An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Osinkolu, has said that the South-West caucus of the party will resist attempts to rubbish the party’s National Leader, Aiswaju Bola Tinubu.
This is just as he advised the national leadership of the governing party to address the crisis over the outcome of the National Assembly elections, which he said could polarise the party.
All has not been well with the APC since Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara defied the party’s directive not to vie for the National Assembly leadership positions.
The duo went ahead to contest, entering into an alliance with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to emerge Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively.
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 fight Tinubu at the expense of the party, when the former Lagos State Governor was only protecting the sanctity of the party’s supremacy.
In a statement he issued in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Friday, Osinkolu urged the South-West caucus of the APC to resist being used against Tinubu.
He said, “We are not against the leaderships of Saraki and 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 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 rubbish Tinubu will backfire. The people should not forget that the likes of Saraki, Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the five Peoples Democratic Party governors that defected and helped the APC to win the presidential poll started like a child’s play”.