APC chief carpets Odigie-Oyegun for Osun senatorial poll defeat
• Isiaka didn’t die in vain, says Fayose
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, yesterday blamed the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun for the defeat of Hussein Mudashiru in the Osun West senatorial bye-election.
Frank said but for Odigie-Oyegun’s inconsistency and highhandedness, the party would not have lost the seat to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) who was denied the APC ticket after its screening and appeal panels disqualified Mudashiru.
He congratulated Adeleke, saying it was shameful that the APC with the incumbency factor and federal might on its side, could still not muster the required goodwill to retain the senatorial seat hitherto occupied by the late Isiaka Adeleke.
He demanded the immediate removal of Odigie-Oyegun and cautioned that the APC would suffer more defeats in subsequent elections if its stakeholders like the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and its 24 state governors fail to address the challenges in the party.
The APC, he said, should be restructured to remain in power as the 2019 poll inches closer.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama while reacting to the outcome of the election when he met with Odigie-Oyegun said: “We learn from everything and we learn from defeat than we learn from victory. I think it is a good lesson in terms of organising and staying together in particular state and avoid what is not collective in the party.”
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated Ademola Adeleke on his victory.
A statement by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the victory showed that Ademola’s older brother, Isiaka Adeleke, whose death led to the bye-election, did not die in vain.
He noted that Isiaka would be happy wherever he is and urged Ademola to see the victory as a call to service.
He commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the successful exercise and urged that they maintain the feat in future elections.