By Wahab Oladejo
Any genuine lover of our great party, APC, would not feel indifferent about the ‘cold war’ currently going on between the National Leader of our party, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the immediate- past the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, on the one hand; and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Fashola on the other hand.
Since the ‘war’ became public knowledge, party members, who had taken sides with the trio, as well as the gladiators themselves have resulted to name calling with each camp striving to gain a moral ground over another. Any discerning mind would have known that the end result of the face-off, if continues unabated, would come to hunt the party’s chances to consolidate itself in subsequent elections not only in Lagos State but in the South-west, and by extension in Nigeria as a whole.
Having experienced, first-hand, the consequences of a division within a political family, which has further strengthened my belief in our elders’ saying that ‘a house divided against itself is a house waiting to be crumbled’, I can, therefore, categorically say that the end-result of the bickering would not do any camp any good, thus, the need for the gladiators to sheath their swords.
Being a fervent believer in a constituted authority and a respecter of hierarchical order of leadership, I will queue behind those who have urged Fashola to initiate a peace move with a view to nipping the crises in the bud and consequently shaming his haters.
It is with this in mind that I want to make a reference to a statement credited to Otunba Ajiboye, which highlighted the relationship among the personalities involved but warned of the dangers inherent in the face-off should it be allowed to snowball beyond its embryonic stage: “If you all refuse to listen to advice and the situation gets messier, that treasure will leave the family and go to the enemy, who will tear the three of you apart in the fashion of a lion- devouring its prey”.
Therefore, in the interest of politics of progressivism and all of us who have so much fate in you (both Fashola & Gov. Ambode) should help turn Asiwaju into an institution that would become a fountain of knowledge from which the future generation would tap wisdom endlessly.
We grew up to see late Obafemi Awolowo in that light. Do not break the chord. Now that we have made a solid contribution in to the centre, our house should be put in order. Let’s all bury the hatchet and move forward, so that the South-west can be proud of you all.
•Oladejo is a former member, Oyo State House of Assembly representing Ido State Constituency.