- Tinubu has advised disgruntled party members of APC in Oyo state to settle the internal crisis
- He urged them to cooperate with Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the good of the party
- The APC leader called on the people to make compromises and contributions needed to position the party that it can win elections
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called on disgruntled members of the party in Oyo state, a group called Unity Forum, to bury the hatchet and settle the internal crisis tearing the party about.
Tribune reports that Tinubu in a statement reacting to an open letter by Unity Forum, urged the group to cooperate with the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and accept that the party's decisions won't always be in their favour.
The statement reads: “I have read the open letter addressed to me by an informal group named the All Progressives Congress Unity Forum and published in the May 12 Saturday Tribune. Some who signed the pen letter, I have known many years. While we may not be related by blood, we have become part of the same progressive, democratic family due to our collaborative political efforts to uplift the nation and the southwest.
“I hereby appeal to their conscience and urge them against taking precipitous action. The APC is a democratic gathering where all have the right to voice their opinion and to seek elective office. However, democracy does not guarantee that you will always get what you want or obtain the office you seek. It can only guarantee you a fair opportunity but not your preferred outcome. There have been times when party decisions and actions went contrary to my position.
"Yet, I did not threaten to leave the APC. Regarding any decisions I thought were wrongly derived, I applied to the party’s appeal processes and structures for redress. As I have done, I now ask you to do. If you feel aggrieved by a party decision, there are appeal mechanisms available to you. We established these processes so that members would have a chance to voice their grievances and have those complaints receive an adequate hearing.
“Thus, I ask that you adhere to the processes we set up to air and resolve internal grievances. Do not let false voices entice you to break into a rival group that would be dangerous to our democratic journey and the future of Oyo state."
He said party members must recognise there may be many good candidates for a particular office but only one person can win the party nomination for that office.
Tinubu also called for the members of the party to support Governor Ajimobi adding that the governor has done alot to promote the party in the state.
He said: “I ask you to bury the hatchet and co-operate with Governor Abiola Ajimobi and forgive whatever shortcomings you may perceive. I know he has tried to reach out and be inclusive. I can attest that he is a good man and leader. To me, the governor has demonstrated openness by welcoming into APC top politicians like former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo AlaoAkala; former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin; former deputy governor of the state and ex-Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Chief Taofeek Arapaja; former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Ayodele Adigun, and the only federal lawmaker elected on the platform of PDP to the House of Representatives, Honourable Segun Odebunmi, among others.
“We must also not forget the governor’s outstanding efforts towards the transformation and development of Oyo state. Remember that the tenure of any one office-holder must conclude within an appointed time but the party shall always remain. Thus, we must not fixate on transient personal differences but must join together for a greater purpose.
“Let us imbibe the spirit of give and take. Make the compromises and contributions needed to position the party that it can win elections, beginning with the presidential and governorship contests.
“I also ask people to desist from using the names of party leaders like of our President, Muhammadu Buhari, and my humble self to advance positions of which we have no knowledge and to which we did not give our consent.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria's minister of communications, has escalated the feud between him and Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, after he alleged that the incumbent governor of Oyo is afraid of his governorship aspiration.
The minister of communication disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, May 8, shortly after a closed door meeting with Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the APC's national chairman.
He was quoted to have said that the APC governor of Oyo state has failed in so many ways.
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