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4 Oct 2016

I Can't Be Removed on Pages of Newspapers - Oyegun Talks Rift with Tinubu as He Visits Buhari (Photos)

The national chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, has paid a visit to President Buhari today, and reiterated that he has no rift with Bola Tinubu.

The national chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, who in recent times, has made major headlines over his alleged rift with the party's national leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has reiterated that he has no problems or misunderstanding with the former Lagos State governor.

Few hours ago, the APC chairman met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock villa, Abuja, and when Oyegun was asked to comment on his rift with Tinubu and whether he would heed his demand to step down from office, he said;

“There is no rift with Asiwaju; we [only] have difference of opinion, difference of perception, and I think that is normal,” Oyegun answered.

“Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh. The method of getting rid of a national chairman, if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution; they don’t take place on the pages of newspapers.”

According to TheCable News, when asked why the national executive committee had not met to deliberate on the issues, he said: “It is proper for them to meet and they will all meet at the appropriate time.”

When asked if he was behind the youth protest at the APC headquarters against the alleged highhandedness of Tinubu, he denied the allegation saying: “God forbid. Anybody who knows me knows that this is not my style.

“I’m equally shocked and I’m going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it.”

We had reported on Monday when the two leaders were pictured smiling at each other when they attended the launch of a book in honour of Buhari, and Oyegun expressed shock that state house correspondents were taken aback by the sight.

“Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days?” he queried.

“Why can’t people who have mutual respect for each other have different opinions? All we had was difference of opinions. Yes it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time.”

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