The row between All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader , Chief Bola Tinubu and the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun indicates a major crack in the party, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, has said.
Speaking to Nigerian Tribune in Jos, he said it was sad that such disagreement between two founding fathers of APC could degenerated to the level of Tinubu asking Oyegun to resign from office
“We have just started; the disagreement is just too early and uncalled for. The two of them are experienced politicians and friends of long standing as far as politics is concern. We are disappointed an issue such as the Ondo state gubernatorial primary could lead to this level.
“There is no doubt about it that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu contributed to the emergence of Chief Oyegun to be the national chairman of APC. Instead of fighting, Tinubu should tell the party why he wants the national chairman to resign. He prompted him to be chairman; he should tell us how he failed the party,” Kwande stated.
He said politics was all about mutual understanding, give and take, but that politicians often stepped on each other’s toes because of personal interest.
“What is happening now is all about politics. It is all about people disagreeing in order to agree; it is an opportunity for our supporters to know what is happening. But, it is unfortunate that things are getting to this level.
“As far as some of us are concerned, we don’t know that they are quarreling because they are friends and loyalists. But from all indications, there are cracks on the wall, and supporters of Tinubu or Oyegun might be the ones fueling the disagreement and deepening the crack,” the former envoy said.
He appealed to all the founding fathers of APC, especially those that worked assiduously to ensure it formed the central government to go back to the drawing board and put things right before it further degenerated.
Kwande also implored those in leadership positions from the party to allow APC structures to function, as the government work to deliver on campaign promises.