All efforts by some politicians within the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make the party National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun step aside failed on Friday following a vote of confidence verdict passed on him by the party National Executive Committee (NEC).
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the party’s decision while briefing newsmen about details of the NEC meeting in Abuja
The embattled chairman had repeatedly said that he did not take bribe to install the leadership of the 8th National Assembly as was being suggested by some party members only for the NEC and the governors to pass a vote of confidence on the leadership of the party after APC National Legal Adviser brought forward a motion seeking clarification on who was qualified to be members of Board of Trustees of the party.
He said the NEC had also provided an enabling platform to look into the National Assembly logjam and that the meeting rose with two firm resolutions.
”The President of the Senate and the Speaker also pledged to find lasting solution to the logjam.
He disclosed that two points were unanimously agreed on as follows :
”One was the issue of party supremacy, it was agreed that the party should be supreme. Secondly, this government must work.
”It must deliver on its campaign promises and bring about the change the people of Nigeria want,” Mohammed said.
He admitted that there was a problem but emphasised that the NEC had provided an enabling environment to resolve the party issues.
”We have a problem and we must find the best way to resolve it, this house which is the APC, must not fall.
”The less we say about the logjam the better for the nation, let us dwell on issues that can move the country forward, bring about cohesion, not just in the party but in the polity.
”I cannot say yes or no that the Senate president and the speaker have been accepted because I will be pre-empting NEC but the party is working to resolve the crisis.”
When asked about the perceived slow pace of the president, he said ”it is just a perception. This is the first time there will be a transition.
”He is not slow. I can assure you that in the next few weeks, very soon, there’ll be a rash of appointments.”
Mohammed said part of the progress the government had made was the directive given to some agencies to pay monies directly into the federation account and close other illegal accounts.
He listed the agencies as Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria Customs Service,Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
He said Buhari’s integrity and character had attracted more friends for Nigeria than a few years ago, adding that the fight against insurgency would see vast improvements soon.