The fate of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, hangs in the balance ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the party’s national caucus committee.
Oyegun, has come under pressure to resign following allegations by some party members that he is culpable in the process that saw Senator Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerge as Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Nation, citing sources within the party reports that aggrieved members have expressed disappointment in the way he handled the National Assembly crisis. They accuse him of not taking a firm stand on the choice of principal officers in the National Assembly.
Oyegun is also accused of allowing the crisis to deteriorate by giving Senator Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara free hand to act against the wishes of the party.
“It is as if the man has no backbone or self-respect. When he should move, he sits down. When he should talk, he is mute. When he should make a decision, he sleeps and after finally making a decision, he takes days to implement something that could be done in minutes, a source said.
Adding that: “after Saraki and Dogara rebelled by aligning with PDP National Assembly members, Oyegun remained strangely mum and unmoved to the harm being done to his and the party’s authority. ‘He took the rebuff too lightly and quickly as if he almost welcomed it.’
The aggrieved party members claim Oyegun acted like he was afraid to take a decisive action at the right time .They fault him for delaying to send the list of APC nominees for principal offices in the Senate and the House of Representative.
Party leaders are divided on whether to retain Odigie-Oyegun or dump him. Some have expressed fears that if the chairman is left to continue, the party structure may collapse.
Meanwhile, Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, has expressed regrets over the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate president.
The Senate president, during a chat with journalists in Abuja, insisted that it was the absence of the APC senators from the chamber that caused the emergence of Ekweremadu as his deputy.