The ding-dong between the erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. John Oyegun and his successor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is far from over as the spokesman for the party, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, has accused Oyegun of condoning indiscipline during his tenure.
Issa-Onilu who stated while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday was reacting to a statement credited Oyegun that Oshiomhole lacks the temperament required to lead a political party in the 21st century.
Oyegun who spoke through his media adviser, Mr. Ray Murphy, had also alleged that much of the crisis in states arose out of sheer incapacity on the part of the current chairman adding that rather than seek to bring in more people on board “Oshiomhole is rather chasing people out of the party with his style of engagement.”
“Oshiomhole failed because he lacks the temperament that is required to run a political party.
“He lacks the capacity to manage the different interests and tendencies that constitute a political party.
He engages his mouth before engaging his mind, so he offends party members,” said Oyegun.
But the APC spokesman said Oyegun’s penchant for condoning indiscipline and the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party rules created the problems which the Oshiomhole-led leadership is currently grappling with.
He said the result of Oyegun’s weakness as party chairman manifested in widespread indiscipline across party ranks, lack of respect for party supremacy as witnessed in the 8th National Assembly leadership and its overall inability to align the varying interests of the legacy parties that came together to form the APC in 2014.
“Let me agree that the NWC that led the party into the 2015 elections and continued till June 2018 did nothing different from what you would find in the Peoples Democratic Party. It was a period the party was seen as a mere vehicle to attain political office.
“The system accommodated impunity as certain members appeared to be superior to the party. Their interests were far more important than the collective interests of the APC, even when most times such interests are at variance with the ideals the party stand for.
“The leadership under Chief Oyegun, with due respect to him, condoned all sorts of acts of indiscipline from certain members. It is not surprising that the current National Working Committee inherited such a huge mess, where the party was struggling to differentiate itself from the delinquent PDP.”
“It goes without saying that when an organisation is unable to enforce its own rules, it would suffer the consequences sooner than later.
“We should not be ashamed to say that our party’s leadership under Chief Oyegun lacked the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party’s rules,” he said.