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APC convention: I didn’t willingly step down for Oyegun, says Ikimi


One of the founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tom Ikimi has said that he did not willingly step down for Chief Odigie-Oyegun to be Chairman of the Party.

He insinuated that there was a dictatorial manner in the way Oyegun emerged and was announced as Chairman of the main opposition party at the convention in Abuja on Friday.

Ikimi said he boycotted the convention over the dictatorial tendencies of the chieftains of the Party.

“I did not willingly step down for Chief Odigie-Oyegun. I was not there. I did not step down for anybody because I was not there. Whoever said I stepped down is telling a lie because I was not at the convention. I didn’t participate. I boycotted the convention,” Ikimi responded, angrily.

Senator Adegbenga Kaka, a former Deputy Governor of Ogun State said he did not attend the convention because he was not officially invited and because he detected irregularities in the conduct of the exercise.

He said, “There was no formal invitation and I was not waiting for any invitation. I perceived injustice and I decided not to go. I was not the only one; many of us in Ogun State did not go.

“The moment they (APC national leadership) decided not to review the appeal committee’s report and take action that would unite the party; and they decided to recognise a faction, then we lost interest in whatever was going on.

“We are waiting. We will do necessary analysis; we will listen and assess all that transpired (at the convention) and take a decision. (The Herald)

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