APC Pushes For Tinubu’s Suspension Over Anti-Party Activities

By Ikenga Chronicles December 3, 2016

Fresh crisis looms in the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on Saturday, December 3 as its National leader, Bola Tinubu faces indefinite suspension over his role in the just concluded Ondo Gubernatorial Poll.

It was reliably gathered on Friday, December 2 that the APC’s National Working Committee(NWC) are still divided on how to handle Tinubu over his alleged role in the Ondo State elections.

Tinubu was believed to have funded Olusola Oke who defected to Alliance For Democracy(AD)to contest the Ondo governorship election after losing to Rotimi Akeredolu in the party’s primary held on September 3, 2016.

While some members believe that Tinubu and the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, worked against the interest of the party in the election, others are of the view that the duo did no wrong.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in a statement few days after the poll exonerated Tinubu from any wrong doing. Not satisfied with Buhari’s alleged ‘’cover up’’ statement, APC’s hardliners who are mostly against Tinubu, are calling for the sanctioning of the Jagaban and his loyalists.

 

A former lawmaker, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We should not treat Tinubu like a god. The laws of the party should apply to all members.”

One of the party leaders, who appealed for caution, said, “The outcome of the Ondo election is enough humiliation for these people. Why would anybody want to add salt to injury by sanctioning them?

“Besides, we cannot afford at this stage of our development to begin to behave like the former ruling party. Did anyone see Asiwaju or Aregbesola anywhere near Oke’s campaign? You know it is normal for politicians to drop names if such names will give them an edge over opponents.”

There are yet others who do not want the Jagaban disciplined;

“We have told those who are against the man to remember his contributions to the formation of the APC and the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari. We should not take any action that will destroy the party” a source said.

Reacting,  Tunde Rahman, Special Adviser on Media to Tinubu  said, “I’m not aware of any such call [to sanction Tinubu]. If there is any, it has no basis. As a leader of the party, Tinubu contributed his quota to the success of the APC in Ondo, notwithstanding his initial misgivings about the party’s primaries.”

“And immediately Rotimi Akeredolu emerged the winner of the election, Asiwaju Tinubu was one of the first to congratulate him and to urge all and sundry to rally round the governor-elect.”

“Only on Monday, President Buhari acknowledged Asiwaju Tinubu’s role and contribution to the success of APC in that election.”

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