National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that he will not be re-contesting the national chairmanship position in the forthcoming National Convention slated for June 23.
He stated this on Friday night in Abuja while speaking with newsmen, adding that his decision was taken after wide consultation with close political associates and family members and not because of intimidation.
However, he said that the tenure extension that was hitherto agreed by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) suffered a set-back following President Muhammadu Buhari´s opposition.
According to him, the tenure extension would have helped to stabilise the party in the face of some of its challenges and may have prevented the crisis that followed its recent congresses in some states of the federation.
He said that some of the party leaders ought to have considered the tenure extension to be in the best interest of the party.
This, he said, would have ensured that the party go into the 2019 elections as a united fighting force, rather than one that was potentially weakened by internal conflicts arising from competitive congresses and convention.
Odigie Oyegun urged party leaders to close ranks and to make the party a strong fighting force ahead of the 2019 general elections.