Why APC members are upset with Oyegun

By Amako Nneji September 28, 2015 11:31

Why APC members are upset with Oyegun

In the aftermath of the stalemated Bayelsa All Progressives Congress, APC, primary, the National Chairman of the party John Oyegun has faced several attacks from several quarters for “trying to run faster than his shadow.”

According to Hardball, a Nation Newspaper column, the National Chairman was warned to be careful of his utterances, adding “when did Oyegun become the panel and the decision maker at the same time?”

The APC primary election held at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, the state capital on Tuesday, September 22 was purportedly won by a former Governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, in a controversial manner.

Sylva polled 726 votes to emerge victorious. His closest rival, Timi Alaibe, a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, got four votes.

Alaibe and some of the 19 aspirants reportedly walked out of the election venue in protest before the exercise was held.

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was the Chairman of the seven-man electoral committee set up by the national leadership of the APC to conduct the governorship primaries in Bayelsa State had earlier described the primary as a sham.

See: Sylva “mad” to declare himself winner– Oshiomhole

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Timi Frank, also dismissed Tuesday’s primary election, alleging that

Sylva held a member of the Election Committee hostage to declare him winner.

‎Frank dissociated Oshiomhole from the “kangaroo primary” as according to him, they were not present when Sylva was declared.

See: Bayelsa APC in tatters over gov. primaries

Oyegun later announced the cancellation of the primary saying that a new date for the election would be announced soon.

    “The primary has been rescheduled. It had to be called off due to security challenges,” he said.

With the protest from Sylva that Oyegun cannot cancel primary election, the APC National Working Committee, NWC, decided to hold an emergency meeting today ( Monday) September 28.

In reaction, Hardball condemned Oyegun’s attitude, adding that there was something fishy afoot in the entire episode.

    “First to Oyegun’s statement; He made a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria, and said the primaries had been cancelled. Yet, a few days later, the APC announced that its National Working Committee (NWC) would examine the complaints today and arrive at a verdict. Meanwhile, former Governor Sylva still holds the ace.

    “The questions are why Chief Oyegun said the elections had been cancelled when the party had not sat to decide the way forward. Hardball smells a rat. The party chairman was not in a position to decide whether or not the primary election was in order. Yet he flew to the media with a glib remark on behalf of a party.

    “It was a clear case of impunity. Those who were sent to the field to conduct the election had not returned to Abuja. The process is usually simple and straightforward. The panel was expected to submit a report to the NWC, and then an appeal committee presides and recommends to the party.