Published On: Tue, Oct 4th, 2016

APC crisis deepens, as sponsored youths protest against Tinubu in Abuja

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tinubu-and-oyegunMembers of the All Progressives Congress Youths Democratic Frontiers (APCYDF) on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration at the National Headquarters of APC against the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

His alleged sin was that he demanded for the resignation of national chairman of APCc, Odigie-Oyegun.

The development signaled the deepening of the leadership crisis in the ruling party.

The youths during the protest accused Tinubu of trying to turn the party to his private company.

Tinubu had, last week, accused the APC national chairman of wrongdoing in the gubernatorial primary election of the party for forthcoming governorship poll in Ondo state.

But the APCYDF National Coordinator, Mr Salahudeen Lukman, who led the protest claimed Tinubu was disrespecting President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

“It should be stated categorically that we are no longer comfortable with the whims and caprices of Tinubu,’’ he said.

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It was rumored on Tuesday that the youths were sponsored by Oyegun to embarrass the national leader of the party.

But the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, has condemned the Tuesday protest by the youths against Chief Bola Tinubu.

He not only distanced himself from the protest but also vowed to investigate the incident with a view to finding out those behind it.

“God forbid, anybody who knows me knows that that is not my style.

“I am equally shocked and I’m going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it,’’ he said.

On the just-concluded Edo governorship election won by APC’s candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the chairman described it as a referendum on the performance of the party’s government in the state.

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According to him, the result of the election was a clear indication that Nigerians had faith and confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“Well, it was a hard fought election that was clear.

“Two things really, it was more of a referendum first on the performance of the governor, and second, on the quality of our candidate.

“And, most importantly, given the economic situation, it was an opportunity for us to measure the continued popularity and acceptability of our president.

“What it indicated is that by and large, the people of this country still have faith and confidence in the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari can fix their situation,’’ he said.

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