After stirring the affairs of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as its Chairman, former Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie Oyegun revealed that he will be retiring to his home in Benin as an elder statesman.
He however stated that he will be available to serve the party in whatever capacity whenever he is being called upon by its new national leaders.
Chief Oyegun confirmed that he was leaving the party’s leadership satisfied as he did his very best to build the APC into a winning machine that is well able to compete favourably for power.
“I took the party at a time when we did not even have an office and we built it into a machine that could compete and win election, taking over power from a very robust government in terms of the resources at its disposal.
“Since then, we have continued to grow. That has created a lot of things within the party, which is normal in any political consideration. Today, we have seen a party that is vibrant.
“You have seen the joy generated in the atmosphere today because we have seen a party that is passionate about where it is going. You cannot tell me that everything is right, but I would say that by and large, this is a party that is progressive and putting itself in shape for 2019.
“Like I said when I spoke briefly earlier, one era is ending. One phase in the life of this party is ending. The challenges, which become the phase two which starts today, may be different. The new administration will have to adjust and fashion out a solution to the new challenges that they will face.”
On the prospect of the party in 2019, he said: “Is there any other party that is vibrant to continue in office as the APC? I don’t think so. The dominance of the APC has become so evident that the other parties are confused as to what to do.” He concludes.