Embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has fired back at former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande who recently described APC as a wreck that cannot win elections in 2019.
While receiving a group known as South East South South Professionals Forum who came to pay him a solidarity visit, Chief Odigie-Oyegun said those who were bent on soiling his reputations would stop at nothing including cooking up things.
“There is nothing they have not said about me but when you ask what has the man done, one of their reports said the present executive cannot win us elections in 20‎19. Good Lord! You’ve not even finished with 2015, you’re talking about 2019. They also talked about the elite of the North against the people of the South West; am I from the North? Am I the one organising them?
“The one that annoys me is the attempt to rubbish 75 solid years of a character that I’ve put together. They said ‎I take gratification, gratification to what purpose? The only people who can say that, are the people who don’t know my background or history.
“I was just over 30 when I started joining teams that were buying aircrafts from Holland and in the United States. That could not corrupt me. I was on the board of the Railways, NPA and the rest of them, if all these did not make me corrupt, how can I at 76 take money, money from who to do what?
“I was chairman of FHA; let them go and check the record, I did not award a single piece of land to myself ‎or to any member of my family. What they call satellite village today, myself and Fola Alade went out physically inspecting land for building low cost housing and we finally settled for low cost houses at Badagry. I would’ve settled for a piece of land, I could have acquired acres and the compensation government was paying would have covered that.
“When they say I am taking money from a senator, to do what? I am not a senator, I cannot vote, I cannot by being chairman pronounce him as Senate President or Senate Leader, so what is he giving me money for? It is annoying, it is dirty, it is crude‎, it is unbecoming and it can only be people who are totally devoid of conscience at any level of humanity that can do things of that nature,’’ he said.
The group led by its president, Emeka Ugwu-Oju said they came to identify with one of their brothers in whom they were pleased with. The group advocated for the total removal of subsidy and to channel such proceeds to better use.

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