Nigerians have been advised to disregard the recent criticism of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay.
South-South leaders in a press statement issued Tuesday in Asaba, capital of Delta State, said Sagay is the wrong person to raise issues of performance against anybody. They urged Sagay to refrain from making mockery of his age and profession. “Sagay’s comment on the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara is condemnable. It could be out of ignorance or mischief” the leaders said.
They described Sagay as an anarchist, split personality and his statement to blemish Oyegun’s integrity as “bellicose, false and sinister”
“Sagay’s comment is politically motivated to promote his sponsors. We find it difficult to understand the basis of his assertion that Oyegun is a failure, disaster to the party and his reinstatement will be suicidal. We don’t think anyone in his right sense would say that. How can the emergence of Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker
be a yardstick to judge his performance? Sagay got it all wrong. Does he expect Oyegun to hold the hands of some candidates in the National Assembly and put them on the seats? What a childish statement?”
The leaders condemned Sagay for exhibiting ignorance on party management and democratic processes. They described Oyegun as “a great unifier”.
“Ignoring Oyegun’s contribution to the unity and growth of the ruling party and terming his tenure a disaster simply shows lack of respect, short-sightedness and poor understanding of the workings of political parties with contending groups and interests”.
“Oyegun is doing exactly what is expected of him as National Chairman. He is committed to democratic processes. Sagay should be educated on party management. He should be reminded on how Oyegun built the ruling
party and got the image of APC shining across the country”.
Signed by the Chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry, the leaders described Sagay’s arguments as amateurish.
They urged sane elements in the country, particularly Lagos State to prevent the continued misleading of the public by people like Sagay who is inspired by hatred, wickedness and falsity, qualities that are strange to the good people of Okpe Kingdom and Itsekiri nation.
“If Sagay is so unfamiliar about the achievements of Oyegun, he should hone up his historical references. His sinister propaganda has no place in a civilized society. Sagay’s godfathers would do well to restrain him from further sowing the seed of disharmony or hatred” the leaders added.