…Why APC Picked Yahaya Bello – Oyegun
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun yesterday met aggrieved party members from Kogi East Senatorial District in a bid to settle differences in the aftermath of the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, APC’s governorship candidate in Kogi State Elections, on November 22, 2015.
Led by the Kogi state APC Chairman, Mr. Haddy Amefuo, the Kogi East political leaders met with the APC National Chairman at the party’s headquarters in Abuja. Oyegun explained that the decision to pick Yahaya Bello (now governor-elect) to contest the supplementary election was the best option in order to avoid legal pitfalls.
He assured that Prince Abubakar Audu political family will play important roles in the political arrangements in the state. Oyegun said, “I don’t think that it is right to think that the National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took a decision and thereafter turned its back, we will not do that.
“We guarantee that the political family that has lost it’s leader will participate effectively in the unfolding events in the next few weeks. “I expect and hope that consultations at various levels are going on. So that if there is a gap, we at the National Headquarters know what step to take to correct the situation before it becomes a problem.
”We took the decision in a circumstance that someone was bound to get offended. And we were very conscious of the very peculiar circumstance of a group that was on the doorstep if victory. “So in the circumstance, we did what we interpreted legally as the best way out of the jam we were in, always having our eyes on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and what they may likely bring up in court.
“INEC asked us to replace the late Prince Abubakar Audu, good! Which one can we defend better if they go to court. That was the basis of our decision. But of course it created understandable anguish.
“So what we are trying to do is to say we know you are badly bruised, we hope tempers are cooling down. We hope we can now talk about the next steps that will restore some semblance of normalcy all over Kogi state.
“In politics everybody works for his own inheritance. It is not passed on from father to child. Of course the father can help the child no question about that. The child can benefit from the father’s influence, personality and the rest. But he has to earn it. Politics is not an inheritance.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja