Following recent faceoff between the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the national chairman of the party, Chief Odigie Oyegun, the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday called on the party executive to wade into the crisis, saying the ex-Lagos governor’s political power and influence cannot be whittled down by anybody.
The House therefore resolved to write the leadership of the party after a motion moved by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh was adopted.
It was also directed that apart from sending a letter to the national executive council, a copy of such letter should be made available to the state chapter.
Speaking under “Matters of Urgent Public Importance,” Braimoh and others also questioned the ‘silence’ of the presidency over the face-off, especially given the “years of sacrifice and financial commitments” Tinubu had made for the emergence of APC in Nigeria’s political landscape and the nation’s democracy as a whole.
Braimoh and other lawmakers also said that an insult to the personality of Tinubu was synonymous with an insult to the entire Yoruba race, especially given the leadership role he (Tinubu) had played in the unification of the Yoruba nation.
“The entire situation does not bode well for the internal democracy of our great party, and efforts must be put in place by all stakeholders to arrive at a quick resolution. Therefore, to achieve this, we call on the leadership of APC to call the party’s executive to order with a view to ensuing that adequate respect and honour is given to the leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Tinubu,” he said.
The move was supported by many members of the House, including some of the principal officers – Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Sanni-Eshilokun; Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, and Deputy Majority Leader, Wahab Jimoh, who unanimously remarked that the “ongoing fight is not just against Tinubu, but against vision and posterity,” while also adding that “Asiwaju Tinubu is too big a personality anybody could toy with.”
In his submission, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who equally threw his weight behind the call, also argued that rather than being seen as apathetic to the whole development, President Muhammadu Buhari should play the role of a father who will truly unite everybody in the party.
“The signal coming from the presidency is not good enough. Appointments had been made without Tinubu’s knowledge, and major decisions had been made without adequate consideration given for his view and opinion. We believe this is not good enough and it is a sign of disrespect for a personality like Tinubu whose contributions to the consummation of APC in Nigeria can never be brushed aside,” Obasa said.