“2023 presidential ambition hanging in the balance” – APC founding members tell Tinubu over support for Oshiomhole
Twelve founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have said its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu can kiss his rumoured 2023 presidential ambition goodbye if he does not desist from supporting National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in his battle with protégé, Godwin Obaseki.
According to Vanguard, the founding members stated this in a Thursday statement.
“We are also making this demand, bearing in mind that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is eagerly desirous of continuing from where PMB stops in 2023, and his response to issues of the day within the APC, will signpost how the soup will eventually taste.
“We made this assertion with all sense of responsibility based on the belief that our party deserves the best and we are proud to have some of the best democrats Nigeria has produced as leaders of our party.
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“Therefore as one of the best democrats in the history of our country, Asiwaju needs to categorically declare his position on many of the contentious decisions of the Comrade Oshiomhole’s NWC.
“This calls to question the democratic credentials of our party and with it the democratic orientation of our leaders in the party.
“Will our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, be on the side of fairness and democracy? The side of justice and reconciliation, or the side of impunity and disunity perpetrated by no other person than the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?” the statement read in part.
“We would recall that the APC has set up a powerful reconciliation Committee under the revered former National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande.
“However, to date, nothing has happened. Moreover, is that how we will keep trudging till 2023? No reconciliation, only acrimonies, engineered by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?
“Is that how we want to pay the sacrifices made by the duo, President Buhari and Asiwaju?
“Clearly, as the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu will be doing party members a great deal of injustice without coming out and providing reconciliatory direction on this crucial matter of internal party disputes.
“We would not like to entertain the idea that the moral authority of our National Leader cannot be activated now, to put the APC on an even keel for more exploits in 2023 and beyond.
“We should not forget that we have suffered incalculable losses since 2015, and even more crucially by sheer mismanagement of our affairs, we are inadvertently giving oxygen to the PDP, a failed political formation that we thought we had castrated in 2015.”