The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Media and Strategic Communications, Prince Oliver Okpala, has said the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun, lacks moral ground to speak on good governance and for the people of the state.
The media aide to the governor who was reacting to media reports credited to the APC National Chairman where he called on Governor Obiano to “write his handing over notes and start preparing to vacate office,” said such statement lacks democratic spirit.
He however called on all Nigerians, especially the Anambra people, to be vigilant and prepare against “any evil plot by Oyegun-led APC to perpetrate rigging in the forthcoming election in the state.”
Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, Prince Okpala, described the statement credited to Oyegun as reckless and a political miscalculation saying, Chief Oyegun’s comment indicates that he is a political misfit who should have taken a second look at his unpopularity of leading a ruling party like the APC.
“Indeed Oyegun has no moral right to speak on issues of good governance in Anambra state or any part of the country. If what we practice is a democracy then the will and wish of the people should be respected.”
While making reference to how Oyegun has practically “mismanaged” APC as a ruling party, Prince Okpala said “many Nigerians also know how he emerged as National Chairman of the APC. It was a clear case of political imposition which has left the party prostrate till date. As we speak the APC under his watch cannot hold meetings of its crucial organs. No wonder the house is in disarray,” he said.
Prince Okpala recalled how the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described the lack of internal democracy in the country’s political party system with APC under Oyegun in view.
According to former Vice President, “You cannot build democracy on a substructure of dictatorship and intolerance.
“A political party that constricts the freedom of its members cannot really offer freedom to the citizens of the nation. Democracy is not just an idea; it is a cultural practice and for number of years now we have had political parties, even governing ones, which hardly hold meetings of their important organs, including those meant for the democratic selection of their leadership, or even constitute institutions prescribed in their constitution which is not party building but party bullying.”
The governor’s aide also recalled that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, had also made similar remarks, saying “the implication of this is that the APC has contrived a grave plot to undermine the will of the Anambra electorate, to forcefully take over the governance of the state.
He said, “Instead of working genuinely to win the love of the people of Anambra as required in a democratic setting, the APC leaders who know that Governor Obiano has performed creditably are rather working out sinister plots to unseat the governor.
“We have it on good authority that they have been working at various options including an attempt to foment insecurity in the state to pave way for a state of emergency as a prelude to their take over. What this requires is that Anambra people and Nigerians in general, especially lovers of democracy and good governance should be at alert,” he added.