The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday took another dimension as a youth group apparently sympathetic the party’s national chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, told the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu, to limit his political empire to the South-west region “because Nigeria is bigger than a region or Lagos state.”.
They further called on the APC leader “to either leave the party or curtail his greed” while adding that he is not a God to determine the fate of the APC leadership.
The youth group said this when they led a protest to the national secretariat of the APC yesterday.
Addressing newsmen yesterday during the protest, the national coordinator of APC Youths Democratic Frontiers (APCYDF), Salahudeen A. Lukman, accused Tinubu of “undermined the position of Mr. President by incessantly sponsoring the spurious ridicule of his anti-corruption fight. Each time fake stories of impropriety is written about these appointees, paid critics and activists on hire are always quick to accuse President Buhari of fighting corruption while surrounding himself with corrupt people but we all know this is far from the truth.
“It is on this note that we call on Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to either leave the APC or curtail his greed, toe the line andexhibit the kind of loyaltu needed for party cohesion whether from ordinary members or national leaders.”
“What we learnt is that Tinubu is attacking these aides of Mr. President because he believes he should have been the one who makes appointments into those positions as opposed to what happened when Mr. President acted in national interest and cohesion to appoint tested and trusted individuals.
The group while expressing support for Chief Oyegun led leadership of the APC, said “we can no longer fold our arms while we watch and allow party feudal lords to expropriate our party’s ethics simply on regional nomenclature aimed at usurping party’s national interest.
“It should be stated categorically that we are no longer comfortable with the whims and caprices of an orchestrated Jagaban resident in Bourdilion, Lagos and directed at misdirecting our progressives party simply to achieve egocentric empirical relevance.
“Let us state on a sad note that this overbearing tendency on the part of Tinubu is not limited to the federal level alone, he meddles in the affairs of even states that are not his home states.”
Recall Tinubu had issued a press statement demanding the resignation of Chief Oyegun as the national chairman of APC over an alleged fraud committed at the recent controversial primary poll in Ondo state.