A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State and ex-Senatorial aspirant , Mr Segun Osinkolu has vowed that the Southwest caucus of the party would resist any attempt to bring down the party’s National Leader, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the party’s decision-making process .
Osinkolu described as very unfortunate and disturbing, the supremacy battle in the National Assembly, culminating in the election of Senator Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate and Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker, House of Representatives. Osinkolu said it was a gross political miscalculation and misdirected act of vengeance, for some bigwigs in the party to see the battle as an opportunity to decimate Tinubu, even at the expense of the party, when the National leader was only protecting the sanctity of the party’s supremacy.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Osinkolu advised the Southwest caucus of the party to refrain from being used against Tinubu, the party’s undisputed leader and benefactor, just for some people outside the zone to achieve their egocentric motives .
Osinkolu expressed confidence in the ability of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun –led National Working Committee to bring the situation under control, to foster cohesion and unity of purpose.
Osinkolu , however, appealed to the party’s leaders to reign on those who thought they could undermine the party and demonise perceived opponents, for them to actualize their personal ambitions, so that the acceptability currently being enjoyed by the party would continue to blossom .
The APC Chieftain added that Tinubu remains a respectable national leader in APC and a father figure for the party’s members in the six States in the Southwest geopolitical zone, saying any attempt to muzzle him in a party he had laboured so well to build will be resisted vehemently.
“We are not against the leadership of Senator Saraki and Hon Dogara in the National Assembly. They are leaders of our party who deserve to hold any position of their choice as guaranteed by the constitution.
“But we frown at the way some of these leaders have been painting our Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu in bad light. They craftily painted the entire power struggle to mean a struggle between the APC and Tinubu. This is bad politics and we condemn such in its entirety.
“Any Attempt to bring Tinubu down or rubbish him in APC will backfire. They should not forget that the likes of Saraki, Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the five PDP Governors that defected and helped the APC to win the presidential poll started like a child’s play before it snowballed into an uncontrollable level. So, the APC must learn from history in order not to fall into the same pit.
“They said Tinubu was the one propping up Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate Presidency and Speakership positions. Immediately after election, Gbajabiamila congratulated Dogara and promised to work with him. Where then did Tinubu get connected in this matter?
“This issue became worrisome to some of us because the battle is gradually assuming an ethnic colouration even less than one month President Muhammadu Buhari took over the reign of government. People are beginning to insinuate that some people are pursuing ethnic agenda in our party”.
Osinkolu appealed to the warring factions in the National Assembly to close ranks, to be able to form a formidable posture that would work for the realization of the Buhari’s avowed stand to bring radical change in the system.