Last week, News Punch reported that Chief Oyegun handed over the mantle of leadership of the party to former Ekiti State Governor and the Deputy National Chairman of the Party, Chief Segun Oni, stating that he, Oyegun was going on 10 days vacation.
According to our source, The development has grounded activities at the APC National Secretariat as all the National Working Committee (NWC) members have continued to stay away from their offices.
The AUTHORITY learnt that the APC had been facing a silent leadership crisis as some top members have fallen out with Odigie-Oyegun over his leadership style and have demanded his resignation.
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It was reported that Chief Odigie-Oyegun was forced to proceed on a compulsory leave to pave the way for the resolution of the feud, but his critics have insisted that he must not return to the seat after the expiration of the holidays.
Odigie-Oyegun, however, debunked the claims, stressing that he was proceeding on a 10-day leave to have some rest as demanded by his doctors after a hectic period of activities since he emerged as the APC national chairman.
“I have been chairman for how long now? Going to two years, and it has been a very intense period building the party and a very intense period putting the government together up to this point.
“All that has happened is that I think I deserve a bit of a break and that will start effective Monday and in my absence my deputy here, Chief Segun Oni, will cover my beat. It is that simple, it is that straightforward. Any speculation about not being in office is of no consequence. On Tuesday, I was down with malaria; I managed on Wednesday to attend that crucial meeting at the Presidency; yesterday I had to go to the hospital just to be sure and today I am at work, full stop”, the APC national chairman noted, while reacting to reported crisis over his leadership of the party. But it was a more confused situation yesterday when it was noticed that the national chairman’s absence has crippled activities at the party’s secretariat, with only the acting chairman, Segun Oni and the National Youth Leader, Dasuki Jalo, who came in briefly on Monday and Tuesday.
A staff member of the Secretariat, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen in confidence that “all the national officers are staying away because they don’t want to answer questions as regard the running of the party.”
Another source who raised concerns over the future of Odigie-Oyegun as the national chairman of the party, revealed that the acting national chairman, Segun Oni, has already moved into Odigie-Oyegun’s office, saying “that is an indication that the APC chairman might not come back because if he is acting as chairman, he is supposed to do that from his own office, not Odigie-Oyegun’s office.”
The APC National Caucus will meet on March 22, ahead of the March 23, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, while the party’s NEC is billed to meet on March 24 to tackle most of the crises facing the party.
Several attempts made by The AUTHORITY to get the reaction of the APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Bunu, who is also acting as the party’s Publicity Secretary, proved abortive as he did not pick several calls that were put across to him.
When Oni was contacted on the issue, he said that he was in an APC campaign rally ahead of the March 19 council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).