The Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has explained the reasons behinds President Muhammadu Buhari’s endorsement of the Edo and Ondo States Governors, Rotimi Akeredolu and Godwin Obaseki, respectively, for second term in office.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scheduled governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State for September 19 and October 10, 2020 respectively.

Oyegun’s response to the endorsement has caused a lot of controversies and Oyegun explained how the agreement was reached while appearing on Channels Television on Friday night.

“At the peak of the crisis surrounding the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, you’ll notice that a peaceful, so to speak, revolution was embarked upon and there were conditionalities on that and this has been in the public domain,” he said.

“It has been in the public space. Nobody has denied it. And part of the conditionalities was that these Governors, no impediments should be placed on their way.

“They should be given the rights of first refusal which is normal, they’re incumbents. That does not mean there will not be other contestants.

“But it shouldn’t be like the case of Edo State where there is a deliberate move to make it impossible for him to recontest. For example, there’s an official APC in Edo State and there’s another APC loyal to the National Chairman and how do you resolve a situation like that?” He asked.

He answer question on where Buhari made the statement endorsing the Governors for second terms.

Oyegun responded, “ Nobody made a public statement. You know there were meetings and meetings and compromises and compromises that arose then.

“It wasn’t an open statement. Come on, these things don’t happen like that. You don’t expect a kind of formal announcement [from the President]. That doesn’t happen.

‘This was part of the compromises done to settle the disputes surrounding the national Chairman . It was done quietly in the board room.

He added that, “It has been in the public domain. I’m not the first to say it and it has never been denied. Don’t try to make it as if there should be a publication to that, no.

“Things don’t happen like in thirsty situations that confronted the APC decision had to be made to save everybody’s face. Those who needed to know are aware of this situation [the President’s decision].

“But note that the compromise was not that only these two incumbent governors should contest. It was that no impediment should be put in their way. Give them the rights of first refusal."

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