Per week after the Ondo State governorship election, there are indications that the All Progressives Congress leaders, significantly the Nationwide Working Committee members, are nonetheless divided over a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Saturday PUNCH reliably learnt in Abuja on Friday that the get together leaders had not agreed on the way to deal with the previous governor on his alleged function within the Ondo State ballot.
Whereas some members imagine that Tinubu and the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, labored towards the curiosity of the social gathering within the election, others are of the view that the duo did no fallacious.
It was gathered that the hardliners within the APC, who’re principally towards Tinubu, are calling for the sanctioning of the previous governor and his loyalists.
Investigations confirmed that different APC leaders had known as for warning, arguing that any powerful measure towards Tinubu would destroy the occasion.
It was learnt that these, who’re sympathetic to the previous governor, stated the occasion ought to reconcile with him.
A chieftain of the celebration, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, mentioned, “We now have instructed those that are towards the person to recollect his contributions to the formation of the APC and the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari. We must always not take any motion that can destroy the social gathering.”
However these calling for sanctions insisted that there needs to be penalties for occasion members who engaged in anti-occasion actions, no matter their standing.
They argued that such sanctions would ship a robust message to would-be rebels.
A former lawmaker, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on the situation of anonymity, mentioned, “We must always not deal with Tinubu like a god. The legal guidelines of the occasion ought to apply to all members.”
These against punitive actions towards Tinubu argued that the end result of the Ondo governorship election provided a brand new alternative to unite relatively than additional divide the celebration.
However the APC leaders calling for sanctions are accusing the 2 occasion leaders of allegedly supporting candidates of rival political events in opposition to APC’s commonplace bearer through the polls.
Particularly, they’re accused of supporting the candidature of Chief Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy with funds and different logistics.
Oke had defected to the AD to contest the Ondo governorship election after dropping to Akeredolu within the get together’s main held on September three, 2016.
A supply, who confided in one in all our correspondents, additionally stated one other South-West APC governor was additionally amongst these believed to have funded Oke’s campaigns.
The supply was silent on whether or not the governor would additionally face sanction or not.
One of many occasion leaders, who appealed for warning, stated, “The result of the Ondo election is sufficient humiliation for these individuals. Why would anyone need to add salt to harm by sanctioning them?
“Moreover, we can not afford at this stage of our growth to start to behave like the previous ruling celebration. Did anybody see Asiwaju or Aregbesola anyplace close to Oke’s marketing campaign? You understand it’s regular for politicians to drop names if such names will give them an edge over opponents.”
A member of the APC Nationwide Working Committee loyal to Tinubu, mentioned requires sanctions in opposition to Tinubu had been misplaced.
He mentioned, “Who’re these making such calls? I’m certain they’re individuals who didn’t know the way the APC was fashioned. When did exhibiting choice for a selected get together member over one other represent an anti-get together exercise?
“Anybody who can present proof of any anti-get together exercise in opposition to Tinubu ought to come out within the open as an alternative of chasing shadows.”
Tinubu contributed to the success of APC in Ondo –Aide
When contacted, Particular Adviser (Media), to Tinubu, Mr. Tunde Rahman, mentioned, “I’m not conscious of any such name (to sanction Tinubu). If there’s any, it has no foundation. As a pacesetter of the get together, Asiwaju Tinubu contributed his quota to the success of the APC in Ondo, however his preliminary misgivings concerning the get together’s primaries. And instantly Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu emer
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