The Oasis Reporters
December 7, 2017
Former governor of Edo state and now chairman of the All progressives Party, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun has taken a swipe at former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who recently resigned his membership of the APC and announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying his presidential ambition in 2019 would fail.
Speaking on the departure Atiku from the ruling party, Oyegun said the development was no surprise to them saying signs that Atiku would leave the party became glaring almost 18 months ago.
“I am totally amazed at the song and dance that the press is making of the departure of the former vice president, Atiku. We are not happy losing anybody, certainly not anybody of his status,” he said.
“But why are people surprised that he left? I can’t understand it. More than 12, 18 months ago, it was clear that he would leave. The only doubt was when and how?
“For Vice President Atiku, at his age, it is either now or never because if President Buhari serves another, that will be eight years. Convention will have it that the Presidency may go south.
“That’s another eight years. So, game over for Vice President Atiku. It is either now he makes this last throw of the dice or he will permanently forget the Presidency. So, it is something we knew has been coming. The Bini people say a pebble you see coming towards you shouldn’t blind you. So, why are we surprised?
“For me, it is a prayer that President Buhari agrees to run for another four years. It is a very, very personal opinion. As the chairman of the ruling party, I intend to apply the constitution of the party. So, this is a very personal opinion.”