Ahead of the Edo state governorship primary election, Chief John Oyegun, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed that he is under intense pressure.
The former Governor of Edo State between 1992 and 1993 disclosed this on Wednesday, May 18, in Abuja when the Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led, former governor of Osun state, peace committee visited him at the APC secretariat.
Oyegun’s comment is coming at the heels of directives by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking political parties to conduct their primaries between July 2 and July 4, Daily Post reports.
He said: “I am under intense pressure. Apart from the national working committee, various stakeholders in the state to do one thing or the other to salvage the situation.
“But doing one thing or the other will almost certainly be interpreted from different groups to mean that I am for A or for B and it is something I had to avoid at all cost because at the end of the day, I am the referee of the match that is going to happen.
“And even if inside me I feel that one team is better than the other, it might not even be shown on my face or from my voice. So I thank you very much for restoring relative peace in the party.
“I want to thank all the stakeholders-from the governor down to the least-for the cooperation they gave to your committee. I am pleased at the level of your work. I haven’t read your report yet but I know that I haven’t gotten one single criticism, from one single stake holder, about the work that this committee did.
“And about the relative level of peace that now envelopes the party in Edo State, the restoration of some degree of civility, the acceptance of the need to work together as a party.” So I congratulate you for people of your calibre, people of your stature, people of your wisdom to pull the kind of result that you pulled at so short a time”.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Edo state economic team and a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Godwin Obaseki, has declared that it will be a sin against God and the people of the state if he failed to contest in the September 10 gubernatorial election in the state.
He made the statement on Friday in Benin, at the formal public declaration of his intention to seek the mandate of the party to fly its flag at the governorship election.