The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun has reacted to the endorsement of Adams Oshiomole, a former governor of Edo state for chairman of the party.
Oyegun described the endorsement of Oshiomole for national chairman by party stakeholders in the south-south as ‘foolish and childish’.
APC National Vice Chairman (South-South), Prince Hilliard Eta, had after a zonal stakeholders’ meeting of the party on Monday in Benin, Edo State capital, announced that Oshiomhole had been endorsed for the position of national chairman by the South-South caucus of the party.
But, Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke with correspondents in Abuja, yesterday, on Oshiomhole’s endorsement by the South-South caucus of the party, said no support for the former labour leader from Edo State government house can deter him. he said;
“It is childish, absolutely childish. The voting is done at the convention and not in state houses, not in government houses.”
He revealed that he had concluded consultations on his re-election bid;
“Well, I am going to know when the convention committee announces its programme and when I’m going to buy my form if I will re-contest, I will let you know. The consultation, I think, is concluded,” he said.
He also commented on his lack of acceptance in his state, saying: “They have their reasons for what they did and you have to respect their reasons however wrong it is.”
He added that he was not bothered by the support Oshiomhole was gathering;
“No it doesn’t because one of those who want my job is from Edo and he was the immediate past governor and he was very instrumental in installing the present governor, so I think it is a case of rub my back I rub your back that is playing out.”