John Odigie Oyegun, the former Governor of Edo State has emerged the first National Chairman of All Progressives Congress APC, in Nigeria.
John Odigie Oyegun, National Chairman of All Progressives Congress APC
Oyegun, who was the Executive Governor of Edo State between 1992 and 1993, during the aborted Nigerian Third Republic, was born on August 12, 1939, in Warri, Delta State.
Meanwhile, Oyegun’s, succession of ex-Governor Bisi Akande, followed intense negotiations and horse trading among various contending forces in the party as Oyegun’s candidature was promoted by a national leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu.
He attended St. Patrick’s College, Asaba, and then went to the University of Ibadan where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has served in various capacities as a federal civil servant working as a development planner.
Oyegun, who was elected governor of Edo State under the Social Democratic Party, SDP platform, during the transition to democracy launched by General Ibrahim Babangida, served from January 1992 to November 1993.
The ex-governor was ousted from office after General Sani Abacha seized power, but he later became a leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Oyegun was the chairman of the Technical Working Committee of CODER in 2009, while on June 13, 2014, he was elected chairman of Nigerian mega party, the All Progressives Congress following its high profile national convention.
However, other new executives elected include; Mai Mala Buni from Yobe state, emerged as the new National Secretary to replace Tijjani Tumsah, while the former Interim National Secretary, who was also a strong candidate, was convinced by the outgoing National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, to step down from the race and allow fresh officials to take over as both Chairman and Secretary.
Former Governor Segun Oni was elected the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South) while a former National Secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Lawal Shuaibu, was elected Deputy National Chairman (North), as well as Lai Mohammed, who returned as the National Publicity Secretary of the party unopposed.
Meanwhile, the emergence of Oyegun, who is a Christian from the south, as the first chairman of the APC was widely viewed as a checkmate on Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and other critics who have carried on a sustained castigation of the party as an Islamist organisation.
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