National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is fighting hard to retain his job.
He reportedly told off Bola Ahmed Tinubu during a private parley at the just concluded book launch in honor of the president.
According to eye witness reports, Oyegun told Tinubu that the national chairman of the ruling party will not be removed on the pages of newspapers.
He said he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We have differences of opinion, differences of perception and, I think that is normal.
“Yes, I agree that the nature of the statement was a bit harsh. It is only INEC that can make U-turn on Ondo.
“The method of getting rid of a national chairman, are spelt out in the (party’s) constitution.
“They don’t take place on the pages of newspapers,” Oyegun said.
Tinubu had faulted Odigie-Oyegun’s position on the primary and called for his resignation.
Odigie-Oyegun said the report was with the chairman of the committee.
Oyegun is also accused of sponsoring a protest against Tinubu at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Oyegun rebuffed the claim, stating that “Anybody who knows me knows that that is not my style.”
Meanwhile, the face-off between the two party chieftains worsened yesterday as several anti-Tinubu protesters grounded the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The protesters, under the auspices of APC Youths Democratic Frontiers (APCYDF), stormed the headquarters with seven 18-seater buses.
They brandished placards and condemning what they termed the overbearing influence of the former Lagos state governor.
Addressing newsmen on Tinubu’s letter to Oyegun, the protesting group’s leader accused Tinubu of undermining the position of Mr. President.
“Each time, fake stories of impropriety is written about the president’s appointees.
“Paid critics and activists on hire are always quick to accuse President Buhari of fighting corruption while surrounding himself with corrupt people but we all know this is far from the truth,” he said.