The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, has distanced himself from a reported meeting between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Sheriff.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the party urged stakeholders to disregard the speculation, describing it as “falsehood”.
Daily Trust had reported yesterday that Mr. Osinbajo met with Mr. Sheriff at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday and that Mr. Odigie-Oyegun was spotted at the venue.
The report had stirred tension and dissent within the APC, especially in Mr. Sheriff’s home state of Borno where he does not see eye to eye with the governor.
However, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said that Oyegun only met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, at the villa on Thursday.
His words: “The APC National Chairman did not visit the vice president on the day in question and has equally not met Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in over two years.
“Linking the APC National Chairman’s visit to the Aso Rock Villa to media reports of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s plans to join the APC is an effort to cause confusion and disaffection in the party in Borno State.
“It should be noted that the membership of the APC is negotiated at the ward level of intending entrants, irrespective of status.
“The party hereby calls on its members, stakeholders and indeed the general public to disregard the speculative report.”