Tinubu dispels fears of implosion in APC, as Alao-Akala, Folarin others join party

APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents
File Photo of APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (30/10/17) 05775/30/10/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has dispelled fears that an implosion is imminent in the party due to the influx of defectors ahead of the 2019 elections.

The former governor of Lagos State spoke on Saturday on the side-lines of the reception organised by the APC for former Oyo State governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who defected from Labour Party and former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, and others who decamped from the PDP at the Mapo Hall Arcade, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He told journalists that the APC possessed the capacity to accommodate all the bigwigs and successfully manage all the challenges that would come with it.

“We have a stainless kitchen and we can accommodate as many cooks as possible and because we will have a variety of menu in the political kitchen of planning this future,” he said.

“We love those big wigs and we can accommodate them all. It is in the same forest that you find a hippo that you find an elephant and you will find a rabbit. In political platforms, you must look for the addition not the minus.”

Mr. Alao-Akala, who served as governor from 2007 to 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had moved to the Labour Party shortly before the 2015 general elections.

Other defectors who were received on Saturday include former deputy governor of the state and former Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Taofeek Arapaja; former Secretary to the State Government, Ayodele Adigun; and the only federal lawmaker elected on the platform of PDP to the House of Representatives. Segun Odebunmi.

Rauf Olaniyan, Ayoola Makanjuola, and Rasaq Gbadegesin were also received into the party along with their supporters.

Those who were at the Mapo Hall to receive the defectors were Mr. Tinubu, Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and his counterpart from Osun and Ondo States, Rauf Aregbesola and Rotimi Akeredolu.

Segun Oni, a former governor of Ekiti State and Deputy National Chairman (South West), as well as Pius Akinyelure, National Vice Chairman (South West) were also part of the reception.


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  • Lanre

    Thank you Bola Ahmed Tinubu for confirming that Nigerian politicians have no principles. Their ideology is self-comfort.

    • Segun B.

      Muhamadu Buhari is on a looting spree and he must be stopped
      forthwith. Nigeria is not a banana republic for the looting of one billion
      dollars by trick. All workers and all students must mobilize for the mother of all strikes to be rid of this bane and burden rolled into one, called Muhamadu Buhari – a 75 year old rustic yokel with only Primary Six certificate to show as his evidence of schooling and who therefore ranks as the most illiterate president in the world right now; compared to the presidents of all other countries. Buhari has no good intention for Nigerians. He came to loot for Muslims in northern Nigeria as a toxic president of Nigeria.

    • Radmann

      Buhari wants to withdraw one billion dollars to fight Boko Haram.
      The whole unity of the APC party is based on this corruptive thrft.

      • Odeku


        Yes O! APC party is united by theft;
        and by corruption and stealing – no account, no ideas, no ability to
        thinking, nothing good, just stealing and abusing opponents like ruffians. If
        you give these useless creatures called APC party another 20 years Nigeria will
        continue to go down into the worst recession. There is no single person in APC
        party with knowledge and with ability to think. Even the Bola Tinubu has no
        certificate of attendance of any primary or secondary school in this world. A
        party of illiterates can never move Nigeria forward. APC party of illiterates
        will destroy Nigeria.

        • staaaaaaaaaaa

          you dont even know the meaningof recession! Read all local andinternational economic neews about nigeria, you will surely see how daft you are.

    • aaapeecee


      APC is a party of illiterates; full of dunces, signifying nothing

      My people, we have spent two and half years under Muhamadu Buhari but it feels like 21 years of extreme
      suffering, just like hell fire that we read about in the Holy Bible. This Muhamadu Buhari is not it, he is a mistake
      of the head. We must change the CHANGE. Buhari has made Nigeria worse than he met it. He is an ignorant
      man in the idiotic class of ex-President Idi Amin of Uganda. The Muhamadu Buhari is saying he wants to run
      again in the year 2019 when he will be 77 years old. What an insult to the university and polytechnic graduates
      in Nigeria.

      A 77-year old man with no Wasc/Gce certificate wants to waste eight years of the lives of 29 million youths
      who are un-employed in Nigeria today.

      An armed struggle may ensue to stop that nonsense if care is not taken
      because Nigeria is not a mosque to be presided over by 77-year-old Islamist Jihadist. Buhari has surrounded
      himself with Muslims, most of them very dull and very daft. Three days ago, the Senate in session walked out
      Raji Fashola. The Senate said Raji Fasola is too too dull and incompetent and cannot articulate any sensible
      policy position on electricity provision. It is such empty-headed Muslims that appeal to President Buhari
      in his own fatal attraction to mediocrity and Islamist Jihadism.

      • amah sossy

        Jacob Zuma of south Africa has no formal education, Paul kagame has only school cert and has not gravitated the military echelon as pmb did. Things are little though but we are moving in the right direction.

  • ed

    APC the party of the big wings of corruption.
    They surprisingly made PDP corruption look like child play.

  • Claude NOLEZE

    Ehhmmm…….see them changing political parties as if they are p**n stars…chai funkeh!

  • Mike Dawodu

    Oh!It was okay when Atiku decamped to the PDP.the wailers said that APC was about to implode, they predicted that there would be a gale of defections from the APC to the PDP but they’ve been shocked to their bone marrows to observe that Atiku is a political orphan and even the governor of his state said he’ll be in APC for life and since his defection, many other pdp big wigs have moved over to the apc.They always forget that for the average Nigerian politician, it’s all about interest not ideology,well you you can go on with your atiku or death mantra,you just don’t have the numbers and your atiku may not even be able to buy the pdp presidential ticket eventually,good luck with that.With the kinds of defections witnessed yesterday in oyo state and with more to come in other places,I think pdp is dead in oyo state and the south west generally.So the wailers can cry me a river,all their whining ain’t moving nobody.

  • MaskedPhantom

    As expected, when the yaribats lost the bid to become the PDP National Chairman, their treachery DNA went into quick fire. Even more so now that Jubrin has withdrawn $1billion to grease the wheels of his re-election…. The stomach infrastructure has become irresistable.
    Hear the eminent Jagagban “We have a stainless kitchen and we can accommodate as many cooks as possible and because we will have a variety of menu in the political kitchen of planning this future,”

    • O8jays


      • Son of Truth


        “Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed
        work as an adviser on media to President Buhari, he had admonished
        me: “Adesina, always tell me the truth. That is what I want from you. In
        this type of position I have found myself, it is very easy not to be told the
        truth. People will just tell you what they think you want to hear. But from
        you, I want the truth. As a General, I may argue, but please argue with me.
        Tell me the truth always

        Based on that blank cheque I’d been given, I went to the residence one
        evening last year to see the President. That was the time there was the
        deafening talk of hunger from different parts of the country. I wanted to be
        sure that the talk was not being filtered from the President. Of course, I know
        him as somebody who reads newspapers religiously, and wherever we are in the
        face of the world, he asks for media highlights from Nigeria. So, he would not
        be unaware of what Nigerians were going through. But I still wanted to raise it
        with him.

        “Mr President, there is hunger in the land, and people are
        complaining. I know the government is doing its best, but I just want you to be
        ,” I said.

        …………….Femi Adesina

        (December 17th, 2017)

  • newvoice404

    nemesis apologists particularly from the SE are worked up and wailing as usual because their nemisis- Tinubu they hate so much is turning the table against them so much and depleting them so seriously as 2019 beckons. PDP might genuinely score zero in all zones of Nigeria except SE. Shame

    • Odeku


      Bola Tinubu has no certificate
      of attendance of any primary or secondary school anywhere in this world.
      A party of illiterates cannot move Nigeria forward. The APC party of illiterates
      may ultimately destroy this federal republic of Nigeria.

    • cheky

      Why not talk about PDP and leave SE out of your “miserable life”, Alao Akala and Folarin (“whom you called devils” and who have no electoral values) have suddenly become your assets. BTW, how does this concern the Igbos?