APC Crisis: Atiku backs Tinubu

Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

A former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has charged the party to promote the rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs, noting that they were germane to its unity and stability.

He gave the charge in a statement on Wednesday against the background of the festering crisis trailing the conduct of the APC gubernatorial primary in Ondo State.

A former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, had on Sunday demanded the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of favouring an aspirant in the gubernatorial primaries in Ondo State and forcing his choice through using a sleight of hand.

Mr. Tinubu, who alleged that the national chairman was perpetrating injustice, said the development showed that there was an evil and regressive force within the APC using Mr. Oyegun to derail the party’s democratic and progressive tenets.

The name of a former National President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu, was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, as the APC candidate in the November election, despite protest by other aspirants and some members of the party’s national working committee.

Mr. Abubakar said it was imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”

He argued that the party was supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis amongst its members in any given election.

He further contended that since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.

“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” he said.

The former vice president also noted that pretending a problem doesn’t exist won’t make that problem go away, and therefore, advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching and address why this problem arose and escalated.

According to Mr. Atiku, the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.

He, however, urged aggrieved members of the APC in the Ondo election to exercise restraint in seeking redress to the crisis.

He also urged the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party.


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  • Ganiyu

    Strange bedfellows…IMPLOSION!

    • aisha ani

      That’s right, we will revisit this Atiku’s alleged support of Tinubu!

  • Muhammad

    Good talk and stand on Ondo .
    The very same should have applied in the formation of the leadership of the Senate and House .

  • sir Oscie

    On Point Turaki.
    For unity, strength, firmness and peace to ruin in any political party due process and rule of law must be adhered to without compromise.
    Chief Oyegun should have a rethink if the accusations levelled against him are anything to go by because you cannot break the same laws you’re suppose to uphold and feel there will not be consequences for that kind of action.
    Apc should from what happened to the former ruling party PDP or risk the party’s fate.

  • Mr. Abdin

    They should put their acts together in order to fix the country.

  • Nuorah

    If the right thing is done in the APC, the party will move forward.

  • Baba Jada

    It is unfair to say Atiku is supporting Tinubu, Atiku made a neutral statement as he normally does when it relates to such matters. calling for unity and peaceful resolution is not picking sides.

  • Zirem

    As the former vice president Atiku Abubakar has always pointed out, party leadership should always be guided by
    respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus, the whole leadership, cos that has always been the biggest problem. Is the falling out in the PDP which was the ruling party for 16 years not lesson enough?

  • tuby NY

    It’s a TRUE and a noble statement by Mr. Atiku — and even a very good public-outcry and NICE observation by Mr. Tinubu’s too. It’s this kind of situation (not following party rules or playing favoritism.. though they all DO IT anyway/mostly) that TORE pdp apart and they still haven’t recovered a bit yet yo.

  • Olamide

    Asiwaju is a man of integrity and will do what makes the country move forward. He is a strong force to reckon with and will always continue to be

    • dotun

      Man of thieftegrity you mean olamide

  • abodes_124

    i think the cat is already among the pigeons. let us see

  • ayobamiba

    APC is a formidable axis of evil that Satan used to punish Nigeria, may God Almighty implode,explode and destroy that conclave of wickedness ,so that Nigeria will live again. If APC continue to prosper and flourish,Nigeria shall continue to be in sorrow, great pain,tears and blood.may God forgive our nation the sins that brought that evil afflictions and destroy this evil gang for Nigeria to live again. So help our nation oh God.

    • PolyGon2013

      You will have another chance in 2019 to vote for your preferred party.

  • Realitytalk

    The truth has ben said , the nation shall be better, we said all this thing to move the nation forward and the chairman should not derial from the good governance of PMB