Abuja Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured members of the party that the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the party will not affect it in anyway.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja when the Association of Former Chairmen, Councillors and Ward Leaders paid him a visit.
The APC national chairman further assured that Atiku’s exit from the party will not lead to massive defection from the APC as being insinuated in some quarters.
“Let nobody fear that the defection of the former Vice President is going to lead to any deluge.
“Don’t ever be afraid that there is going to be any massive defection. As a matter of fact, the contrary is the case, APC is growing in strength on a daily basis,“ he said.
Odigie-Oyegun called on members of the association not to be deceived by; “the screaming and opposition rhetoric“, adding that everybody that matter in the country, politically, is a member of the APC.
He maintained that there is no other party that is truly settled outside the APC, adding that even the Peoples` Democratic Party (PDP) is not stable because it is still fighting to get a chairman.
He further said that though the country might have its challenges, it is making steady progress and the APC is growing daily.
Odigie-Oyegun, who thanked the association for the investiture, said the visit is at the right time, adding that the party has started preparations for the 2019 elections.
He stressed that as former chairman, councillors and ward leaders, members of the association still have influence in their constituencies that can never be over looked.
“You represent a group that will be easily available at the 774 local government areas and of course all the wards in the country, which is a major outreach for the APC.“
Odigie-Oyegun urged members of the association to position as key drivers of positive change in the country shun unwholesome practices and remain credible in their activities.
The national chairman also urged them to remain faithful, not just to their inspiration, but also to the party`s leadership.
He assured them of the light at the end of the tunnel, adding that the country has been traveling on the wrong direction before now.
Odigie-Oyegun, however, said there is the need for change of value, if Nigerians must experience true change and development in the country.
“If we get are values right that is the real fundamental change.“
Earlier, Mr Mike Omohimua, the Coordinator of the association, described the APC national chairman as a man of high intellect and political pedigree.
He said the visit is to honour Odigie-Oyegun as National Life Grand Patron of the association.
“The choice of Odigie-Oyegun, as the national life grand patron and Chairman, board of trustees of our association is for us to tap from his wealth of experience,“ he said.
Omohimua said the association has a database of registered members across the 774 local government areas and 8,810 electoral wards in the country.
He said the association is proposing a national project, tagged: “Operation Recover Nigeria“ in line with APC’s ongoing effort to rebuild the country.
Reports said that Atiku, in a statement recently, announced his resignation from the APC, citing the lack of good relationship with the party leadership, among other issues as his reason for the action.