A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Duke Edobor Oshodin has frowned at the constant attacks on the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun by some loyalists of the immediate-past administration of Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, describing the trend as senseless and selfish.
The APC chieftain in a statement he signed in Abuja Sunday, specifically berated one Charles Idahosa, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters to Gov. Oshiomhole for being ridiculous to have queried the loyalty of the chairman to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“If Mr. Idahosa says it is wrong for Chief Odigie-Oyegun to be loyal to the president, then it is inconsistent for him to make himself a puppet to a godfather”, said Oshodin.
According to him; “Mr. Idahosa served as Special Adviser on Political Matters under the immediate-past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Oshodin added that; “Mr. Idahosa would rather have a National Chairman who is inflexible in his approach to managing contending party interests, issues, differences within the party, even if this means working against the interests of the President.
“Clearly, Mr. Idahosa has lost sight of how the APC was formed in 2013. To refresh his memory, the APC was an amalgam of vibrant opposition parties that came together with the objective of upstaging the failed government of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP. However, while the APC won the Presidential election and the majority of governorship and legislative positions in the country, the powerful groups that coalesced into APC did not drop their respective interests.
“Any right-thinking person would know that decisions like the appointment/election of the party chair and other party executives require the consensus of party leaders and consent of the majority of voters to be successful. Chief Odigie-Oyegun emerged as APC National Chairman through the collective efforts of a coalition of individuals and interests within the APC fold at the time. However, Mr. Idahosa even claims to have personally ensured Odigie-Oyegun’s emergence as APC National Chairman. It is left to members of the party who were witnesses to the events of the time to reach their conclusions”, he added.