Former APC Chairman Defends Obaseki Ahead Edo Guber

Odigie Oyegun

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie Oyegun, has denied making a statement on the chances of the party in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

He said he had not issued any statement verbally or in written form about the upcoming elections. Oyegun said the ”statement making the rounds on social media could only have originated from sick minds and desperate persons of criminal orientation.”

Addressing the false report, he said in a statement titled ‘Fake social media statement’, that he was not in agreement with the ”mistreatment of Governor Godwin Obaseki” by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.”

His statement read, ”I read with great consternation and disgust a statement purportedly issued by me on a so-called outcome of the Gubernatorial election of Edo state. First, let me state emphatically that at no time did I issue any statement, verbal or written, on the fortunes of the APC, or any other party, in the imminent elections. The said statement, which is making the rounds in the social media, could only have originated from sick minds and desperate persons of criminal orientation.

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”My views and statements on the Edo state political situation have been consistent. I strongly advised against the mistreatment of governor Godwin Nagheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC and his subsequent forced exit from the APC. Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his people and in the process suffered unacceptable indignities.

”In the matter of who governs Edo state the people are sovereign and no individual or group whatever their status can decide on their behalf. I stand with the people of Edo state and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights. they should vote for good governance, common decency, principal leadership especially in the political arena and the protection of their vital democratic rights. They should, by their votes, make clear that it is their right to choose their Governor and nobody else’s! There is no room for ‘fence-sitters’.

”This is a special situation and ‘primitive’ loyalists should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging pre-election situation in Imo State ‘vote your conscience.’

”There will be peace on Saturday so come out and what your conscience!”

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