The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has claimed that the national leaders of APC did not force former Foreign Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi to step down for him at last Saturday’s national convention of the party.
Odigie-Oyegun, had his nomination ratified by delegates through a formality vote after APC National Leaders held a prolonged meeting with other contestants which cleared the way for him to emerge unopposed.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “You cannot force a man to step down. My colleagues graciously gave up their aspirations in favour of mine. They voluntarily allowed me to go.
“They are highly qualified people but they realised that we can only have one national chairman at a time.”
The New Chairman was fronted by General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while Atiku Abubakar fronted Tom Ikimi. The serving APC Governors fronted Timipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State.
Ikimi’s who was the Chairman of the committee that facilitated the merger between defunct ACN and other political parties is expected to release a statement on his position in due course.