Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wednesday replied the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, over his comments on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
In a statement issued by the APC in the state, signed by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the party condemned Oyegun’s stance on Saraki’s trial.
The statement said it was rather “unfortunate that when Oyegun had opportunity to speak for the APC, he chose to speak for a cabal.”
The statement read in part:
“Having waited endlessly for Mr Chairman to deny comments credited to him that our party is ready to sacrifice Saraki and his office, it is necessary to make the underlisted observations and declarations.
“To be mild, the outburst of the chairman is unfortunate, shocking and regrettable.
“If anyone is still in doubt about the propriety of our expressed opinion that the travails of the senate president was orchestrated by some forces within the APC, recent outbursts by Mr. Chairman have cleared such doubts.
“When Mr. Chairman is expected to stand forthright and firm to protest the political persecution of his party member and leader of a critical arm of government, he portrays the image of an uncaring leader.
“Obviously, those reckless outbursts were either the Chairman’s personal views or the agenda of the cabal he belongs. However, irrespective of what he says, the Chairman and his cabal can not play God on the fate of the senate president.
“Even though it is needless to remind chairman the unquantifiable contributions of the Senate President in the transformation of the APC from an opposition party to a ruling party, it is shocking and beyond imagination that a party chairman who is supposed to be father to all party members could make such reckless and divisive comments.
“Therefore, we were right when we raised the alarm that desperate politicians have hijacked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT.”
The party however declared, “We hereby restate our unconditional loyalty to the senate president.
“We are proud of the senate president. We shall continue to stand by him. We shall continue to solidarise with him.”