*Says He’ll Continue To Perform Duty As National Chairman
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun,has revealed that his decision to quit the position was to restore pure integrity for the party and not due to intimidation from any individual or group.
Oyegun on Friday night announced that he won’t be re-contesting for the National Chairman position to the amusement of some party chieftains who had initially thought he would be gunning for the seat again.
The former Executive Governor of Edo State, whose tenure as APC National Chairman comes to an end on June 25, further disclosed that his loyalty remains with the party regardless of what happens at the end of his tenure.
´´Now that the Convention Committee has invited interested aspirants to obtain forms to contest various national positions in our party, it has become necessary for me to state my position.
´´I have consulted widely with my family, friends and associates, even though, I had the desire to re-contest as the national chairman of the party.
´´I have decided that it is ultimately in the best interest of the party for me to withdraw from the race, ´´ he said.
“I believe that the party faces difficult days ahead, and all critical stakeholders in its leadership would be required to bind together for a common purpose´´.
He advised that a less-contentious convention would be better for the party adding that he had always sought to be part of solving the party´s problems.
´´I do not intend to be part of the problem for APC to solve. It is for this reason that I hereby declare that I will not be seeking re-election as the national chairman.
´´However, I will continue to perform my functions as the national chairman of the party, till my tenure officially ends on Monday, June 25 when a new set of party executives will be inaugurated,´´ Odigie-Oyegun said.