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Atiku defends Oyegun’s election as APC chairman

New opposition party leadership will be inaugurated on Wednesday

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has described the emergence of the new chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun as “a product of transparency, democracy and compromise.”

He stated this in a statement by his media office on Tuesday in solidarity with the party’s new national working committee, NWC.

Mr. Oyegun and other members of the NWC were elected at the party’s convention in Abuja last Saturday. However, some members of the party, including a former governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, are reportedly not pleased with the choice of some of the new officials.

Mr. Sheriff was reportedly backing the candidature of Tom Ikimi.

The NWC will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

Mr. Abubakar advised the newly elected party officials to sustain the tempo and public enthusiasm, which greeted the birth of the opposition party in the country.

He expressed elation at the peaceful conduct of the elections at the party’s inaugural national convention.

The former vice president said as an APC member, he was proud that the elections were conducted without incidents or rancour and that the level of maturity demonstrated by party followers was evidence of their commitment to decent democratic conduct.

He said despite prediction of chaos and crisis before the convention, the event went off peacefully without any incidents.

Mr. Abubakar appealed to aggrieved members to remain loyal to the party as there is reward for loyalty.

He, however, advised APC leaders and members not to rest on their oars because the challenges ahead were still tough.

According to him, complacency is a dangerous attitude, especially for an opposition party struggling to capture power and bring change.

While expressing apologies for his inability to be present for the inauguration of the new leadership due to previous commitments overseas, the former vice president, however, conveyed his support, loyalty and cooperation to the party at all times.

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