The reconciliation process in the All Progressives Congress (APC) appears headed for the rocks following strong accusations by the National leader of the party, and head of the reconciliation team, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that he is being sabotaged in his work by none other than the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
For some time, before Tinubu’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, there has been a cold political disagreement between both men, with speculations that there were plans to unseat Oyegun by Tinubu and other aggrieved groups.
An allusion to this was made by Tinubu in his letter where he said that since the party came to power nearly three years ago, “there have been allegations of self induced crisis resulting from merchandising of internal processes. We all must agree that the party was bound to suffer growing pains but not to the extent of losing part of the substantial goodwill that brought us to power.”
Fears were being expressed last night that Tinubu’s suggestions of merchandising may lead to an angry response from Oyegun, which could widen the cracks in the partyover the next few weeks.
In the letter, dated February 21, 2018 titled, “Actions and Conduct weakening the party from within,’’ Tinubu said though Oyegun promised to support him at a meeting with National Working Committee (NWC) members, provide all required information, as well as act as his liaison with state chapters, he (Oyegun) has reneged.
He has also gone ahead to take actions that have worsened the crisis in some States.
His words: “Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of the APC.
“As a party, we have strived to be the best, present hope for the nation. Yet, your goal appears to be something of a lesser pedigree.
“In our discussion, you personally mentioned Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa States as places afflicted by serious party issues. Given your assessment, these were states where I believed cooperation between you and I should have been intense and detailed. Instead, you have taken it as your personal mission to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states.
“In Kogi, you rushed to the state to unilaterally inaugurate a new state chapter official, parallel to the officials already heading the state chapter of the party.
“While this may place you in significant affinity with those parallel officials you handpicked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi or at the national level. This usurpation of authority exacerbates conflict and confusion; it does not resolve them.
“It is my understanding that your dissolution of the duly constituted state executives and the hurried naming of the above-mentioned caretaker group were not approved by the NWC. This arrogation of power sets you at variance with members of the NWC as evidenced by the National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi’s statement condemning your improper and unusual action….
“By creating a parallel body, you not only acted improperly, you grew a second problem from the stem where previously there had sprouted but one.” He added.
“Drawing from your behaviour in Kogi, Kaduna and with regard to the state chapter assessment requested, I am led to the inference that you have no intention of actually supporting my assignment.
“Instead, you apparently seek to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner, without the counsel of other NWC members and without regard to our internal procedures.”