National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Wednesday said the APC will never compromise on the leadership of the Senate Presidency even as he maintained that, the APC as a party of change cannot interfere with the ongoing judicial process.
Chief Oyegun who was responding to questions at the party’s National Secretariat on the recent comments credited to him about sacrificing the Senate Presidency to the PDP in the event that Senate President Bukola Saraki lost his case at the CCT said: “The misunderstanding is still on? Let me put it simply. There were basically two points that I was making; Number one, as a party of change even as a party, we cannot interfere in a judicial process that is ongoing. That was clear. And when they asked about the senate, I said under no circumstances can we compromise on the leadership of the senate.
“We are the majority party and the issue doesn’t even really arise but unfortunately the way it was put, the misinterpretation has been a little bit too intense and that is clear. It just doesn’t arise at all”, he added.
His words: “the issue, the argument and the rest doesn’t arise. If somebody wants to theorise and postulate, that’s a different matter. It doesn’t arise”.
It would be recalled that Oyegun was quoted to have said: “The party wouldn’t mind to loose it’s number three seat to the opposition PDP”.
Oyegun was quoted to have said, the party is “also planning” to checkmate plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to take over the Senate Presidency should Bukola Saraki be removed from the position in view of his current trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, (CCT). He was said to have pointed that in an event his party forfeits the exalted position to the PDP, that may be the sacrifice it would have to pay for Change.
Oyegun in the said interview was quoted as saying: “We don’t take anything for granted. As they (PDP) are planning, we are also planning. The situation is under control. The whole situation is unfortunate but it is real.”