By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—THE Concerned Edo Leaders of Thought, CELT, yesterday described as arrant nonsense, the call for the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, asserting that it would resist any attempt to force the former Permanent Secretary out of office.
While declaring their support for Chief Oyegun, the group declared that those calling for his resignation were doing so based on their selfish interest and not because the APC national chairman had not performed.
In a statement signed by the President of the group, Col Paul Ogbebor (rtd), made available to Vanguard, described the allegation that Chief Oyegun compromised in the Ondo governorship primaries of the APC as untrue “and they cannot force the chairman out of office through amorphous organizations who are peddling lies.
“Nigerians are aware that no one can be blamed for the current problems besetting the APC and indeed the nation’s economy. To do otherwise is an attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.”
The statement added that those agitating for the removal of Odigie-Oyegun over the Ondo primaries should have explored the constitution of the party “and not through the papers just to tarnish the image of a man who has worked so hard to keep the party together.
The group further urged the leaders of the party including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to join hands with the chairman to return the party “to the path of constitutionalism as opposed to the rule of one godfather and his collaborators by learning to channel their grievances through appropriate channels for redress.”