APC To Probe Tinubu For Anti-Party Moves, Oyegun Seeks Peace
There are indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have intiiated moves to probe its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for anti-party activities over his rumoured support for the Alliance for Democracy in the forthcoming Ondo governorship poll.
Tinubu’s preferred aspirant, Segun Abraham lost his bid to fly the APC flag at the governorship election having been defeated by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, whose emergence subsequently attracted great controversy.
In the wake of allegations of alterations of the delegates’ register to influence Akeredolu’s emergence, the national working committee of the APC had agreed to review the results of the primary election but national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, proceeded to submit Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Tinubu in a vexed reaction, called for Oyegun’s resignation as party chairman, accusing him of attempting to subvert the democratic ideals of the party.
Since then, there have been speculations that Tinubu has thrown his weight behind Chief Olusola Oke, the AD candidate in the governorship election who also decamped from the APC after losing at the controversial primary election.
Many have described Tinubu’s tacit support for Oke as an anti-party move.
A number of APC chieftains who spoke with Punch told the newspaper that plans had been initiated to investigate Tinubu and any other persons involved in anti-party activities.
Publicity secretary of Ondo state chapter of the APC, Mr Abayomi Adesanya, said specifically that some members loyal to Tinubu had been found to be involved in some activities against the party in recent times.
Abayomi said, “We have yet to confirm if our National Leader is involved in anti-party activities but we will investigate; we are very sure that some of his boys here are involved in anti-party activities but when it is time, appropriate action would be meted to them.
“Anti-party action is a serious offence in any political party and in our own party, total expulsion is the penalty.”
Reacting however, a chieftain of the APC loyal to Tinubu, Mr Bola Ilori, said APC members who supported Rotimi Akeredolu’s emergence as the party’s candidate were those involved in anti-party activities.
Ilori alleged that the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was also involved in anti-party activities by allegedly using veto power to over-rule the recommendation of the Electoral Appeal Committee and submitted Akeredolu’s name to INEC.
Meanwhile, Chief Oyegun has called on Asiwaju Tinubu to allow peace reign and work with him to ensure victory at the election.
The Nation reports that he also denied submitting Akeredolu’s name against the decision of the party.
He said: “There was absolutely no meeting which I chaired that voted in the manner alleged. Clearly, the report on which the media office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu acted was a figment of someone’s wild imagination.”
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