Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun has said the national leadership caucus of the party that recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari never dwelled on the alleged strained relationship with Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Oyegun who spoke to journalist in Abuja yesterday said the APC leaders discussed serious national issues not mundane matters.
“As a matter of fact, it was most funny that whilst the meeting was on, the social media was already agog with exactly what you just mentioned and somebody read it to us right at the meeting and everyone had a good laugh and that was the end of the matter.
“As I said, there are serious issues of national importance and that group is one of the most select in the party. It is a group that brings all aspects of government and party at the highest level together. So, you can guess the kind of things that they will be addressing; not things as mundane as who is apologising to who.
Oyegun also disclosed that he had decided to proceed on a 10-day holiday beginning from Monday in order to enable him enjoy some rest.
He also disclosed that the party had scheduled the long-awaited meeting of the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee for March 22 and 24 respectively.
On the issue of frequent foreign travels by President Buhari, the APC chairman said: “The president is doing a lot trying to talk to those who have an impact in rearranging the international economic realities to change some of the current dynamics that is making the price of oil collapse in such a precipitate manner.”
With regard to recent arrest of the former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Uche Secondus, he said that there was no iota of truth behind the insinuation of bias in the anti-corruption fight.
“I don’t know how often we will repeat this. We have a major problem with corruption. It is what has crippled this nation and if you are cutting down a tree, whoever it falls on, so be it”.
On the rumour that he may be on his way out, Oyegun said the reason he was absent from office on Thursday was because he was hit by malaria.
“All this while, we have been busy building the party; we have had very intense period campaigning and very intense period putting government together up till this moment. I deserve a bit of rest or break from work, a bit of holiday and that will start effective Monday.
“On Tuesday I was down with malaria, I managed on Wednesday to attend that crucial meeting at the presidency. friday, I had to go to the hospital just to be sure and today I am at work, full stop. So please, please, please I know the press is supposed to be imaginative and steer the news but not when there is really nothing to steer. It is that simple,” he said.
Oyegun who said he would be away for 10 working days, also noted that in his absence the Deputy National Chairman (South), Mr. Segun Oni will cover his duties as acting national chairman.
He denied that issues relating to the running of the party or his continued stay in office were discussed during the recent meeting of APC leadership caucus with President Muhammadu Buhari.