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28 Mar 2018

Call for My Removal Belongs To History - APC Chairman, Oyegun Reacts

While speaking in an interview with the State House correspondents after the APC Caucus meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, APC Chairman reacted to calls for his removal.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Tuesday night, said the call for his removal by President Muhammadu Buhari, was a thing of the past as the party has moved forward.

While speaking with journalists after the National Caucus meeting of the APC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said the meeting was held to conclude the agenda of the previous meeting.

He said: “The meeting was actually beautiful, lively, it is a meeting to conclude the agenda we started last time which we didn’t conclude. Today, we are discussing true federalism and something more serious.”

On whether the issue of the court case against his removal instituted by some party members over tenure elongation of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and that of state executives was discussed, he said: “We didn’t discuss anything like court case, courts are for lawyers.”

On the call for his removal, he said, “Ahh, can’t we move forward, that brings to history.”

Also speaking, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said: “We had a good meeting. We deliberated on a number of issues to do with the constitution of the party which are very important issues. The constitution and to prepare for NEC tomorrow, it was a good meeting.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said they had a routine meeting and that the caucus meeting was held to set up the agenda for the NEC meeting.

According to him, “And all I can tell you is that the agenda is set. I believe that it will be the responsibility of NEC to decide and after a decision is taken, some of our faithful members will address the press.

“I don’t think it is in my place to divulge what was discussed. Tactically, it is an agenda setting meeting and we have had that meeting but the main meeting will take place tomorrow.”

On the crisis over the elongation of party chairman’s tenure and whether he was not worried, he said: “It is not a question of my being worried because I am just one perhaps of millions of APC members.

“Like I said, certainly it’s going to be an agenda for the consideration of NEC, whatever NEC decides, that will be binding all of us as faithful members of the party.”

The national caucus meeting had in attendance, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dogara. Also present at the meeting were other members of the NWC and ministers

Present and past state governors, federal lawmakers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and other cabinet members were at the meeting.

However, the National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, and the pioneer chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, were absent.

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