The former APC national chairmanship aspirant blamed Oyegun for the face-off between the national assembly members and President Muhammadu Buhari during the first term of Buhari’s administration.
Emokpaire also accused Oyegun of not interested in having the alienated Edo Assembly sworn in. “As a good party leader, he ought to have intervened and brought the warring party members together, yet he chose to pitch his tent with a particular camp.”
Emokpaire while speaking ahead of the governorship election primary in Edo State, said, one of the hallmarks of a good leader is to harness all avenues to give leadership in a time of crisis, but according to him, Oyegun has not been able to do this in Edo State.
While supporting the direct primary in Edo as proposed by the National Working Committee (NWC), he expressed fear that some of the actions of Oyegun could adversely affect the party in the state.
Comparing former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande with Chief Oyegun, he said, Chief Bisi Akande never interfered in the running of the party when Oyegun was the chairman of the party.
“Oshiomhole did not contrive the crisis in Edo State and should be left to do the good job he is doing as the national chairman of the party.”
“Chief Oyegun is the immediate past National Chairman of the ruling party, APC in Nigeria. A lot happened during his tenure which almost made the party lose the 2019 general election
“Under his watch, the party conducted the most controversial congresses across the country. Under his watch, as the national Chairman, we witnessed the most indiscipline national assembly, constituting themselves to be opposition against their own party.”
Emokpaire insisted that recent outbursts of Oyegun were unnecessary as the National Working Committee of APC had taken a stand on modalities of the governorship primary election in the state.
The APC chieftain said while he was not against Chief Oyegun canvassing and mobilizing at the party wards, local and state level to support Obaseki, he said he was surprised that the former national chairman of the APC brought President Buhari into the matter.
“We are suprised that our former chairman is making a claim that President Buhari had assented to Obaseki second term by fiat.