun as being compromised and said his group would do everything possible to challenge “the illegality”.

“I am certain we have not heard the last of this. Truth is we knew they were going to do what they did because the Oyegun-led NWC is full of weaklings.

“But we are undaunted in our resolve and we will continue to show resilience on the struggle to free our people from the shackles of a bigot”, he said.

Oki called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osnibajo to prevail on Oyegun-led NWC to reverse the inauguration.

He also called on NWC members to do everything possible to ensure that its earlier decision on congresses was upheld.